Slimming Down for the Gown

So you’re starting to look at dresses and getting some slight trepidation that something may not fit and your entire appointment will be ruined.

Literally, no.

Shopping for The Dress is stressful enough on a budget; the last thing you need is a downward spiral about your weight! Remember: your fiancé is marrying you because he loves you, all of you, in whatever way you are.

Obviously, that’s easier read than believed by some, so I’m here to offer some advice and share a diet plan I’ve began to follow (purely for healthy eating habit – I’m very comfortable with the weight I’m at!).


According to this article on BridalGuide.com, demanding a certain size dress can be a huge mistake when trying to “say yes to the dress.” Here are some things to remember:

  • Wedding dresses typically run a few sizes smaller than street clothes. If you’re regularly a six in jeans, an eight will probably fit you well.
  • “Don’t get caught up in the number!” It’s arbitrary. Gesinee of Gesinee’s Bridal in Concord, CA tells brides to “Just focus on your measurements and compare them to the particular line on the specific designer’s size chart.”
  • Buy a dress for your body type – even if you plan on losing weight. According to the BridalGuide.com article, wedding dresses can be taken in up to four sizes without losing the look of the dress, and let out at least one without buying extra material.
  • And if the dress doesn’t fit when it arrives? No worries! You can always order extra fabric from the designer, add beading or put in a new back to accommodate the measurements needed.

Onto the diet!

A word of caution: Crash and Yo-Yo diets are the worst. I urge everyone to be healthy as they set goal weights and start a healthy eating plan!

P.S.: this is my personal diet plan. You can change certain veggies/proteins based on your tastes and preferences! For example: I don’t like fish or many veggies, so I eat a lot of lean beef and white meat chicken and substitute pickles for a lot of veggies. In addition, because this is more of a lifestyle diet than a weight-loss diet, I’ve added in Rye bread to my grains on the carb and fat days.

Monday and Tuesday: Carb Day

Breakfast Snack Lunch Snack Dinner
Grain

Fruit

Fruit Grain

Protein

Fruit

Veggie

Fruit Grain

Protein

Veggie

Each meal should consist of: 2 cups grains OR ½ cup pretzels, 2 cups fruit, 8 oz protein or 6 egg whites, unlimited veggies

Grains: brown rice, brown rice pasta, rye bread, oatmeal

Fruits: strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, apples, oranges, pineapples, peaches, pears, watermelon

Proteins: Lean beef, turkey, chicken breast

Veggies: cucumbers, pickles, broccoli, asparagus

Example lunch: 93% lean hamburger on rye, topped with pineapples. Eat as many pickles as you want.

 

Wednesday, Thursday and Friday: Protein Day

Breakfast Snack Lunch Snack Dinner
Protein

Veggie

Protein Protein

Veggie

Protein Protein

Veggie

Each meal should consist of: 8 oz meat, 1 cup beans, 6 egg white, unlimited veggies

Proteins: Lean beef, chicken breast, lean pork, turkey bacon, egg whites

Veggies: cucumbers, pickles, broccoli, asparagus

Example breakfast: 6 egg whites and turkey bacon baked into breakfast muffins. Cucumbers with it for a crunch! Eat as many as you want.

 

Saturday and Sunday: Fat Day

Breakfast Snack Lunch Snack Dinner
Fruit

Fat/
Protein

Grain

Veggie

Veggie

Fat/
Protein

Fat/
Protein

Veggie

Fruit

Veggie

Fat/
Protein

Fat/
Protein

Veggie

Grain

Each meal should consist of: 1 cups grains OR ¼ cup pretzels, ½ cup hummus/nuts, 8 oz protein, 2 eggs, 2 cups fruit, unlimited veggies

Fats: Nuts/seeds, olive oil, almond butter, hummus

Grains: brown rice, brown rice pasta, rye bread, oatmeal

Fruits: blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, cranberries

Proteins: Lean beef, turkey, chicken breast, turkey bacon

Veggies: artichokes, beans, sweet potatoes, cucumbers, pickles, broccoli, asparagus

Example dinner: Hummus, chicken, sweet potato and rice. YUM.


I’ve only been on the diet for a few days, and apart from my painful separation from pizza and candy, I really can’t complain. My usual eating fluctuates a lot and I tend to eat like a bird, so eating two cups of rice for each meal is actually sort of a lot for me. I’m in the protein phase now and realize these will be the hardest days, but I honestly love chicken and beef so much (especially with garlic salt) so I have faith that I’ll be fine. I’m also using condiments – not overdoing it on carb and fat days, but enough to give a little taste to the things I don’t like as much (adding berries to gross original oatmeal is a must for me – also making them into muffins is awesome for the “on-the-go” bride).

Questions about dress shopping or the eating plan? Let me know!

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