Time to be the fittest bride: What to eat, what not to eat

  • Aditi Caroli, Hindustan Times
  • Updated: Nov 28, 2014 17:18 IST

Do you want to look absolutely stunning on you wedding day, reclaim a tiny waist and flaunt flawless skin? We have put together a useful guide to help you look your best on your big day.

What you eat reflects on your face and body. Simple modification in your food habits can help you become fitter, healthier and if we may add, sexier. http://www.hindustantimes.com/Images/popup/2014/11/wedding_350px_2.jpg

Also, incorporating an easy fitness regime in your daily routine will help you get into your best possible shape, so you can fit beautifully into that pretty wedding lehenga of yours.

So waste no more time, hop on the fitness bandwagon and transform yourself into a stunning bride.

For a fitter you

1 Toning exercises:
Go for strengthening and toning exercises to be in shape before your D-Day.

To-be-brides should go for a combination of pilates and strength training. While pilates develop a strong yet subtle, graceful body, with focus on your posture and core of the body, strength training will improve your strength and tone your legs and arms.

2 Cardio:

The cardio routine will burn extra calories and improve your basic metabolic rate. You should start this routine at least two months in advance. http://www.hindustantimes.com/Images/popup/2014/11/wedding_350px_1.jpg

You can start with something as simple as a morning walk or go for a jog in a park in the evening. You and your partner can also sign up for aerobic or dance classes together. This will not only make you guys fitter, but also give you a chance to spend some time together.

When doing cardio, the most efficient use of your time is to go for the interval training. Here, you alternate between short and fast sequences in duration of 15 to 30 seconds, followed up by same amount of time moving at a slow pace. This should be done for 20 to 30 minutes.

3 Yoga and meditation:
This will put your mind at peace and help you de-stress in the middle of all the wedding chaos. Reducing stress, anxiety and depression, this improves overall fitness and well-being of mind and body. Practicing yoga in the morning in an open environment is a habit that will take you a long way.

(With inputs from Vesna Jacob, fitness expert)

Food for a glowing you


1 Apples

This fruit is packed with nutrients rich in fiber, vitamins and minerals. Its antioxidant properties help in getting rid of toxins from the body. It makes for a perfect low calorie snack that is also very filling. There are only 47 calories in an average-sized apple. The secret behind the super antioxidant capacity of the apple is its skin. So, remember to eat it with the skin.

2 Almonds
It’s the best nut source of Vitamin E. This nutrient is largely used in beauty products for better skin and hair. Almonds, which are high in fiber, calcium, magnesium, and protein, help maintain blood sugar and improve digestion. Have 4-5 almonds everyday before your wedding for a beautiful you.

3 Beetroot
A single serving of beets can do more for your health than most foods. Not only does it boost energy levels and lower blood pressure, but eating beets in the long-run can help you lose weight. For those looking to reduce a few kilos before their D-Day, this is your food. It’s also an excellent body cleanser.

4 Flax seed
Ground flaxseeds provide a wonderful source of fibre that helps to flush out toxins from the intestinal tract. They’re also a great source of omega 3 oils, which is great for your skin.

5 Basil
Basil has anti-bacterial properties, and it’s full of antioxidants. It is also good for digestion and detoxification, too. Incorporating basil in your diet will keep you away from last minute acne.

Avoid before your big day


1 Say no to Junk

Wedding planning may have you stressing, but a large pizza, jumbo fries or a burger will only help you get distracted for maybe an hour. Fatty foods slow down digestion, making you feel a little tighter around the waist once the junk food high is gone. So indulge in healthy bites like fruits, salads or green veggies. Don’t even think about fattening food until your wedding as you certainly don’t want to gain a few extra kilos.

2 Keep salt in check

By salt, we don’t mean the table salt, but the kind found in your favourite salad dressings, chips or namkeen. Extra sodium in your diet will make you retain water which can be a big reason behind bloating.

3 Sugar control

Reducing your calorie intake by swapping out fake sugar for the real deal is not a great idea. Sugar in diet sodas, sugar-free candies and artificial sweeteners is hard to digest, leading to bloating and discomfort.

4 No Alcohol

You might be pulled into a few too many impromptu pre-wedding celebrations. But one thing that you should stay away from is any kind of alcohol. Alcohol slows down the metabolism, makes you feel bloated and dehydrated. We recommend you to cut down on alcohol at least two months prior to your big day. So, mocktails rather than cocktails for the to-be-bride.

(With inputs from Prachi Gupta, nutritionist)

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