Would You Try A Wedding Diet?

To be perfectly honest, I feel like I would handle wedding preparations the way I’d handle any other major event where I’d be wearing a pretty dress. Which is to say I’d think about losing weight for it, and tell myself I was going to lose weight, and give up carbs for like a week, and then eat a croissant. Fuck, like, 4 croissants. So. My answer on the “would you lose weight for your wedding” question is an enthusiastic “yes, and also, no!”

It’s a more pressing question for Andrea Grimes over at The Frisky who realized that brides were pretty much expected to diet. Grooms, not so much! She notes:

Wedding weight loss is something we expect almost exclusively of women. Do a Google Image search for “wedding fitness,” and you’ll find a grand total of one groom exercising. It’s a shitshow out there, folks, with millions of blogs and websites, you know, really helpfully and supportively encouraging women to believe that their bodies are inadequate. (Hey, this is fun: I Googled “groom weight loss” and before I cleared the top 10, I was recommended an advertisement for weight loss in Groom, Texas and a Men’s Health article about how to shave properly for a job interview. So.)

That seems crazy, right? Especially since the groom is mostly a shiny, muscular prop to offset your dress? No? Never mind! I think Kim Kardashian took over my soul for a second, there. A while ago Meghan (who writes Say Yes To The Mess) went on one with her fiance and claimed:

When I started the diet, I made food and salads to bring to work. It was so ambitious! But I stopped having time to plan meals ahead (or go grocery shopping for dinner) about two months ago. At this point, I just know the places near my office and apartment that offer things I can eat, and I walk into one when I need food. Between work and wedding planning, with all the things I’m crossing off lists, it’s been awesome having one less thing to worry about. The fact that I’ve lost some weight has been a bonus.

So it does work for some people!

Anyhow. Wedding diet – would you do it?

Sorry! This poll is now closed.


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    • Anna

      Hmm. I think, as my mom would say, your wedding is the best you’ll ever look. You’ll be photographed more than you’ve been since prom, probably. If I didn’t feel comfortable with my appearance, there’s nothing wrong with wanting to lose weight.

      INSINUATING that all brides should diet is another thing. I do know one recently married couple friend of mine that worked out and lost weight together before the ceremony.

    • Jamie Peck

      Not that this is news, but I wish everyone liked their bodies more.

      • amber dawn

        Not news, but keep saying it anyway.

    • Kj

      It’s just that… croissants. Can’t escape the croissants. Why did you have to bring them up? Grabs coat and heads to coffee shop

    • Eve

      I didn’t diet, but I lost weight before my wedding because I was too nervous to eat anything but the occasional candy bar for the entire week before hand. Luckily, I had planned for this and had a halter-top dress rather than strapless (see: Lily in How I Met Your Mother, wardrobe malfunction).

    • Adrianne Lukas

      I say it’s okay to have a pre-wedding diet since you wouldn’t want to look super big on your wedding day. However, if you really can’t resist eating food or you don’t have much time to do exercise, you can always opt for some aesthetic body treatments that could help you shape up faster. Try Honolulu Medical Spa’s CoolSculpt. They’re even giving a $100 off on any treatment area!

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    • Kelly

      I don’t like the idea of wedding diets. I mean, if you’ve been meaning to lose weight anyway and the wedding gives you a good incentive, then great! But it kills me when people lose a ton of weight just for the wedding, then gain it right back. Why do you want to look back at your wedding photos and see someone you don’t recognize, someone you were for only a few months?

    • amber dawn

      No, I probably wouldn’t. I’m interested generally in working out and losing weight, not so much in A Diet but just in Trying Not To Eat An Entire Pizza In One Sitting, but I don’t think a diet specifically for my wedding is something I would do. Of course, if I ever do get married, I don’t really think I’ll opt for a huge, fancy wedding or anything, anyway. But I can imagine that if people talked to me about my body the way they did to Ms. Grimes while I was already stressing out over planning a big deal event, my reaction would be something between punching them, and saying “Well, I may be pudgy but at least I’m not an insufferable asshole.”