10 Best Diets for Brides to Be (Slideshow)
March 3, 2014
If you’re looking to lose a few pounds before the big day, try these recommended diets
This diet plan focuses on proper calorie consumption and the importance of “ditching sodium” to maintain a healthy lifestyle. The plan was developed by the National Heart, Blood, and Lung Institute and is available at no cost on their website and at the aforementioned link.
This diet plan focuses on sufficient consumption of fruits and vegetables, complemented by fish and seafood, poultry, eggs, cheese, and yogurt. It recommends placing meats and sweets in the same category, for minor consumption. Finally, physical activity is a key component of this diet plan — as well as red wine, as always, in moderation.
Following a points system, this diet plan focuses on “healthy choices that fill you up,” in which every food holds a points value “based on its protein, carbohydrate, fat, fiber, calories, and how hard your body has to work to burn it off,” according to US News Health and Wellness.
The Flexitarian Diet
The gist? Flexible + Vegetarian = The Flexitarian Diet. This diet focuses on adding food groups, not taking them away. Registered dietician Dawn Jackson Blatner says, “you don’t have to eliminate meat completely to reap the health benefits associated with vegetarianism — you can be a vegetarian most of the time, but still chow down on a burger or steak when the urge hits.”
The Biggest Loser Diet
This diet focuses on weight loss: six weeks of “healthy food and regular exercise.” The Biggest Loser plan promotes lean protein, fruits and vegetables, and whole grains with control on sweets. The plan encourages 2 ½ hours of moderate-intensity exercise per week including: body-weight training, aerobics, yoga, and pilates.
Endorsed by the American Heart Association, this diet focuses on removing fat from the diet through a limited daily intake, an increase in fiber, and claims to lower your bad cholesterol by eight to 10 percent in six weeks. Meal plans include fruits, veggies, whole grains, and dairy products.
Raw Food Diet
This diet may be more extreme to onlookers, but focuses on a variety of foods we already use in our diets including: fresh fruits, berries, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and herbs. The claim? Cooking food removes most of the vitamins and immune-boosting qualities — so choose raw instead!
This diet focuses on the importance of meal management, specifically through outsourcing. In simple terms, everything is prepared for you on a weekly basis and dropped off on your doorstep. You receive a pamphlet, order meals, and consume five to six meals per day, depending on your diet plan. A 28-day plan will cost you between $300-$350. This only includes frozen meals and some pantry food — you’ll still have to food shop for produce and protein choices!
Flat Belly Diet
“You’ll drop up to 15 pounds in 32 days and lose several inches of belly fat,” according to US News: Health and Wellness.
Key ingredients include fruits, veggies, legumes, whole grains, olive oil, and fish. It mimics aspects of the aforementioned Mediterranean diet; however, one notable difference is it features a specific timeline including a four-day anti-bloat jumpstart and specific four-week eating plan.
This diet focuses on keeping hormones and sugar levels “in the zone.” The meals are proportioned specifically around 40 percent carbs, 30 percent protein and 30 percent fat. According to the diet, the balance of nutrients will help the body operate at peak performance. The claim? If you follow the 40:30:30 rule, you can lose one to two pounds per week.