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Should You Try to Lose Weight to Fit into a Wedding Dress?

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After weeks of traipsing from one bridal shop after another looking at hundreds (if not thousands) of dresses, you finally find the gown of your dreams. Problem is, it either fits too tightly or the shop doesn't have the dress in your size. In this situation, many brides consider losing a few pounds so they can fit into the dress they want, but is this really a good strategy? Here are a couple of things you should consider before you start your wedding weight loss journey.

Do You Have the Discipline to Stick to a Routine?

If you've tried losing weight before, then you already know how challenging it can be. According to some statistics, the diet failure rate in the United States is 90 to 95 percent. Additionally, the longer it is to your wedding date, the harder it may be to stick to your diet and exercise plan. One study found that, though people lost up to 10 percent of their body weight within 6 months of starting a diet, up to two-thirds of the study's participants gained the weight back within two to three years.

According to some social psychologists, people tend to overestimate their own competence. Therefore, it's critical that you be brutally honest with yourself about whether or not you have the discipline to stick to a diet and exercise routine. You should factor in the reality that you'll be planning a wedding at the same time, the stress of which can cause you to sabotage your weight loss progress. The last thing you want to have happen is to quit before you reach the finish line and be forced to choose a different dress at the last minute.

How Much Weight Do You Want to Lose?

The Center for Disease Control, and most health experts, recommends losing only 1 to 2 pounds per week. Not only are you more likely to keep the weight off long term, trying to lose more than that per week can be harmful. Depending on your starting weight, losing more than 2 pounds per week may require severe calorie restrictions or excessive amounts of exercise, both of which can ultimately be counterproductive or lead to injury.

It's a good idea to calculate the amount of weight you're likely to lose in the weeks leading up to the last fitting to your dress. If you're able to reach your goal based on the 1 to 2 pound loss recommendation, then losing weight to fit in the dress may be a good option. If not, then you may want to consider getting a different dress.

If you need help deciding what to do or want assistance getting your dress to fit comfortably, talk to an expert at a bridal shop like Bridal Elegance.

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5 June 2015