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How can I avoid post-wedding weight gain?


Control Honeymoon Splurges
During your honeymoon dinners, immediately box half your portion once the meal arrives, to save on calories.
During your honeymoon dinners, immediately box half your portion once the meal arrives, to save on calories.
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Like most honeymooners, you'll dine out most of the time. But before the menu arrives, make a mental note of what types of foods you'll order: Seafood (non-breaded, un-sauced), fresh fruit, roasted vegetables and leafy salads are nutritious, low-cal options.

Once your meal arrives, immediately box half your portion. Most hotel guestrooms are equipped with refrigerators, so you can eat another small meal later if you get hungry. Or, ask for a half-portion when you order. It may cost the same as a full-size order (although some restaurants offer a "lunch portion" discount any time of day), but you won't pay the high price of extra calories.

In addition to eating well, make sure you pay back your sleep debt. In the rush leading up to your wedding and honeymoon, you probably missed a few Zs. Anything less than eight hours of sleep a night and your hormones will prompt you to eat more.

Up the weight maintenance ante by increasing your activity. Honeymoon destinations offer lots of ways to get moving, so take advantage of them. Go on a 30-minute walk each morning after breakfast, swim laps in the pool, hike nature trails, rent a bicycle built for two, take a zip line or play beach volleyball. These activities are a great way to set the tone for the new life you're beginning. Of course, you and your new husband may think of other creative ways to increase heart rate, too!

What's the best way to make a healthful transition from honeymoon to home? Hear what the experts have to say on the next page.