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My big fat wedding diet: Over one in 10 brides lose 4 stone or more before wedding day research finds

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on July 3rd, 2012 0 comments yet. Be the First

Most women will be on a diet at least once in their lives – we’re just not all born naturally with the beautiful shape of Botticelli’s Venus – and most likely this will be the case ahead of their wedding day. But how much weight are the blushing ladies looking to lose?

According to new research, shockingly more than one in 10 brides are losing a massive four stone or more to squeeze into their wedding dress and walk down the aisle. Unfortunately, married life hasn’t got the best impact as, despite all their effort to shed the pounds, more than half (57%) of women find that the pounds are piling back on when the I dos have been said and the honeymoon is on the way. Well who could blame them for indulging in the cocktails and delights while travelling…

So called yo yo dieting has never been seen as a healthy way of shedding those love handles, with experts often warning about the potential long term health problems around rapid weight loss.

Dr Matt Capehorn, Clinical Director at the National Obesity Forum, says: “Drastic and rapid weight loss for a particular event or occasion, such as a wedding, is not advisable for a number of reasons. You should be aiming for steady weight loss, as a result of sensible dietary and lifestyle change, that promotes sustainable weight loss and health benefits. Any variation from this should only be on the advice of a clinician. Rapid weight loss, especially if done without support, is likely to result in weight regain. Undertaking a healthy eating and exercise plan with a realistic goal in mind will ensure dieters are not only looking good but feeling great for their wedding day and beyond.”

If you’re planning your wedding for next year, do start to eat healthily now so that you give yourself enough time to lose the weight in a normal and healthy way – avoiding a crash diet that may only lead to more misery after the wedding.

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