At Elle A Events, we LOVE when people want to contribute to our blog! This week, we are honored that Kevin Jones from www.fitnesstrainer.com wanted to offer his advise for how to stay healthy and fit for any occasion. Check out his great tips below!

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Whether you are planning a wedding (AKA “The Big Day”) or any event, the process of planning and preparing for the actual event can be very tiring and stressful, even with the help of an event planner.

There is also the added pressure for the couple or you, to look your best and there is an abundance of fad diets to “help you lose 20 lbs. in 2 weeks” (that might be an exaggeration). These extreme plans are risky for your health and ultimately result in rapidly losing weight and rapidly gaining it back.

I hope by now you are wondering if there is a way to work through the planning process and still look fabulous. The answer is yes and no. Yes, you can shed a few pounds in a healthy way and stay fit and strong for your event. However, you should not expect an extreme transformation. Additionally, feeling your best is what matters most and that will radiate through you to your partner and to your guests.

Wouldn’t you rather make lasting healthier changes to your lifestyle that will not only help you look your best for your wedding but also keep you fit through many anniversaries? I hope your answer is yes! So, stick around and I will guide you through some small changes you can make.

  1. Food tracking
    A good food diary can make you mindful of what you eat and when as well as keeping your calorie intake on track.

  2. Eat breakfast
    There is no better way to kickstart your day than with a nice breakfast. Maybe an egg white omelet and some fresh fruit would be great.

  3. Limit simple sugars and alcohol
    With planning, specifically for a wedding, comes the time of food tasting. It is probably the thing I would look forward to the most as it gives me my significant other and a bunch of delicious food and cake to try. However, be mindful of serving size! You don’t need a whole plate to decide if you like something or not. A bit or two should suffice.
    Same goes for cake as well as alcohol. Simple sugars really don’t contribute much for long-lasting energy. They are the first source of energy you burn and generally don’t help out with cravings or fill you up very well.

  4. Snack smart
    On the road to healthier eating, no snacks are made equal. If you are feeling like you need a bit of sweet grab a fruit. If you need something a little more substantial, almond or peanut butter packs can be your best friend. If you feel like you need a bit of a crunch reach for some baby carrots or celery and a bit of hummus or a green apple.

  5. Schedule and commit to workout time
    Just like any other appointment in your crazy schedule, make sure you block out and commit to having your workout time. It can be a jog, a dance class, yoga, something you enjoy doing. A personal trainer can also be a great investment. According to Jesse Silkoff (co-founder of FitnessTrainer.com), a personal trainer will often keep their clients committed and will give them an exercise plan catered towards their specific needs to reach their goals.

  6. Drink water
    Make sure that you are staying hydrated. Sometimes lack of water can lead you to believe you might feel hungry when you only some water. Here is more information on the benefits of water when losing weight.

  7. Sleep
    Make sure you are having the restful sleep you need to keep up with daily life plus wedding planning. Tiredness can often make you reach out for that chocolate bar or candies to give yourself a little energy boost to get through the next task on the list.

So, there you have them! These are small changes you can make for a healthy lifestyle in preparation for your big event that will stick with you even after the festivities are done!

- Kevin Jones

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