The Bride Is on a Diet
Bride-to-Be Beauty Check List:
* Hair cut and color (and extensions?)
* Teeth whitened (and straightened?)
* Facial (and a bit of botox?)
* Make-up artist
* Spray tan
* And, most important, lose 20 pounds - fast!
The bride is ready for the red carpet! It's a fact: Brides-to-Be are highly motivated to lose weight.
In a 2008 study of 272 engaged women published in Appetite, 70 percent of Brides-to-Be were trying to lose more than 20 pounds, and another 20 percent were closely tracking their weight. That means 90 percent of brides are concerned about their weight! That jives with an online survey of 5000 Brides-to-Be conducted by The Knot . They found that 84 percent of brides "planned to get in better shape before the wedding." Who can blame them? Those photos are there for life.
New Word: Brideorexia
More power to dieting brides who use the wedding day as an opportunity to get in shape. But "getting in shape" is quite enough because the Appetite study found that more than half of all dieting brides were already at their healthy weights.
The article also credits half of dieting brides with choosing healthy ways to lose weight, but one in five is willing to go to extreme measures, including the use of diet pills and untested herbal products, fasting and liquid diets, laxatives and vomiting, and even smoking cigarettes.
Crash dieting to squeeze into a too-small dress is not a good idea. Jeffrey Sobal, the Appetite study co-author explained the risk to writer Monica Gaze, "With the current high prevalence of anorexia nervosa and bulimia, the pressure of a wedding is one thing that may trigger this kind of behavior.”
And if not an eating disorder, then yo-yo dieting is the likely result. UK researchers found that, within the first year of marriage, 22 percent of newlyweds put on an average of 21 pounds. Isn't that the same 20 pounds they just lost?
The Bottom Line
Don’t turn a beautiful wedding into a nightmare by ruining your health. If you need to lose weight and tone up, then start early and do it right. Stick to a reasonable calorie goal, log your food and exercise, and if you want to take it to the max, then hire a personal trainer. During the week before the wedding, concentrate on reducing bloat: go lightly on alcohol, salt, simple sugars, and gassy foods.
After all, an edgy, moody, haggard bride on diet pills won’t look good in the pictures.
Do you know a bride on a diet?