Samantha Clowe went on a crash diet to prepare for her wedding day. She shed 52 pounds in eleven weeks, before dying from heart failure. Think twice before going on a crash diet for your wedding day. You face health risks if you try to lose too much too fast.
Bridal publications make it hard on you. You’ll see screaming headlines like:
Brides reveal their best weight-loss secrets
Every bride wants to look her best
Cornell University studied the issue a dozen years ago. They learned that 7 out of 10 brides wanted to drop in excess of 20 pounds before walking down the aisle, compared to 53% for non engaged women in the same age range.
Fourteen percent of brides-to-be actually bought a wedding gown one or more sizes smaller than their existing dress size. Future brides are faced with a dizzying array of diet plans in the market place, including:
√ South Beach Diet
According to the Cornell study, though, drinking water was the overwhelming weight-loss technique they used. Eighty percent used it, followed by aerobic exercise and simply eating less.
Beware “yo-yo” diets
Nutritionist, Linda Bacon, Ph.D, and author of “Health at Every Size: The Surprising Truth About Your Weight,” warns these engaged women to be careful:
“They go on fasts, yo-yo diets, detox programs, and ‘cleanses’ without realizing that there are serious consequences to weight loss and nutrient restriction. Yo-yo dieting can also damage your blood vessels. All that shrinking and growing causes micro tears that create a setup for atherosclerosis and other types of heart disease.”
Cardiologist Isadore Rosenfeld, MD, author of “Doctor of the Heart: A Life in Medicine, warns against crash wedding diets of less than 1200 calories a day, and against detox plans like the Master Cleanse. He warns:
“A crash diet once won’t hurt your heart. But crash dieting repeatedly increases the risk of heart attacks. “The key to losing weight is a combination of diet and exercise. One alone will not do it.”
Start early so you have time to achieve a healthy weight level without resorting to an unhealthy crash wedding diet.
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