The wedding season is on and its time for the brides to take care of them selves. One of the most important things is not only to look good, but to feel good from within. Always remember that everything is going to be forgotten, but the only thing that is going to be remembered is the photographs that you are going to see on your marriage album every now and then.
So what should your pre-marital work out be like? The most effective way of losing weight is to develop a healthy eating habit. Before the big day completely stop eating junk food like chocolates, ice-creams chips, doughnuts and everything from the packets. But do not starve your self. Just be a little careful about what you pop in to your mouth. Eat a healthy well balanced diet. Trying to cut down on food drastically will only lead to temporary weight loss and when you go back to normal eating will gain all that weight that you have lost or probably even more. The reason being is that when you cut down on food, the metabolism slows down and the body goes on starvation mode.
Nutritionist Samreedhi Sharma says, “Eat regular five to six small meals a day. Do not skip breakfast. Eat healthy food that is going to nourish your body and keep your energy level high. Eat complex carbohydrates which will give you energy. Have five servings of fresh fruits and vegetables. Good sources of protein include lean meat, fish, egg whites, dairy products, beans and pulses.”
Complex carbohydrates include whole- wheat bread, whole- wheat pasta, multi-grain, cereals and pulses. Stay away from red meat and also processed meat. White meat like chicken is good for the health and an excellent source of protein. Incorporate in a diet that is rich in antioxidants like brightly coloured vegetables.
Do cardiovascular exercises which will help you in shedding weight. But don’t overdo anything because you should look like an under-nourished bride. The aim is to shed the extra flab before the big day. Exercise will make you feel good as it will release the happy hormones. Go for a run and climb up stairs. Practice power yoga. Dance to tone up your body. You can do aerobics thrice a week.
Do a little weight training too for toning up your muscles. If you are wearing a strapless gown or a short sleeve blouse with a saree then your arms and shoulders needs to get well toned. Some light weight training exercises should be added to your fitness regime. Tone up your muscles with dumbbells over the next two weeks. Fitness expert Rashi Raj says, “Make sure you start up gently and warm up first. Don’t overdo anything because you may end up harming your self. Do weight training only under the guidance of a trained fitness expert. Weight training should be done twice a week for minimum thirty minutes per session.”
Keep your self hydrated by drinking plenty of water. Water cleanses your system and gives a natural glow to your skin. You should drink at least two liters of water a day. Do not drink sugary drinks and fizzy colas. Try fresh lime and fresh fruit juice instead. Cut down on tea and coffee. Switch to herbal tea. Just develop a taste for it and soon you will realize that you cannot drink the conventional India tea.
Sleep foe at least eight hours. Take a break and take plenty of rest and you will be glowing on the Big Day.