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

LEG BALANCER

Targets: inner thighs, outer thighs
What you'll need: bench or sturdy chair, 10-pound ankle weights
When to do it: while taking a walk in the park

1. Stand about a foot behind a bench or study chair.
2. Holding the top of the chair, raise your right leg across your body toward your left side, keeping your right foot flexed.
3. Lower your leg (without resting it on the ground) and then raise it out toward your right. Be careful not to simply swing your leg up and down; make it a single, controlled movement.
4. Do 25 reps, and then switch legs for another 25 reps.

Step It Up
Your wedding day is...
6 months away: Do 40 reps on each side.
3 months away: Wear 10-pound ankle weights while doing the 40 reps on each side.
1 month away (or less): Let go of the bench or chair you were using for balance and do 50 reps on each side.

Photo: Courtesy of Valérie Orsoni