Get Your Bride Body Back
Join REDBOOK's Wedding Dress Challenge and get your bride body back by June
There's a nasty version of the wedding march--Here comes the bride, soon she'll be wide--that rings true for many of us. Oftentimes, happiness puts the weight on. We blob blissfully on the couch with the hubster, and, of course, we have babies. But REDBOOK'S Wedding Dress Challenge can get you back to the sexy body you had as a bride! The first step is examining your eating habits.
Here's Renew Your Healthy Eating Vows
There's no single right way to diet, so we encourage you to pick the plan that fits your life, whether that's a commercial program like Weight Watchers, counting calories, or just committing to the sane eating guidelines below. "When it comes to eating for weight loss, you can't afford to wing it," says New York City registered dietitian Stephanie Middleberg. "The pizza will almost always call to you louder than the salad. What's your game plan when it does?" These are some research-proven, basic rules from Middleberg that can help you drop up to two pounds a week.
1. Eat three balanced meals and two small snacks a day. Find out how many total calories your body needs, or use this little cheat sheet: Breakfast: 300 calories + Lunch: 400 calories + Afternoon snack: 150 calories + Dinner: 500 calories + Evening snack: 150 calories Check out our Wedding Dress Challenge meal planner for meals that meet the requirements.
2. Swap refined carbohydrates like white bread and noodles for complex ones like brown rice, quinoa, beans, lentils, and whole-grain pasta and bread. Try to keep it to one to two servings (1/2 cup, cooked--or two slices, in the case of bread) a day.
3. Sneak belly-filling fiber into your diet wherever you can--say, by sprinkling a few tablespoons of ground flaxseed over your yogurt, throwing some spinach into your pasta sauce, or topping your oatmeal with berries.
4. Take it easy on sugar. If you must have a sweet, count it as one of your 150-calorie snacks.
Related: 25 Snacks Under 150 Calories
5. Eat veggies at every lunch and dinner, and aim to have fruit twice a day.
6. Get some lean protein-such as eggs, chicken, turkey, tofu, or beans-at each meal to rev up your metabolism and keep you full.
Related: 8 Ways to Speed Up Your Metabolism
7. Keep a food journal for the first week, and any time you feel yourself slipping, you can use your notebook, the calendar on your iPhone, or sparkpeople.com (it's free). When you write down what you eat, you're less likely to snack mindlessly. Hi, broken cookie!
8. Hit the grocery store to stock up on healthy foods.
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