Shape Up for Your Wedding with Atkins: Lose the weight and keep it off for your wedding and beyond

Weddings are very special days in which brides and grooms want to look their very best. But there is no need to resort to the extreme measures that have been in the media lately, such as feeding tubes or starvation diets. Atkins is an incredible tool for both short and long-term weight management, where you train your body to burn fat for fuel instead of carbs, while eating many of the foods that you love. The healthy habits you learn while losing weight with Atkins for your wedding will continue with you well past the honeymoon and beyond. Here’s how to get started:

Plan ahead. Many weddings take at least a year to plan. Just as you put careful thought into the perfect dress, reception and cake, any weight loss goals you have should be planned out carefully as well. Most likely it didn’t take a couple of weeks to gain those extra pounds you want to lose, so don’t expect you can wait until the last minute to lose the weight.

Get to know Atkins. Take some time to fully understand how Atkins works. While you’re out buying all your favorite bridal magazines, pick up a copy of The New Atkins for a New You and The New Atkins for a New You Cookbook so that you have a thorough understanding about how to do Atkins the right way, plus you will love the 200 new and delicious low-carb recipes. Even if you don’t have a lot of experience with cooking, these recipes are simple and easy to make.

Join the Community. The Atkins Community has amazing resources to help you lose weight, including forums, blogs, meal planners, net carb calculators, a recipe finder and more. You can meet other brides-to-be within the Community who are also trying to lose weight, and share tips, recipes and support.

Do Atkins together. Could your fiancé stand to lose a few pounds? Make your weight-loss a team effort. Doing Atkins as a couple will help make healthy eating habits an important foundation of your marriage. Get your fiancé involved in the shopping and cooking, and helping to plan meals. If your fiancé does not have to lose weight, enlist some bridesmaids or your maid of honor to join you.

Be prepared. Before you start Atkins, review what you can eat for the Phase you are starting on. Hit the grocery store and stock your kitchen before you get started on Atkins. Plan out some recipes for the week, and make sure you have all the ingredients you need for each dish.

Don’t starve yourself.
It’s tempting to want to see results immediately, but keep in mind that weight loss happens at a different rate for everyone. It depends on how fast your metabolism is, your body composition and whether or not you are exercising. If you have a lot of weight to lose, you may lose quite a bit in a short amount of time, but eventually your weight loss will stabilize. Be patient. Don’t look at this as a reason to starve yourself or find other ways to drastically drop the weight. In fact, sometimes you can jumpstart your weight loss on Atkins by moving to a new Phase and increasing the number of net carbs and types of foods that you eat. Be sure to review the information in the book or on the web site to learn when to move on to the next Phase.

Eat breakfast. Studies show that people who eat breakfast are more successful at losing weight, so it’s important to kick off each day with a satisfying low-carb meal. It can be as simple as a couple scrambled eggs topped with avocado and cheese and a piece or two of bacon on the side. If you’re in a rush, you can grab an Atkins Day Break nutrition bar or shake.

Exercise. Are you interested in taking your weight loss with Atkins to the next level? Try adding exercise into your plan. It has a variety of health benefits, and may even decrease any stress you may be feeling from your wedding planning preparations. It could be as simple as a 30-minute walk five or six days a week or trying a new exercise class.

Disclaimer: Nothing contained on this Site is intended to provide health care advice. Should you have any health care-related questions, please call or see your physician or other health care provider. Consult your physician or health care provider before beginning the Atkins Diet as you would any other weight loss or weight maintenance program. The weight loss phases of the Atkins Diet should not be used by persons on dialysis or by pregnant or nursing women.