With the big day approaching, wedding weight loss is often at the forefront of most brides' minds. The added pressure of your upcoming nuptials can become the needed motivator to get you serious about weight loss. The best way to trim down for your wedding day is to pick a plan that allows you to eat the foods you enjoy in a healthy, controlled manner. Here are 3 of the best diets for blushing brides-to-be:
1. The Weight Watchers Plan
According to our 4,000-person survey, Weight Watchers is the best diet out there. In the Flex Plan, every food has a specific point value based on its calorie, fat and fiber content. Each dieter is then given a target number of points to eat per day plus an additional 35 points that can be used throughout the week. No food is off limits, but dieters tend to eat a lower fat, high fiber diet to maximize their daily points.
Weight Watchers is the perfect wedding diet pan because it isn't overly complicated, which means more time for wedding planning. Beyond its simplicity, this diet can be counted on to safely and effectively lose weight. Weekly meetings are a source of emotional support and you're bound to find other brides-to-be who can understand exactly what you're going through.
2. Atkins Diet
The Atkins Diet is famous for starting the low-carb craze. The general premise is that carbohydrate consumption is restricted while fats and proteins are eaten liberally. There are four phases: Induction, Ongoing Weight Loss, Pre-Maintenance and Lifetime Maintenance. Induction is the strictest of the four phases and is where you'll see the most rapid drop on the scale. In Ongoing Weight Loss you increase your carb intake and slowly start adding in more foods. Pre-Maintenance helps you shed those last 10 pounds so you can reach your final goal and move into Lifetime Maintenance.
Although Atkins is more complicated that Weight Watchers, the induction phase offers rapid weight loss and meat-lovers may find this to be a more satisfying way to eat. Early weight loss is often water weight, but reducing bloat is a great benefit for girls heading down the aisle.
3. South Beach
The South Beach Diet is somewhere in between the Atkins Diet and a traditional low fat diet. On South Beach, dieters eliminate high glycemic index foods like starchy vegetables and bread. Foods with a high glycemic index dump sugars into the bloodstream and cause a spike in insulin production. However, where Atkins allows all types of proteins and fats, South Beach limits or eliminates saturated fats and trans fats. Like Atkins, South Beach has phases that become increasingly liberal. The first phase limits carbohydrate-rich foods like bread, sugar and fruit but does allow most vegetables, low fat dairy products and lean meats. In the second phase, carbohydrates are slowly added back in, although high glycemic foods are not allowed. The final phase begins after you've reached your goal and consists of adding back enough carbohydrates to maintain your weight.
South Beach is great for future brides because the first phase can lead to significant weight loss and can help eliminate water retention. Because high glycemic foods can cause food cravings in some people, it can also help eliminate unnecessary calories and put you back in control of your body.