It’s officially wedding season! While we can’t wait to let loose and celebrate with our friends and family, we’re not looking forward to what the wedding cakes and open bars will do to our waistlines, especially those of us on a diet. Luckily, there’s still a way to partake in the merriment without sacrificing your figure.
When it comes to eating…
Let’s be honest, when we’re at a wedding we want to be able to fully celebrate the occasion and indulge in the food served. But to keep your figure, they key is to eat a low-carb diet that’s high in vegetables a few days before the wedding. “That way, when you eat starches and sugar at the reception you will need very little to feel full,” says New York personal trainer, nutritionist and founder of the Brooklyn Bridge Boot Camp Ariane Hundt. Then, eat a low-carb diet for the next few days after the wedding too.
“As a general rule, make sure that for every high-carbohydrate meal you eat, you eat at least two clean meals that include only veggies and protein because you want to burn off the overload of sugar and carbs,” says Hundt.
Another insider secret is to rev up your metabolism with a good workout prior to an indulgent meal. “This will create a greater metabolic demand and may use some of those extra calories in a positive way,” says UFC FIT fitness and nutrition expert Mike Dolce.
When it comes to drinking…
We know that alcoholic beverages aren’t the best for our waistlines, but it’s hard to resist with an open bar. Skip the fruity cocktails that are loaded with sugar and opt for clear liquors like tequila or vodka. Choose red wine instead of white wine because it’s lower in sugar. Champagne is also a good, festive option.
When it comes to exercising…
Don’t use being out of town as an excuse to stop exercising. “You can create a mini routine by combining cardio like climbing the hotel stairs, jumping jacks and running in place with strength training exercises like push ups, tricep dips on the side of the bed, step ups on the bed, lunges, squats and ab work.” Just remember to warm-up.
Take your favorite workout DVD with you and do it in your hotel room when you have a little downtime. “If you’re the type that craves the motivation of a personal trainer or the group fitness environment, purchase an at-home workout program and take it on the road with you to ensure you never lose momentum while working that beautiful body,” says Dolce.
The Brooklyn Bridge Boot Camp DVD can help you burn around 800 calories! All you need is a set of resistance bands—they come with the DVD and they’re easy to pack.
Another high-intensity DVD option is UFC FIT. “It contains high-intensity, full body workout routines for torching calories and building strength, even while on the go or traveling,” says Dolce.
If you’re a fan of barre workouts, Physique 57 now has workouts available online. You’ll be all set with a computer, a mat or pillow, a set of three or five pound weights (a water bottle will work too) and a sturdy chair.