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The bride’s guide to feeling your best on your wedding day

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There’s nothing more exhilarating or terrifying than looking forward to your wedding day. It’s the day every little girl dreams of, and in your mind’s eye, you can picture how perfect you hope it will be. But as a world-wise adult, you know how the best-laid plans often go awry.

So what can you do to make sure you have the highest chance possible of enjoying your wedding day to the fullest? Start by remembering your fiance loves you just the way you are. The hard part is over, and you already have one another to lean on. Here’s what else you can do to make sure you look and feel your best on your wedding day.

Lose weight for the right reasons

If you’re just losing weight for the wedding with no intention of making a lifestyle change to your diet and exercise habits afterward, you’ll simply gain the weight back right away and you’ll never be able to see your wedding pics without a touch of regret, thinking, “I’ll never be that thin again.”

Women who feel uncomfortable with their weight leading up to their wedding days might be tempted by extreme diets that promise to give them the perfect bodies in mere weeks. Don’t fall for it. Crash dieting will just add more stress to your life from all the calorie-counting, besides making you more likely to get irritated with those trying to help you and more drained from the lack of energy-sustaining foods. Your fiance may begin wondering what he’s gotten himself into.

Divide and Conquer

Nothing will deplete your patience and energy reserves faster than believing you have to do everything yourself. You’ll end up frazzled and stressed on your wedding day and it’s likely you won’t be able to get everything done. Divide and conquer to get the most accomplished and schedule a few group activities such as evening walks or a weekend Zumba class to get the group together.

The exercise will lower your stress level and give everyone the chance to get to know each other better. Scheduling group workouts can be fun and much needed while blowing off a lot of stress.

Remember to eat

Believe it or not (if you’re very close to your wedding day, you’ll probably believe this), but you can get so busy, stressed or overwhelmed you might forget to eat. If you’re rushing around picking up dresses and boutonnieres or visiting with guests from out of town, it’s easy to pass a day and realize by 5 p.m. you haven’t had a thing to eat but a piece of toast.

In the long run, skipping meals will make it harder for you to concentrate, besides making it more likely you’ll overeat later and then probably not on healthy things. To combat accidental fasting, keep healthy snacks like fresh fruits or nuts on hand to eat through the day in case you don’t have time for a full meal.

Do your skin a favor and don’t skimp on sleep

Yes, you’ve got tons to do to get ready for the big day, and the night before you might be so full of prewedding jitters you find it hard to sleep, but do your best to get as much shut-eye as you can.

Besides helping you muster the energy to be happy and bubbly on the big day, Dr. Nicholas Perricone, an expert on skin care, told brides.com, “One of the best-kept anti-aging secrets is a good night’s sleep. It’s during those precious hours that our cells repair damage and one of the best friends a glowing, youthful complexion can have.”

Don’t underestimate the power of water

We all know drinking water is important and healthy, but just how does it help you? According to studies cited by authoritynutrition.com, drinking water can improve your body’s resting energy expenditure, which means you’re burning more calories just by sitting still, and even with no other lifestyle changes, you could lose more than four pounds in a year simply by drinking 17 ounces of water per day. It’s also good for your skin, helps your body metabolize fat and reduces your chances of getting a urinary tract infection. It’s basically nature’s miracle juice.

Enlist a friend to keep yourself accountable

Want to make sure you stick to your eating, exercising and planning goals? Get someone else to commit to the same or similar goals along with you. That way you can check in on each other, provide encouragement when change takes longer than you’d like to become discernible and celebrate each milestone you reach. Hard work is just more fun when you don’t have to do it alone.

Whatever changes you’re going to make, start early

If you’re hoping to drop a few pounds or experiment with some new body sculpting methods (like CoolSculpting), the time to start is not the week before your wedding. The best results take time to manifest.

Some treatments require multiple applications, which means you need to plan several months in advance to begin them. The same goes for toning your muscles. Plus, the longer you persist in your new habits, the more likely you are to maintain their positive effects once your wedding day has passed.

Bodify wants to help you feel confident and radiant on your wedding day. Find out how body contouring can help you achieve your goals long before you take the long walk down that aisle and finally say, “I do.”

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