So many people (including me) decide losing a few kilos is a good way to start the new year. It’s also a goal for many brides looking to be in the best shape of their lives for their wedding day. So if you’re thinking about losing a few kilos this new year, here are some pointers from personal trainer Luke Scott from Revolution Personal Training in Melbourne.
How would you suggest a bride go about losing weight before her wedding?
This would vary for each individual, however, starting a well planned exercise plan and a calorie restriction meal plan will aid anyone in dropping a few kilos! After all weight loss will always come back to energy in energy versus energy out. So, increasing your daily energy spend and decreasing your energy in-take is really all that matters. The way you go about that can vary in an infinite amount of ways.
How early should she start losing weight?
As early as possible. You don’t want to be rushing these types of programs at an unhealthy rate when you get closer to the big day. Slow and steady is the best way to go. You will have a lot on your plate organising your big day so you don’t want to add any undue stress with your new exercise and eating regime than need be. You should set out to make it fit your routine nice and early on so that it is just another part of your day, like brushing your teeth!
You will also have a specific time line to follow with dress fittings etc to be finalised a fair way out from the event. So the earlier you get to your ideal weight the better. Fittings are great thing to help keep you motivated as it will always be there on the horizon motivating you to stay in shape.
What programs do you recommend for brides?
Anything they can stick to and enjoy. At the end of the day that is the only thing that really matters as long as they are getting the results they are after. There are so many different ways out there to get yourself fit and healthy these days. Aim for something you will enjoy and won’t bore you. This will be the big key for helping you to be able to stick with it and get the results you are after.
Personally, I am always a big advocate of a resistance training program for women, whether with a trainer, in a group of through a gym. Don’t worry you won’t be walking down the aisle looking like ‘Arnie’! Resistance training is one of the best ways for women in particular to be able to drop their excess body fat stores and give their metabolism a bit of a kick in the pants to get moving.
Why is personal training a good option for brides wanting to lose weight (as opposed to other weight loss programs/quick fixes)?
A good trainer is definitely not a quick fix! It will be hard work! However they will help you to train right to get the results you are after over a set timeline. A good trainer will design an overall program for you to follow, and make sure you stick to it. How many people do you know with a treadmill at home that ends up as a handy clothes horse, when they had the footpath to run on all along right outside their house? Having someone to be accountable to is the biggest benefit of having a trainer for some people.
If nothing else a trainer forces you to get the training in when you are there.
A good trainer will also design you a home work program for when you are not with them and give you constant advice on your eating and keep reassessing your goals along the way. This way you will know exactly where you are at as you progress.
How can a bride keep up the success after her wedding?
So much hard work will go into getting you ready for that one day that the last thing you will want to do is let it all go to waste. Setting yourself your next goal will be a big part of keeping you on track. For some brides it will be staying fit and healthy in preparation for children, for others it will be an event. But setting yourself something to achieve and stay fit and healthy for is crucial. Otherwise you could fall victim to letting all of your hard work going to waist.
Why is exercise an important role in weight loss?
As we said earlier it all comes down to energy in versus energy out. Tweak both variables and you will get to your goal sooner. After just weight loss there are so many other benefits that will come from exercise. So many of them people can’t see, like your improved fitness and strength, but your change in the shape will be clear for everyone to see.
We definitely don’t want to under estimate the importance of your eating either. Just because you are exercises does not make it ok to eat whatever you feel like! You need to put both together to achieve true ongoing success.
Good luck with your weight loss challenges!