Take note of these no-fail tips from brides who have been there.
“Rather than avoiding all the bad-for-you food items, I decided to give up my three favourites: soda, ice cream and pizza. I also drank about a lot of water every day, and whenever I got stressed about the wedding, I took a 15- to 20-minute power walk. And believe me, there was a lot of walking that happened during the last stages of my wedding planning”
—Zara Ahli, Dubai, UAE. Lost 20 lbs.
“Not just because your big day is coming, but this one tip has become my life mantra. The one major thing that I did and continue to do to lose weight was to stop eating so much sugar. So, eight months before the wedding, I started using a sugar substitute, and this small change helped me immensely.
— Daisy Sabado, Manama, Bahrain. Lost 15 lbs.
“Before you start reading this, let me tell you, that before my wedding I went from a size 12 to a size 6. I began doing weights with a personal trainer. I also started to incorporate exercise into my workday. Changes like sitting on an exercise ball instead of a desk chair, using the dumbbell under my desk to get a few reps in while on the phone or reading e-mail, helped me look great in my wedding dress!”
— Monica Griffiths, Abu Dhabi, UAE. Lost 13 lbs.
“I expelled the word ‘diet’ from my vocabulary and focused more on my overall well-being than on looking great in my wedding dress. I learned to eat my favourite things in moderation. I also stopped starving myself all day and then bingeing on a pint of ice cream and feeling guilty about it later. Once I began eating three proper meals a day and exercising regularly, the pounds started to come off naturally.”
— Neha Kapoor, Muscat, Oman. Lost 113 lbs.