“Jumpstart your pre-wedding diet with our seven steps to fit into your dream dress! We’ve teamed up with the SuperFastDiet team to put together a super easy guide for loving your body and losing weight in the lead up to your wedding day.
You’d be absolutely forgiven for letting a few balls drop while juggling wedding planning, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, making time for your partner and reaching those #careergoals. That’s why SuperFastDiet (SFD) is the ultimate part-time, unbreakable diet for busy women! With a focus on incorporating healthy behaviours, simple part-time dieting techniques, goal setting and loads of positive self-talk into your daily routine this is the diet to end all diets. Looking absolutely stunning on your wedding day is a given, but feeling radiant from the inside out is the ultimate goal. Fitting into your dream wedding dress is the first step, maintaining that inner and outer glow is where SFD can help you on your way to long-term weight loss. We’ve chopped up, boiled down and beautifully prepared an easy to digest 7-step program to get you started. For more excellent tips, tutorials, videos, recipes and amazing weight loss stories (don’t you just love a before and after photo!) head to the SFD website www.superfastdiet.com or social pages to find out more.
STEP ONE: FASTING 101
Did you know that the human body operates best when alternating between periods of feast and famine? Our body stores food as energy and when we fast this energy (which is at first sugars and then fat) is burnt off. So you can seriously burn fat while doing absolutely nothing – but not if you’re constantly filling up with more food! The key is to fast for a significant enough amount of time to allow your body to reach the ketosis stage, which is when you’ve run out of sugars and begin to burn fat. SuperFastDiet has put together three flexible methods for fasting that you can choose to fit your existing lifestyle.
The basic premise of the 2-Day fast is to eat normally five days a week, then restrict your calories for the remaining two days to a quarter of your normal intake. This usually works out to 500 calories on fast days and up to 2000 calories on non-fast days for most women. Choose whatever works best for you, but Mondays and Thursdays are a popular choice.
With the 3-Day fast, you would eat normally for four days each week, then restrict your calories three days a week to half of that normal intake. This usually works out to 1000 calories on fast days and up to 2000 calories on non-fast days for most women. Your chosen fast days are entirely up to you!
The part-day method involves fasting every day for 16 hours, and restricting your ‘daily eating window’ to eight hours. You can consume two, three or more meals at no more than 1600 calories overall. Doing this method of fasting can actually be as simple as eating an early dinner or skipping breakfast – whatever suits you!
STEP TWO: MASTER YOUR CALORIES
A key to the SuperFastDiet program is learning that mastering your calories is essential! You’ll find many online tools and handy written exercises for keeping track of your daily calorie intake on the SFD website. Getting to know your calories is an important step in empowering you with the knowledge to make a conscious change to your diet.
STEP THREE: MAKE FOOD YOUR FRIEND
The reason SuperFastDiet works over a long period of time is because it doesn’t deprive you of the foods that you crave. The whole concept is to indulge in deliciously satisfying meals (that are good for you too, of course!), and balance them out on fast days when you reduce your calorie intake but still nourish your body with super low-calorie yummy foods. Not only are they tasty, but the foods and ingredients featured in the SFD recipes are bursting with benefits. From providing antioxidants to essential vitamins, the ingredients in the recipes do more good than Superman and are easy alternatives for old school not-so-healthy staples. #noguilt
STEP FOUR: YOUR ‘WHY’
SuperFastDiet is more than just a diet. A core part of the program is focusing on positive thinking and the physical impact that it can have on our bodies. They encourage you to pick achievable goals and then show you how to use the power of positivity to reach them.
Resident expert at SFD, Dr Happy sums it up: “the why is even more important than the what because this is where our motivation comes from; this gets to the heart of our real purpose; and accordingly, it’s what will help us persevere during difficult times and persist over the longer term to achieve our goals.” Just because it’s about fitting into your dream wedding dress in the short-term doesn’t mean you can’t keep setting achievable goals long after you’ve said your ‘I Dos’.
STEP FIVE: WEIGHING IN
Stepping on the scales is rarely anyone’s favourite pastime. It is an important part of tracking your goals, but it doesn’t have to play a part in how you feel about yourself. Think of tracking your weight loss simply as a method of keeping tabs on your progress. Don’t get hung up on numbers! If your heart, mind and clothes are feeling better, you don’t need a number to justify how you feel. When you step on the scales it’s important to remind yourself of the following: ‘a scale does not measure…how much my friends and family love me, my wit, my intelligence, how much I do for others, my heart of gold.’
STEP SIX: GOAL SETTING
There is an art to goal setting, and in order to set yourself up for success, you have to be strategic with what you decide your goals will be. Dr Happy’s approach is to visualise yourself at your best: how you’d feel, think, look, your relationships, career, health and spirituality. Put together a vision board to help you visualise your goals on a daily basis and keep you on track. Hint: your weight loss goals should definitely be a feature, but make sure you include visions of your other life goals too!
STEP SEVEN: SELF CARE, SUPPORT & FORGIVENESS
Living your best life is what is really going to make you happy, and the easiest way for you to become happy is to learn to love yourself. It’s so essential to be kind to yourself, which includes nourishing your body with goodness, but also means allowing yourself to make mistakes, have some ‘oops’ moments and relish the events that make life worth living. Start by taking the time to define (and schedule in) some self-care activities that take care of you. These should be relaxing for your mind and body, and should make you feel energised. Aim to do one of these things at least once a week!”
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