Getting in Shape for the Wedding

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Many brides with significant weight to lose or who want to learn about healthy eating go to a dietitian like Robyn Flipse, R.D., of Bradley Beach, NJ, author of The Wedding Dress Diet. Registered dietitians are healthcare professionals who have passed a rigorous exam, as opposed to nutritionists, for whom there are no established credentials. During an initial assessment, Flipse asks the bride about her likes and dislikes, and her lifestyle and food habits (for example, if she goes to the grocery store regularly or even knows how to cook). She'll then develop a customized eating plan that includes the widest possible variety of foods (a key to good nutrition), with an emphasis on fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans, and even pasta and bread. Generally, Flipse then meets with the bride once a week to monitor her progress. (All of those pre-wedding parties turn healthy eating into an even bigger challenge, so Flipse suggests selecting a diet-friendly venue, like a Japanese restaurant; at buffets, the bride should make her own healthy plate and not let others bring food to her.) Depending on the region, registered dietitians may charge $100 to $200 per hour, which can add up to $5,200 for a six-month consultation.

Most brides agree, though, that all the expense and hard work that goes into fitness and nutrition help is worth it. "Overall, I felt so much better on my wedding day…and on my honeymoon," says Sara Stein of Houston. "Even my hair and skin felt healthier."

"I was so proud at my wedding," adds Kelly Hall of San Francisco, who trained with Susan Woolley for her wedding. "I was in the best shape ever. And when I feel good inside, and I feel good about how I look, I'm a completely different person."

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