Sunday, March 04, 2007

Going on a wedding diet?

Let’s face it – when you’re planning a wedding, losing weight no matter how much or how little isn’t easy at all once you hit that age wherein one’s metabolism seemingly comes to a screeching halt. Making it worse are all those skinny models you’ve seen gracing those wedding mags literally all the time. I mean how often do you see a fat bride on the cover. Oh, excuse me, you can’t use that word – “fat.” Plus-size or bountiful would be a better label, I suppose. Honestly, being fat really shouldn’t be something that should be covered up. If you want to look your best on your wedding day, fitting into your gown whether it is a size 2 or size 12 really shouldn’t be about wanting to look thin, it should be about simply looking your best. For this mighty statement, if you have 12 months and plan on following this simple philosophy then looking good is really straightforward. And when it comes to putting oneself on a diet in order to fit into that gown, you don’t have to resort to starving yourself, just learn how to find good substitutes that are high in flavor, but low on the fat quotient. Take these three foods that we all love to eat:

Ice cream
When you mix eggs, milk, and sugar, you have something truly great, but as we all know, ice cream is a belly and bun maker. Once you have that ice cream, reality seems to fade for a few seconds, or so, and then it hits that you have just consumed about 500 calories or more. Depending on much of a scoop you have had and if it were topped with nuts, chocolate syrup, and sprinkles, it can safely add up to a 1000 calorie diet bomb. If you can’t give up ice cream for at least 12 months, then the best thing to do is to find a good substitute. What!? It boils down to two simple words: frozen yogurt. To be more exact, I am referring to non-fat frozen yogurt with a little topping. They’re not that easy to find, but are increasing in popularity. Just don’t go all out on the toppings because you will pack in those extra calories!

Potato Chips
As a confessed junk food junkie, eating Lay’s was a childhood/adulthood passion that came to a halt when it was my turn to be a bride. So, what do you? You search for a damn good substitute such as gourmet chips – often baked in olive oil. The best ones I’ve tasted are Terra Chips® and Kettle Bakes®. High on flavor and low on the guilt factor. The hickory honey barbecue from Kettle Chips are so good yet you don’t feel like a Russet potato after you eat a couple of them. You don’t have to feel entirely guilty because they have much less fat than regular chips. In fact, they taste better, too.

Yes, I was also a cupcake crazed chick at one point in time until I realized that one puppy can pack in about 400 calories. And I truly mean, just one alone can add up to that much fat and calories. What do you do? For starters, stay away from those cream cheese frosted ones as a bold beginning. It's a harsh measure, but a necessary one. Then, substitute low-fat muffins and top them with non-fat cream cheese. For frosting, use non-fat whip cream from Jello®.

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