Your Customised 90-Day Wedding Fitness Plan to ensure you look your best on the big day!

Studies report that 75% of brides-to-be want to lose weight before getting married.

For some, all the celebrations and over-indulgence around the engagement can set brides-to-be off course. It’s easy to see why, as there are numerous fun and exciting events taking place around this special time – many of which include food and drink. For others, it’s a lifetime of bad habits that has resulted in where they are now, and the wedding is the perfect goal to change the dial.

So, how do you get fit and healthy for your wedding?

There are 2 key areas – 1.  What you eat and 2. How you exercise. For most brides, it’s not just about losing weight, but about being feeling, toned and radiant on the  big day.

How to Drop Pre-Wedding Weight Quickly

Even if you had good intentions and wanted to start getting fitter during your engagement, 90 days is still plenty of time to see a marked change in your fitness. However, it will require dedication and commitment to make up for lost time!

Here are the top 4 areas you should focus on ASAP to get you in the best shape for the big day:

1. Cut Out Junk Food

While most dieters concentrate on cutting calories to see weight loss results, studies have shown that’s not enough. In fact, one study found that people who ate more healthily and whole foods lost more weight over the course of a year than those who counted calories. People who focused on vegetables and other whole foods were able to eat larger serving sizes of those foods without gaining weight back. While keeping a relatively low calorie intake can help you lose weight, trading junk food for healthier options is more effective than limiting calories alone.

At the same time, trading packaged foods for natural ones usually reduces calorie intake. That’s because whole foods keep you feeling fuller for longer. In the calorie study, people who chose foods like brown rice over white, wholegrain bread over white, and low-fat dairy instead of soft drinks fared better when the time came to check weight loss results.

Additionally, if you focus on healthier whole foods, you won’t crave junk food as often. That said, you can still indulge in the occasional treat as long as it doesn’t become a regular habit. The key is not to starve yourself, but to cut calories in the healthiest way possible.

Not only is eating whole foods good for your body, but changing the way you approach food can help you maintain weight loss long-term, and not just until you say “I do.”

Ultimately, it’s not just weight loss most brides are after. They want to look radiant and healthy too, which comes from what you put into your body and maintaining a healthy and active lifestyle.

2. Drink More Water

Our bodies consist of mostly water, so drinking plenty of water can also help with weight loss. Apart from the fact that you’re avoiding soft drinks or other beverages in favour of water, drinking water saves you calories in other ways.

Studies on the benefits of drinking water suggest that the it can:

  • Increase the number of calories you burn (resting energy expenditure)
  • Help you lose more weight without extra exercise
  • Reduce your appetite if you drink water before eating

Healthline suggests drinking cold water, as your body uses more calories to “warm up” the water as it goes through your body. Ultimately, some might be more tenuous than others, but the bottom line, agreed by everyone, is that  the recommended daily intake of water (8 glasses) is good for you, and good for weight loss. Increasing water intake also helps to remove less healthy drinks consumed during the day.

3. Get Moving

Hopefully, you’re already somewhat active since it’s good for you, but if not, now is the time to get moving. If you’re starting from zero, it’s probably best to book in some sessions with me straight away. If you’re starting from a solid base, look to increase your exercise to the recommended daily goal of 60 mins per day.

A successful weight loss and fitness programme will look at two key areas: cardio (e.g. running, cycling, swimming at pace) and resistance training (weights are key to becoming fitter, leaner and more in shape). If you’re looking for a customised programme to target your problem areas, e.g. arms, shoulders, etc., book in for personal training course with me, and I will safely and expertly guide you through the process.

4. Do It Together

I often design and implement personal training programmes for the bride-to-be and her mother, or the bride-to-be, the bridesmaids and the mother of the bride. There’s no doubt that getting fitter as a team helps people on their journey, provides encouragement and keeps everyone on track.

We’re not forgetting about the grooms either, as many grooms also want to lose weight, ensuring they look and feel their best on their wedding day!

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Here’s what Gillian’s clients say:

“It was 8 weeks to go before the wedding and I needed to lose a stone and a bit to fit into the wedding suit. I gave Gillian a call and she put me on a 8 week program to get me into shape.and it worked! She tailored the exercise routines to get into part of my working day and also gave me some useful tips on diet. I’d highly recommend Gillian . and yes I can still fit into my wedding suit.”

Darren, 32


“My cousins wedding was coming up and I was a bridesmaid. 6 weeks to go, the zip would not go up! Panic stations. I called Gillian and told her my predicament, 6 weeks to fit into the dress. There was no alternative, it was either that or be sacked as bridesmaid. I’m happy to say that after 6 weeks, I was able to fit into the dress and looked fabulous on the day! Gillian has a great approach, she’s not scary but at the same time you wouldn’t want to let her down. I ate more sensibly and trained during the week with running and weights. I was out and about, getting fit and healthy and Gillian really gave me the motivation to do it.”

Ciara, 27