FITNESS CONCERNS OF BRIDES-TO-BE

Brides usually want to look their best on their wedding and would like to fit into a sleek and beautiful bridal gown looking slim, fit, toned and beautiful all over.

As we all know, there are no overnight shape up miracles or quick-fix plan to transform into the perfect shape; however, armed with the right knowledge and techniques anyone can improve their appearance in time for their wedding day.

Here are the most common “fitness concerns” of brides-to-be along with answers to help your fitness goals in time for your nuptials.

I am overweight and need to lose weight rapidly before my wedding next month how do I go about it?

This can be achieved following a proven personalised fitness and weight management program. The program consists of High Intensity Interval Cardio Training, where you will begin to shed that unwanted extra fat on your body in 30 days. This obviously has to be accompanied by changing your diet to a high protein, high fibre low carbohydrate that will help to increase muscle mass and decrease fat. This type of weight loss training program will make you become fit, toned and remarkably healthy by improving your appearance.

I don't have time to workout with all the running around for the wedding, how do I keep up my fitness routine?

Planning for your wedding is enough to get your life out of balance. It's very easy for brides to say “I don't have time to exercise” or “I'm too tired to exercise”. However it is important to remember the importance of regular exercise. If you are trying to lose weight, the key is to plan ahead and start early. So if your dream-wedding day includes you being in great shape, then include fitness as a “to-do” on your overall wedding checklist. That way it will be a priority in your wedding planning. Look around for a private trainer who can create a personalised program that's tailored to your busy schedule.

Can I slim my tummy, thigh and bums only, I am fine in my upper body?

It is possible to slim down ‘spot areas'. There are specific exercises you can do to tone up the area and shape up. If you have a lot of fat in your lower body, you will first need to reduce it by burning more calories than you consume.

This would entail participating in a healthy fitness program that includes cardio, resistance/strength training, flexibility and a meal plan that takes care of your sensitivity i.e. you need to know if you are calorie sensitive or carbohydrate sensitive. When the fat has reduced, then you can concentrate on exercises targeting the lower body to strengthen the muscle group.

You can use exercise balls, side stepping machine, resistance bands or weight machines. Choose 1-2 exercises for each major muscle group and perform 8-12 reps and repeat with 1-2 sets. With a good, targeted strength program you could even see results within four weeks.

Radical diets or fitness programs

Brides typically are short on time and long on to-do lists. This leads many to try unhealthy fitness programs or starvation diets. Don't be tempted by diets that promise quick, drastic results with little effort from you. You should avoid any programs that suggest taking "diet" pills or eating unbalanced meals (like eating only cabbage soup for a week). And, don't be lured into trying those dangerous Non-prescription diet supplements from the Internet, like laxatives.

Virtually all weight-loss supplements, even moderately effective ones, contain either amphetamine-like herbs or laxatives. Amphetamines speed the heart and nervous system, tend to aggravate rather than mitigate high blood pressure and other side effects of being overweight. Laxatives, potentially dehydrating. Both amphetamines and laxatives can be addictive and tend to lose their power over time, forcing users to raise the dose, often to dangerous levels.

What you need to know about Diet Pills?

Despite many slimming pills being taken off the mainstream market they are still flogged over the internet to those with body image problems and low self-esteem. The Internet has made their sale all the easier ( a quick search for any diet supplement on the Web pops up scores of vendors eager to dole out bottles of the stuff at the click of a mouse). As a result, consumers are left largely on their own. But understanding a few basic principles helps:

WHAT'S IN THEM?
The diet pills that people will try to flog you can be one of two types:

1. Placebos: drugs that contain nothing of use to you, probably just sugar or chalk etc.

2. Ephedra/ Ma Huang: pills based on the drug Ephedrine, similar to amphetamine. While it is not illegal to possess a small amount of this drug for personal use, you can be prosecuted for selling it in the UK. The drug carries the risk of many serious side effects including vomiting, heart palpitations, insomnia, strokes, kidney failures, miscarriages, and heart attack.

MEDICAL STANCE
Diet pills can help you to lose weight very quickly, but they should only be used when prescribed by a GP to patients who are clinically obese. The whole treatment should occur under strict medical supervision. Anyone who is overweight but not obese should be told to lose weight by a combination of healthy eating and exercise.

THE HISTORY OF DIET PILLS
The reason diet pills are not readily available to the masses is that they carry the risk of nasty potential side effects and possible complications. About 30 years ago amphetamine slimming pills were all the rage, but GPs discovered that they weren't as fantastic as first thought, little if any weight was kept off while many of the women taking them became addicted.

More recently sales of appetite suppressants (e.g. dexfenfluramine) have been stopped after research linked it to long-term problems including heart disease.

The current drugs available are only suitable for clinically obese people under medical supervision. They are:

1. Xenical: A chemical that prevents the absorption of the fat that you have swallowed. Side effects include diarrhoea, wind, stomach ache, headache, tiredness, irregular periods and anxiety.

2. Reductil: This appetite suppressant has been available since the summer of 2001. Side effects include heart palpitations, raised blood pressure, constipation, nausea, insomnia, and anxiety.

THE SITE'S FINAL THOUGHT:
Unless you are clinically overweight avoid diet pills, they do much more harm than good and you'll be healthier and more gorgeous all round if you stick to the tried and tested method of exercise and balanced diet.