Your Wedding Slimdown: A Weight-Loss Plan for Busy Brides

Try this easy-to-follow program created by fitness trainer and lifestyle coach Valérie Orsoni to help you drop lbs. and tone up in time for your walk down the aisle.

Want to look fit and fabulous on your wedding day? No need to spend crazy hours at the gym or go to dieting extremes. Internationally renowned fitness trainer and lifestyle coach Valérie Orsoni has created the Wedding Slimdown weight-loss plan for Brides.com, based on her popular LeBootCamp program, which will help you shed pounds by making a few easy tweaks to your day-to-day. Get ready to reach your goal weight—whether your wedding is a year away or (yikes!) several weeks away.

How It Works
Do the six Quickie Strength Moves each week as you go about your day (or do them all back-to-back at home). Then make the necessary adjustments (noted in the "Step It Up" instructions) the closer you get to your wedding. If your wedding is within six months, jump right in to the "Step It Up" routines. And don't forget about cardio! Orsoni offers three fat-torching workout ideas to choose from. Nutrition is the third component of the Wedding Slimdown plan. So we've included a sample 4-day meal plan that represents Orsoni's balanced, portion-controlled approach to eating. No calorie counting here—and, yes, you can have chocolate! For Orsoni's complete, customized weight-loss program, go to LeBootCamp.com

KILLER THIGH SQUEEZE

Targets: thighs
What you'll need: small ball, chair
When to do it: while sitting at your desk

1. Sit in a chair and place a small ball between your knees.
2. Squeeze and hold for a second, and repeat.
3. Do 50 repetitions a day.

Note: If you're sitting in a cubicle or in an open space where people can see you doing the rapid squeezes, hold the squeeze for 1 minute, or until it burns, and repeat several times throughout the day.

Step It Up
Your wedding day is...
6 months away: Do 100 reps.
3 months away: Do 150 reps.
1 month away (or less): Do 100 quick squeezes + 100 slow squeezes a day. Hold each for 1 minute.

Photo: Courtesy of Valérie Orsoni