Wedding ready? Diets that could work for you (1/2)
- Wedding ready? Diets that could work for you (1/2)
- Wedding ready? Diets that could work for you (2/2)
I’m not an advocate for extreme pre-wedding crash diets. More often than not they involve eating next to no food (or ‘milkshakes’), while putting your body through intense exercise.
Now you don’t have to be a health expert to know that these methods aren’t sustainable or good for your general well-being. So what eating plan can you do that’ll have you feeling happy and healthy and looking your best on your wedding day?
The 5:2 diet
Now before you shun this one because you just can’t NOT eat, hear me out. The 5:2 diet is all about intermittent fasting. it’s great for people who enjoy hitting targets, calculating BMI and calorie consumption, and can get over a few tummy rumbles. And it works for many people.
The general idea is that, for five days a week, you eat in your usual way. (Salads, Fish suppers, custard pies if you like.) Then for the remaining two days, you reduce your calorie intake to 500 calories for women and 600 calories for men. Sound like it could work for you? Find out how Popup Weddings co-founders Kerry and Alasdair found it in part two of this article.
Slimming World / Weight Watchers
Organisations like Slimming World and Weight Watchers are great if you’ve got healthy eating commitment issues. Their moto is all about regaining control of your eating rather than being a slave to weighing your food and counting calories.
The weekly meetings not only provide slimmers with fresh meal ideas and exercise tips, they also offer a support network where you can share your diet ups and downs. And because the groups meet every week, and have regular weigh ins, they’re an ace motivator for hitting long-term weight goals, like getting to your goal wedding size.
Whole30 (similar to Paleo and Low Carb High Fat)
I’m not one for limiting calories or obsessing over weight. And I’m definitely not one to commit to a diet plan. But when I heard about the Whole30, I was intrigued.
The plan is simple: for 30 days you eat real food. Meat, seafood, eggs, tons of veggies, some fruit, and plenty of good fats from oils, nuts and seeds. And the idea is that, by cutting out all the gut-disrupting, inflammatory food groups for a bit, your body gets a chance to hit the ‘reset’ button. After day 30, you reintroduce food groups one by one, taking note of how they make you feel.
Apart from the reintroduction stage and the odd food no-no, the Whole30’s pretty much the same as the Paleo or Low Carb High Fat (LCHF) diets. They’re all an effective way of proving the age old theory; if you put good stuff into your body, you get good stuff out.
Notable effects include good skin, good energy levels, good sleep patterns, god digestion… basically good, overall happiness. These diets can also be a great way to suss out if you have any food allergies or intolerances. (And because you’re food options aren’t too restricted, it doesn’t even feel like you’re on a diet.)
This time last year I did my first Whole30. Right now, I’m halfway through my second. And, I’ve got to say, it really has changed my approach to eating.
Along with Kerry and Alasdair’s experience of the 5:2 diet, in part two I’ll tell you more about my Whole30 experiences. But for now, if you’ve been umming and arghing about what eating plan to embark on ahead of your wedding, research the suggestions above. And if they sound like something you can commit to, do it. Start tomorrow. (And tell us which plan you’ve gone for and how the first few days go in the comments box below.)
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