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Your wedding date is official and preparations for the big day are in order! Living a healthy life and looking fabulous in your favorite pair of skinny jeans is your M.O.  However, it's inevitable to be a bit more critical of your body. You’re getting married for goodness sake! The most natural reaction is to start freaking out and researching the quickest weight loss methods around. Somewhere between the Master Cleanse and Atkins diet you became apprehensive towards  taking those routes to walk down the aisle.

Do not attempt to try to loose 30 pounds in one month. The easiest way to not accomplish your goals are to set unrealistic, not to mention unhealthy ones. Pacing yourself is the best way to achieve your target weight. In a month, you can reasonably anticipate losing 8-10 pounds; dropping approximately two pounds a week. 

There are three components for getting in shape. They are age old methods that if done together are sure to drop the pounds.

Diet

The concept behind dieting is to minimize your calorie intake by choosing healthier options for your daily meal consumption. This could be one of the hardest adjustments to make, while at the same time the most rewarding modifications to ensure results. Depending on your current dietary habits, altering your daily intake to low or no carbs with high protein options will cause a drop in body fat and a leaner physique. Suggested diet plans are The Paleo diet and Carb Cycling Program.  

Exercise

Daily exercise is a must in dropping and keeping the weight off. Dedicating a minimum of 30-45 minutes a day to cardio and weight training will have you ready to strut down the aisle and in the best shape to do your  final attempt of Beyoncé’s “Single Ladies” choreography. If treadmills or long distance runs aren’t your thing, there are a variety of high impact cardio classes such as Zumba and Spinning. While you're at it, grab one of your bridesmaids to join you! 

Rest

Getting adequate amounts of sleep is imperative to your health, brain function and decision- making. According to WebMD “your sleep-deprived brain may have trouble saying no to a second slice of cake...A study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that when people were starved of sleep, late-night snacking increased, and they were more likely to choose high-carb snacks” (http://www.webmd.com/diet/sleep-and-weight-loss). Although you are having the pre-wedding jitters and planning has your brain in a tizzy, it's important in your weight lost goals and overall appearance that you get as much of those zzz’s as possible. 

Reaching weight lost targets while planning one of the biggest days of your life is a challenge. Making a conscious effort to care for your body will be the best assurance to enjoying this milestone. Just know you will be satisfied with how you look and feel in every photograph that day for years to come! 

 

Danielle Stedman is an up and coming writer, host and producer. Born in Jamaica, W.I. Danielle’s family migrated to the States in pursuit of achieving the American dream. Danielle grew up in Long Island NY, where she was exposed to the fast paced lifestyle, hustle and bustle of living in NY’s Tri-State area. Danielle moved to South Florida shortly after High School and made the decision to study Mass Communications at Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale FL, where she earned her Bachelor’s degree and has resided since. While on a journey of self-discovery, Danielle found herself venturing into the worlds of Fashion Merchandising, Social Media Marketing, Music promotion, Not for Profit work and promotional writing for Radio and Television. Danielle now the proud founder of Danirenee21.com and the Miami Correspondent for CocoaFab.com and Fluff Magazine.