Plenty, say the experts. Whether she’s a few months or few weeks away from the Big Day, a few choice tips can help every bride look and feel her best.
One alternative is the popular mineral body wraps. All the rage with celebrities such as Robin McGraw (Dr. Phil’s wife) and Oprah Winfrey, the wraps are steeped in organic minerals and distilled water and applied with Ace-type bandages for 60 minutes. Clients are encouraged to lightly exercise during that time; i.e., run a treadmill or ride a stationary bicycle to keep the circulation moving.
According to Launa Stach of It’s a Wrap in Brentwood, if done on a regular basis, clients can lose as much as 10 to 30 inches overall in a matter of weeks.
“If a bride comes in about a month before her wedding, I would recommend a once-a-week treatment,” said Stach, who quoted the procedure at $139 per treatment. “The results are truly amazing and they stay off as long as you maintain your weight. I do it myself. The first time I did a treatment I was able to pull on my Wranglers. After the second treatment I was able to wear them in public and now I can actually sit down in them and be comfortable. It’s amazing.”
But if you’re looking for a little more traditional approach, good old-fashioned nutrition and exercise – not starvation diets – might be the answer, said Susan Emmett of Body Under Construction in Brentwood
“I always tell people to keep a food diary and eat nutritiously,” said Emmett. “If you eat plant-based foods (fruits and vegetables) abundantly, it will reduce your cravings and you’ll eat more sensibly. Eat five to six small meals a day.”
Emmett also suggests exercising in some form on a daily basis. Exercise not only increases your heart rate and burns calories; it builds and tones the muscles. Plus, during the stress-filled days before a wedding, a little exercise is a great way to relax and unwind.
And don’t forget the water. “There are many reasons why water is important in our diets, but what people don’t always know is that water is a natural appetite suppressant,” said weight loss coach Virginia King. “You’re brain doesn’t differentiate between hunger and thirst, so when you think you’re feeling hungry, your body may in fact be thirsty. Try it; you have nothing to lose except some weight.”
To make an appointment for a body wrap, call It’s a Wrap at 925-634-4668. For additional information on weight loss nutrition and programs, call Virginia King at 925-899-7575, or e-mail Susan Emmett of Body Under Construction at email@example.com.