PHOTOGRAPHY VERNON WONG; STYLING MICHELLE LEE, ASSISTED BY GABRIELLA KOW; HAIR CHRISTIAN MARANION/HP 9657-6626; MAKEUP MARIE SOH/WWW.MARIESOH.COM, USING ILLAMASQUA; MODEL ALEKSANDRA W/MANNEQUIN. PHOTO: HER WORLD BRIDES SEPT - NOV 2014
If you're on a mission to look slimmer before your wedding, it may be tempting to go on a crash diet so you can look svelte on your big day. But doing so may get you your pre-diet figure back in no time.
Chung Tze Khit, Managing Director of Gold's Gym Singapore, advises brides looking to lose the excess kilos for their wedding should do it “the right way - through exercising over an extended period of time before the big day".
Not only will it help in the long run, you'll look and feel better once you're done, too.
Here are Tze Khit's top three tips:
1. TONING MATTERS
Doing strength training (which targets several muscle groups) about two to three times a week. It will help with toning and raising metabolic rates, which help with weight loss. It will also depend on the bride’s goals, as there are a range to focus on – chest/back, legs/abs, shoulder/arms, or full body and circuit training programmes, which can be effective. And, with a proper diet, weight training will ensure you remain lean and not bulked up. Cardiovascular exercises such as swimming or cycling will also help maximise fat loss.
2. EAT MORE, SLEEP MORE
Instead of skipping meals as commonly believed, brides should increase meal frequences, but reduce overall quantity to prevent excessive hunger. Also, getting enough sleep is important, as studies have shown that resting enough may help aid weight loss; it helps increase your metabolic rate, shop for food wisely (i.e. less binge buying!), and you tend to snack less. You should try to get at least seven hours.
3. BEGIN EARLY
When it comes to weight loss, you want to work towards achievable goals, so it's less stressful mentally and physically. By starting as early as possible, you can work towards achievable goals such as losing one pound (that's about 0.45kg) per week. Do remember that the results may not be as consistent as you want it to be. Work out a timeline based on estimates, but don’t forget weight loss plateaus or other unforeseen circumstances.
For more advice and tips on getting in shape before your big day, you can go to www.goldsgym.com.sg.