Like most brides, you’re on a mission to slim down, tone up, and eat right to look your absolute best on your big day. Your upcoming wedding serves as an inspiration to tackle your weight or fitness issues. But with so many health and diet plans and workout trends to choose from, it is understandable that you may not know where to start.
So for those brides who want to achieve sensible and lasting weight loss prior to your wedding, we have a few dietary recommendations to help drop a few pounds; no extreme measures or quick fixes, rather lifestyle changes and incorporating the Mediterranean diet.
You can attain your weight loss goals while eating delicious, flavorful foods while enjoying life. Sounds much better than counting calories and depriving yourself, right?
The Mediterranean diet helps you pay attention to your individual lifestyle, including the types of foods you eat, the portion sizes you consume, your physical activities, and your overall way of life. You can incorporate these changes into your daily routine and create long-term habits that take off the pounds while sustaining weight loss.
Eat more to lose weight
Unlike many weight-loss diets, a Mediterranean style of eating lets you have more food on your plate while still taking in fewer calories. Eat far more low-calorie vegetables and fewer high-calorie meats and grains. As an added bonus, these lower-calorie foods will help you feel more satisfied with your meal instead of feeling deprived.
Be with family. Share with loved ones
Beyond sharing a meal, the Mediterranean culture cultivates a balanced social life and a certain connectedness to the people who matter. If you will imagine an Italian or Greek family having their lunch or getting dinner at a table full of family and friends, you may notice that they tend to eat slowly and they take smaller portions of each garnished dish.
Here is a secret confession from a true Mediterranean woman: Mediterranean folks do not exercise. It seems like a bit of a paradoxical thing to add here. But honestly, Mediterranean people do not specifically carve out two hours a day for heavy lifting at the gym. But, that doesn’t make them inactive.
Normally, moving is a natural practice for people of the Mediterranean. They do a lot of manual labor; they climb lots of stairs, and they walk … a lot. They walk, at least part of the distance, to their workplace daily. They walk to the bakery or the dairy shop for a fresh Greek yogurt. They walk to their friends’ homes. And when they want to do something leisurely, they go out for a walk.
So if you’re looking for a healthy lifestyle plan, the Mediterranean diet might be right for you. It might take a bit of practice to change your eating and lifestyle habits, but the benefits will be worth it.