Losing for Love
Looking to lose weight and shape up for the big day? Whether the bride-to-be, groom, mother of the bride, bridesmaid, or wedding guest – we all want to look, and feel, our best at a wedding. From rigorous fitness regimes, diets, aesthetic beauty treatments, or a combination of all 3, there are myriad ways to help you shape up before tying the knot.
But which should you choose? How long do you need to see real results, and how realistic and achievable is it? Wedding planning is stressful enough as it is, and whilst it may make you feel more motivated to shape up, it can also put increasing pressure on you as the date gets closer. Losing weight, shaping up and getting fit all takes time and there is no magic cure. So, whatever you decide to do, it pays to get started well before the I do’s – and do it safely and in a way that will help you sustain your results.
The best advice is to approach your weight loss and fitness as you would your wedding planning – write down your goals and set yourself weekly targets to aim for. Be realistic, follow the plan and stick to it!
Using a Personal Trainer
For added motivation, support and to help you stay on track with your fitness and weight loss goals, it can pay dividends to use a Personal Trainer.
As Evelyn Druro, assistant fitness manager and personal trainer at Eastwell Manor (www.eastwellmanor.co.uk) says: “It is never easy to lose weight without being content with your own plan. However, that shouldn’t be too hard if you have a good plan and you enjoy the journey. Everyone is different – from body shape and composition to preferred exercises and eating habits. But having a well-planned programme can help you to feel amazing for your wedding.
“As a personal trainer, I have seen many people who could easily get in shape without making too many changes – perhaps lowering their carb intake slightly, or adding some extra cardio to their workout routine before the wedding. On the flipside, I have seen those who have struggled for the first few days to exercise more and eat better, but after that it gets easier.
“The biggest truth is, if you want to lose weight you need to eat fewer calories and move more. But it’s not always that easy.”
Everyone is an individual and there is no set time limit as to when you will reach your goals. Everyone has a different journey, which could take from as little as 4 weeks up to 6 months. Having a personal trainer allows you to have a well-designed and continuous workout and eating plan, designed specifically for you and what you want to achieve. Having them by your side, also helps keep up your motivation and means you have a ‘buddy’ to support and help you through the highs and lows.
But as Evelyn points out, commitment is crucial. “Don’t forget that the “Big Day” is just a day – and your real journey starts after that. Keeping yourself fit, and eating healthy and nourishing food, will make you feel better for longer. If you want help, come and see us in Eastwell Manor, where we offer our special Champneys Younique PT programmes, and promise you the best way to get in shape for the most “unique day” in your life.”
Diet and Fitness Combined
Diet and fitness together is a winning combination, and can really see you lose the pounds and inches.
musclefood’s Do The Unthinkable programme (www.musclefood.com/do-the-unthinkable) takes all the stress and worry out of a pre-wedding diet. By choosing either five, six or seven days’ worth of food, worrying about what you eat is a thing of the past, leaving you with more time to plan for the big day.
The programme includes three meals and three snacks a day, which are all delivered chilled and fresh to your door each week and take less than 12 minutes to cook.
These balanced meals are paired with fitness sessions that last 30 minutes and can be completed from the comfort of your own home. musclefood.com’s personal trainer Steve Ahern is also on hand throughout the programme to offer you advice and support, as will the Do The Unthinkable community group.
The 12-week programme, whose celebrity fans include Josie Gibson, Neil Ruddock and Jonathan Tapper, has been designed to make getting in shape easy. With prices starting from £60 a week, Do The Unthinkable has been proven to help people lose around a stone a month – perfect in the lead up to a wedding.
Simply log on to choose your weekly meal options, and wait for the knock on the door.
Even when we diet, exercise and live a healthy lifestyle, some pockets of fat can be troublesome to get rid of – especially as we get older and our metabolism slows.
We all naturally carry fat differently in the body – some of us will carry more fat on the torso and back, while others struggle with the appearance of their hips and thighs, and some with their stomach.
To help combat these problem areas and shape up stubborn areas, there is a range of non-surgical aesthetic treatments we can turn to.
3D Liposuction at Elite Aesthetics (www.elite-aesthetics.co.uk) is a revolutionary treatment in the world of non-surgical aesthetics, as it provides an easy, painless and quick alternative to traditional liposuction. It uses a combination of five programmes to provide an all-in-one treatment plan, designed to reduce fat as well as reduce the appearance of cellulite and tighten skin, leaving your body looking slimmer, younger and more toned. 3D Lipo has an increasingly popular celebrity following – including Colleen Rooney, Amy Childs, Patsy Kensit, and Danielle Armstrong, and has also been featured on ITV’s the Lorraine Show.
By combining four programmes, 3D Lipo is able to combat pockets of stubborn fat, as well as excess skin and the appearance of cellulite, to create an all-in-one treatment for fat reduction, leaving you with a body that is slim, smooth and ready to show off for your wedding.
CoolSculpting is the gold standard non-surgical body sculpting treatment. It is FDA cleared, meaning it not only delivers results but is extremely safe as well.
As Ritu Valecha-Sood, marketing manager of Tunbridge Wells-based Bella Vou (www.bellavou.co.uk) explains, “If your goal is to reduce a particular area of fat (such as a muffin top), then it can be even more discouraging to make a time sacrifice nearly every day only to see results appear very slowly, if at all. As any personal trainer will tell you, you can’t spot-reduce with exercise. The best you can do is work out and eat better and hope that fat falls away from the areas that bother you most.
“Ever since CoolSculpting ushered in the era of non-surgical fat reduction when it received FDA approval in 2010, it remains the gold standard..
“The patented cooling technology freezes fat without damaging the skin or tissue surrounding fat cells. CoolSculpting is now able to reduce fat in virtually all of the body’s trouble spots, including the abdomen, inner and outer thighs, and just below the chin.”
The treatment is aimed at helping people to reduce stubborn pockets of fat, and so works perfectly alongside healthy eating and exercise – there’s no need to wait until you finish a weight loss programme before using it.
As Dr Sophie Shotter from Illuminate Skin & Wellness in Kings Hill (illuminateskinclinic.co.uk) explains; “Since CoolSculpting leads to permanent fat loss, there is no such thing as too early. Many of our patients come in between 6 and 12 months before the big day, which is perfect for us. The results take up to 3 to 4 months to show, and some people may need a second session.”
Body Ballancer® is a comfortable lymphatic drainage technology that can help to reduce fluid retention and improve the appearance of cellulite. Dr Sophie Shotter explains: “We can also combine CoolSculpting with Body Ballancer® treatments in the lead up to your event. These treatments can be done in the weeks leading up to the big day, and patients can even notice a difference from a single session. Many of our patients lie back for 45 minutes whilst enjoying a facial with their legs in the Body Ballancer® at the same time, killing two birds with one stone.”
Commit to Change
Whichever plan you choose, each one will have its challenges. The key is to keep focused and remember that you are on a journey. It doesn’t stop once you fit into that wedding outfit – although this is a key destination – instead try to think of it as a lifestyle change instead of a one-off goal. Reaching a healthy weight and level of fitness, and sustaining it, will be something that will stay with you long after your nuptials.
So add your weight and fitness to your wedding planning journals now, set your goal, stick to it and be ready to flaunt your fabulous results on the big day!