Bridal Beauty Timeline: 12 Months to the Wedding Body You Want


Month 4: Adjust Eating Habits

Repeat after me: Food is good. Food is your friend. Do not relegate yourself to months of rice cakes and mineral water. You'll probably pass out on your way down the aisle and then you'll totally miss out on that chocolate fountain you broke your budget for.

In fact, not eating enough can actually counteract your fitness plan because it'll send your body into starvation mode. In other words, your body will hold onto every calorie it can and turn it into fat.

Fortunately, there are about as many nutrition plans out there as there are brides. Do some research to figure out which reputable plan is right for you. Many will encourage you to embrace whole grains and avoid processed foods and foods high in sugar or fat. It sounds impossible at first, but is surprisingly easy with a little bit of planning and will-power. Soon, you might even find that your body will reject rich, fatty foods.

Consider also adopting a nutrition plan that allows you five small meals per day (plus snacks) rather than three big ones. When we go too long between meals our metabolisms slow down and we get so hungry that we overeat. By a lot.

Also, make sure to carry health snacks with you. Nothing derails a diet like getting too hungry and saying, "Oh, that one donut won't kill me."

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