TARGETING YOUR BODY PROBLEM AREAS FOR YOUR WEDDING
Part 1: The Diet
As a personal training company, we provide many nutrition and workout programs for our clients who are interested in ‘shaping up’ for a special occasion, such as a wedding or a holiday. We often get asked by our female clients on shaping up a certain area in order to ‘look better’ in a wedding dress or an evening gown. First thing that is important to stress is that:
Shaping up problem areas is more about fat loss and proper diet than about exercise.
Proper diet is key! When brides mention to me that they want to ‘tone up’ a certain area, they almost always point to fat deposits located under arms and around the arm area. This section is notoriously visible in many popular strapless wedding gowns. Hips are another famously problematic area, which is especially visible in tight mermaid style gowns or silky dresses that hug every curve. To esthetically improve the problem, one would need to build up muscle AND cut fat at the same time. So, you might ask, how would I do that?
First and foremost, it is important to look at the diet. You may already be exhausting yourself at the gym with endless hours of cardio and seeing little results. NO amount of exercise performed can ‘undo’ what an incorrect diet can deposit in your body.
If no specific dietary restrictions are present, the bride-to-be should aim for 5-6 small meals consisting of protein and vegetables. Carbohydrates should be used as fuel (as well as for muscle building purposes) and structured around workout times. Good sources for carbohydrates include (but are not limited to): oatmeal, potatoes (sweet or regular), rice, and whole grains. Although dietary fat is important, it should be derived from the proteins that are being consumed (such as salmon and grass-fed beef). Fiber is key for the digestive system health as well as feeling of fullness, so make sure that you include healthy greens in your diet (such as broccoli and asparagus).
Do not fall prey to popular shakes and detoxes! Although they promote some weight loss, they do not necessarily result in FAT loss. With a lot of the popular diets, fasts, and detoxes, your body turns to consuming your precious muscle because the diets often lack the proper macronutrients to sustain it. Therefore, you MUST make sure that you are consuming adequate amounts of protein and that those proteins have complete amino acid profiles! A lot of vegetable proteins do not have the full spectrum of all the amino acids necessary, which makes for suboptimal results. A lot of popular diets and detoxes either have too little protein or plenty of ‘empty’ calories that make you feel full without having any real benefit to your body.
Invest in a food scale! A food scale is simple to obtain and will lead to greater accountability with your meals and portions! A food scale is also a necessary component for preparing your meals according to your meal plans.
Preparing your meals ahead of time! Having your meals packed and ready to go the night before is an important part of sticking to your diet. Cooking at home will not only ensure that you are eating the best possible ingredients, but will save you money. Cook your food in bulk and you will have all of your meals ready to go for the next several days.
Have your diet done by a professional!
To make sure that you are consuming adequate amounts of carbohydrates, proteins, and fats to promote fat loss and muscle building, it is important to consult with a specialist who will be able to calculate your dietary macronutrients based on your goals and activity level.
If you need any help with your diet, you can always contact us at mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org