A Bride's Guide to Looking Good for the Big Day and Beyond

Tips for Looking and Feeling Your Best

You’ve got the ring, the dress, and the venue, and honeymoon planning is well underway. But whether the big day is in two weeks or six weeks, you are determined to stay at the weight you are and not regain a single pound.

Read our guide for staying trim and fit so that when it’s finally time for you to walk down the aisle, you look and feel like the most beautiful bride in the world. (And as a bonus, we’ve got tips for keeping you looking good during the honeymoon too.)

 

  1. Don’t skip meals and snacks.No matter how busy you are in the weeks before the wedding, never skip meals (and especially don’t skimp on breakfast). And be sure to always make time for your midmorning and midafternoon snack. Eating three meals and at least two snacks will keep your blood sugar stable, preventing cravings, and will also keep you energized throughout the day. If you don’t have time to prepare a meal or snack, stock up on South Beach Diet Meal Bars, 100-Calorie Snack Bars, and Protein Fit Cereal Bars—and carry them with you.

     

     

  2. Be restrained at tastings. If you’re having tastings to finalize the rehearsal dinner and reception menus, you know how tempting it is to have so many delectable dishes to sample (and of course you should try them all, including the cakes, so you can make sure you and your guests will be served the very best!). Just remember to take small bites, then write down your opinion before moving on quickly to the next sample. Remember: It’s a tasting not a meal.

     

     

  3. Party hearty (and healthy!) Those last few weeks before the big day are likely to be an endless round of joyous food-filled parties. Whatever the occasion, never show up at a party hungry. Enjoy something light, such as a green salad and a hardboiled egg, or a South Beach Diet 100-Calorie snack bar, beforehand so you won’t be ravenous. At a cocktail party, position yourself with a drink (think sparkling water or a wine spritzer!) in one hand, far from the food table, and converse with your guests instead of noshing. At a buffet, choose a small plate and select the healthiest items. And at the rehearsal dinner, focus on enjoying your friends and your family rather than the food.

     

     

  4. Learn to manage pre-wedding stress. Whether the flower girl’s dress isn’t quite the color you envisioned or the hair salon can’t take the entire bridal party at the time you wanted, a wedding always includes a few little hitches and mishaps. If you tend to munch when you’re under stress, make sure you always have healthy snacks on hand. Also learn some easy stress reduction techniques, like deep breathing or progressive relaxation, to help you feel calmer. Simply getting outside into the fresh air for a 10-minute walk by yourself can make you feel better, too.

     

     

  5. Plan a healthy honeymoon. As you and your fiancé gear up for your honeymoon, there’s plenty to keep in mind if you don’t want to come back 10 pounds heavier—each. No doubt you’ve been exercising to keep in shape for the wedding itself (simply consider exercise one of your many wedding-related “appointments”), and you’ll certainly want to keep up the good work on the trip. If you’re staying at a beach resort, plan on plenty of swimming and long romantic walks. If it’s a cruise, get off the boat at every opportunity. If you’re staying in a hotel without a gym, pack an exercise DVD and enjoy a couples’ workout as a in your room (followed by a couples’ massage, perhaps). When it comes to food, simply stick to your South Beach Diet eating guidelines, with the occasional indulgence of course. It is your honeymoon after all. No matter what Phase you’re on, do have a small piece of cake and glass of dry champagne as the two of you raise a toast to your future as husband and wife.

     

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