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

THE PLANK

Targets: abs, back, biceps, triceps
What you'll need: mat
When to do it: every night before bed

1. Lie facedown on a mat or another soft surface. With abs contracted, use your forearms and toes to hold your body up, parallel to the ground. Try not to arch your back.
2. Hold the position for 15 seconds. Rest for a moment, and then hold for another 15 seconds.

Step It Up
Your wedding day is...
6 months away: Hold the position for 2 series of 30 seconds.
3 months away: Hold the position for 1 minute.
1 month away (or less): Hold the position for 2 series of 1 minute.

Photo: Courtesy of Valérie Orsoni