About six months before my wedding day, I did something really silly… I bought a wedding dress that was slightly too small for me.
(Alright, alright, I can hear your exasperated sighs.)
It wasn’t my brightest idea. But it was second hand, and I fell in love with it, and the buttons on the back almost did up!
So began my pre-wedding weight loss journey..
The truth is, I knew I hadn’t been looking after myself as best I can – so I was okay with losing a couple of kilos. But how does a naturopath who hates diets, lose weight?
Not by going on a diet, that’s for sure.
What I’m sharing here is definitely not a one-size-fits-all approach to weight loss. Cause that’s just not possible. But I’ve had a lot of people asking me, and it’s coming up to a year since our wedding (crazy, right?!) so I figured it was time to write this blog post.
Here’s what I did to lose five kilos before my wedding day (without a “diet”)
- Avoided gluten
Okay, this is one of the biggest things that made a difference for me, but that doesn’t mean it will make a difference for you. I have known for a long time that I feel way better without gluten in my diet. (Note: this was obviously before I found out I have coeliac disease. Now it all makes sense!) While allergy to gluten in the form of coeliac disease is not common, intolerances and sensitivities to gluten are.
If you feel like having a nap after a bowl of pasta or a sandwich, chances are you might feel better if you reduce or eliminate gluten in your diet.
How does it aid in weight loss? When your body is reacting to gluten (or other foods), it often leads to fluid retention. Dropping the reactive foods helps to lessen the fluid retention, which equals a reduction on the scales (even though it’s not ‘fat’ loss).
I highly recommend getting tested for food intolerances, so that you know exactly what your body is reacting to (therefore removing the “guesswork”!). The food intolerance testing I offer to my clients can be done in consultations with me, or on your own, and is the most comprehensive of it’s kind. The testing is done via hair sample and assesses your body’s unique response to over 500 food and household items. Contact me to learn more.
- Focused on blood sugar balance
I’m prone to sugar and carb cravings when my blood sugar is out of whack, so focusing on blood sugar balance is essential for me.
Basically, when your blood sugar levels are balanced, it helps you maintain a healthy weight due to two main factors:
- Avoiding an over-production of insulin often leads to weight loss, and at the very least can help you avoid weight gain
- Less sugar cravings means less refined sugar in your diet. Balanced blood sugar takes out the need for willpower by simply avoiding the cravings in the first place
- Upped my exercise a little
I didn’t go crazy with exercise – last time I did that, I injured myself. All I did was make a more conscious effort to get in some kind of movement each day – whether it was taking pup for a walk, going to the beach for a quick swim, or just taking the stairs instead of the escalator.
Never underestimate the difference that incidental exercise can have on your overall health – things like taking the stairs, parking further away so you have to walk, and even doing gardening and housework. They all add up!
- Allowed myself to enjoy a balanced diet, without deprivation
At no point in my pre-wedding weight loss journey did I deprive myself of any foods (except gluten – see above). I didn’t write lists of foods I wasn’t allowed to eat, and I didn’t try to starve myself with super low-calorie foods. I just allowed myself to enjoy a balanced diet, without deprivation, and focused on the “good stuff”. If I had some chocolate or chips now and then, it didn’t matter – and I didn’t allow myself to stress about it.
I know that for me, the more pressure I put on myself and the more I stress about what I’m eating – the worse my eating becomes. It’s really important that I allow myself to relax when it comes to food, and by focusing on things like veggies, blood sugar balance and avoiding foods that make me feel bad (which for me, is gluten), I know that the rest will take care of itself.
So there were no magic pills, no protein shakes, no calorie counting and no starving myself. My pre-wedding weight loss journey was simple and easy – and I lost around 5kg.
I wore my dream wedding dress, and felt beautiful and confident all day.
And it felt good to know that I hadn’t starved myself to fit into it. I’d just reconnected with some of the things that make me feel my best. And I knew I could continue on with those things in the long-term, too.
If cravings are holding you back from feeling your best, I recommend you look at my online program. It helps you take back control of your eating habits and stops cravings before they arise – meaning you don’t need to battle with willpower any longer. Check it out here.