When it comes to trying on wedding dresses and predicting what size you might be by the time your wedding date arrives, things get a little trickier. While you can more or less predict weight loss (in pounds) by counting calories consumed and calories burned, there is no easy way to know how many inches or dress sizes you could lose in any given time. Most gown retailers prefer for clients to order their wedding dress no later than six months before the wedding date. Some prefer even more time. The need for alterations to better fit the dress to your body is often built into this plan, but it can take 4-8 weeks to get a dress altered in time for your big day. It's safest to order a larger size than you might need (you can always take fabric away) and to wait closer to your wedding date to find the best size for you, but keep those dates in mind. Talk to the customer service representatives at a variety of stores to find out what timeline they recommend. They can also help you estimate what size to order and help with the tailoring process. Remember, however, that weight loss often happens a little quicker in the beginning and tends to slow down as you get closer to your goal weight, so be conservative in your estimates. Just because you've lost 50 pounds already doesn't mean you'll lose another 50 just as quickly.
To reach your goal, combine both diet and exercise changes to accelerate your results. Cutting calories can result in weight loss, but it may happen more slowly than if you reduce your calorie intake and burn more calories through exercise. Incorporating exercise can also allow you to eat more calories and still lose weight. Relying on cutting calories alone means you have to cut out A LOT in order to lose 1-2 pounds per week. That can result in hunger, which can make it difficult to stick to your plan. But if you exercise and eat right, you may be able to eat a little more and still lose weight. An exercise program that includes fat-burning cardio (aerobic) exercise is key to reaching your goals, so aim for at least 3-5 cardio workouts per week and if possible, gradually increasing the duration of each and the number of days you incorporate exercise.
Sometimes, there's nothing more motivating than a special event like a wedding to spring you into action to reach your goals. Harness that enthusiasm and start your weight-loss journey today! To learn more about using SparkPeople to reach your wedding day weight-loss goal, read this article and be sure to check out all the healthy bridal resources we have to offer.