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4 Pre-Wedding Diet Disasters

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You know healthy eating is a must to look and feel your best for your wedding, but with so much on your mind, it's easy to skip meals and make poor food choices.

With the new Bridal Bootcamp at Core Performance Center in Santa Monica, California, brides work closely with our nutritionists to learn how to prep for their big day. Here's your chance to get in on the action. Avoid these four common mistakes that brides make in the weeks leading up to their "I dos."

1. Having Your Cake—and Eating it, Too

The Mistake: If your only "meals" are bites of red velvet cake, cupcakes and nibbles of "real" food at your tastings, then you're missing the mark. Yes, you want to look amazing in your gown, but not eating natural food often enough during the day actually slows down your metabolism. And, by the evening, you'll be so hungry that you'll have a harder time not overeating.
The Fix: The key here is to "eat clean" for the next four weeks. Fill your diet with fresh fruits, veggies and whole grains in five to six small meals each day. By eating more frequently, you'll keep your metabolism charged, boost energy, and feel great.

2. Partying Pre-Wedding

The Mistake: The weeks leading up to your wedding are likely to be filled with parties in your honor: Bachelorette parties, bridal showers and a rehearsal dinner. While it's fun to get your friends and family together, this is a recipe for disaster. Those mini hor d'oeuvres aren't calorie-free and the cute cocktails are filled with sugar. A margarita can pack as many as 740 calories—yikes!
The Fix: Instead of picking at the buffet all night, make yourself a plate and eat slowly. When it's time to hit the town, limit yourself to one or two drinks that are lower in calories, like wine. Research shows an occasional glass of white or red wine yields health benefits, and you'll be happier when you aren't bloated in your designer gown.

3. Late Nights

The Mistake: Yes, you have seating charts to make and favors to wrap, but don't let these last-minute details bring you down. Skipping out on the proper amount of shut eye not only makes you prone to making poor food choices, but it also increases irritability and focus. And nobody likes a bridezilla!
The Fix: Set your party-planning projects aside, and hit the sack for seven to eight solid hours of sleep a night. Prep yourself for bed by relaxing, taking a warm bath and drinking some tea to wind down from your busy day. Can't seem to squeeze in enough sleep at night? Then at least learn the secrets to fast and effective power naps to help re-energize you during the day.

4. Lattes, Cokes and Pick-Me-Ups

The Mistake: If you're burning the midnight oil, stressing and not getting enough sleep, then you're likely making up for it with stops at Starbucks and bottles of Coke. Not only are you setting yourself up to get rundown, but not drinking enough water doesn't do your skin any favors either. Drinking plenty of water will make your skin look brighter and more radiant—perfect for your wedding day portraits (plus you'll save tons of calories at the end of the day).
The Fix: Women should aim to drink 2.7 liters of water a day. To make it easy, purchase a reusable water bottle that's 16 ounces (about 1/2 a liter) or 32 ounces (equal to a liter), and fill it up throughout the day.

About The Author

Amanda Carlson-Phillips – Amanda Carlson-Phillips is the vice president of nutrition and research at EXOS. As a registered dietitian, she has provided educational seminars and individual counseling to a variety of professional and elite sports organizations.

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Tags: Women, Beverages, Energy, Health, Eating Out, Dessert, Metabolism, Calories

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