Shedding for the Wedding: How to Slim Down for Your Walk Down the Aisle

by | Updated: December 3rd, 2016 | Read time: 3 minutes

Whether you’re a bride-to-be, the proud parent-of-the-bride, a bridesmaid or a guest who wants to look your best, a wedding day is a time to look and feel fabulous. The pursuit of “shedding for the wedding” has become famed in recent years, as women starve in their determination to look gorgeous in their gowns. But we’d like to offer a reality check: You want to enjoy that wedding day, not feel faint throughout! You can lose weight safely and effectively in a healthy way by following these tips:

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“¢   Eat breakfast. It might seem contradictory to start  off by saying “eat,” but studies show that eating breakfast  helps you control your food intake the rest of the day, optimizes your  metabolism and gives you a boost of energy to take on all those  pre-wedding day tasks. We’re not talkin’ about toasted coconut donuts,  though!

Enjoy a healthy breakfast such as oatmeal, whole grain cereals, an    egg white omelet or a protein shake. Catch 22: Avoid breakfast choices with sugar, which will give you an energy spike and then a plummet. A good  choice: Erewhon Organic Crispy Brown Rice Cereal without salt, topped with  unsweetened soy milk such as White Wave Unsweetened Organic Silk ® Soymilk.

“¢   Need a pick-me-up so you figure you’ll steer to  Starbucks or another café? Watch what you order. Although a cuppa coffee  can perk you up, a fancy drink made with cream, sugar and chocolate can  cost you as much as 800 fattening calories!

Instead, hydrate your body with water and nosh on food, not liquid calories, for energy. Pair lean protein with good carbohydrates such as fruit or whole grains. For  example, you could enjoy low-fat string cheese with a pear, or a whole  grain cracker spread with nut butter. Keep canned fruit packed in its  natural juice, such as Edward & Sons Native Forest, on hand.

“¢   Here’s a tip to take off pounds fast: Make salad the  focus of your lunch and dinner. Pile up the green lettuce, slice and dice tomatoes, use assorted summer squash raw (or lightly steam, cool and keep  in the fridge just for this purpose), and chop mushrooms on top. For nature’s best source of protein: Beans! They’re fiber-rich, inexpensive  and low in fat. Try different types, such as pinto beans, chick peas and kidney beans.

A delicious combination: Eden Foods Organic Cannellini White  Kidney Beans over tomatoes and thinly sliced purple onions, topped with a  sprinkling of fat-free string cheese, diced left-over chicken breast or  tofu. Over it all, use calorie-free salad dressing from Walden Farms, in flavors ranging from Honey Dijon to Thousand Island.

“¢   Can’t wait for a slice of wedding cake and want to lose weight but have your cake now? We’re all over that idea! Just go with a sugar-free, high protein version: an Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard  Whey Protein Cookies’n’Crème shake. With just 130 calories per scoop, you can blend up with unsweetened almond milk  for a divine dessert or before-bed sweet dreams treat.

Joanne Eglash,’s Diet Diva, has a master of science in holistic nutrition and more than 15 years experience as a nutrition consultant, blogger, author and journalist. She has written for a wide range of publications and websites, including,Natural Health magazine, Shape magazine, Success magazine, Energy for Women and Chefs. Joanne is currently the national Diets columnist for the online news and entertainment site,, and a features food columnist for Yahoo.