that time of year again: wedding season. This can be a time of
blissful happiness or a time that stretches the limits of
self-restraint while trying to keep your health in check.
important to remember to limit yourself while attending a
wedding," says Dr. Gabriel Berendes, a Mayo Clinic Health
System Family Medicine physician. "Most often, people
become so caught up in the festivities, they forget to
remember to take care of themselves."
people have more than one wedding to attend during the year,
which can add on pounds, if not watched closely.
can lead to numerous health issues, such as emotional and
physical damage to the body and mind," adds Berendes.
"This can be due to loss of confidence and increased
weight, as well as causing damage to the digestive
recommends these tips for watching your wedding season weight:
Participate in morning activity.
Go for a
run or walk, or a quick workout, or go golfing. These ideas,
among others, can help clear the mind, as well as help you
feel calm, centered and more in control of the choices youíll
make later in the day.
to save up calories will leave you feeling tired, angry and
more likely to overconsume during cocktail hour.
the amount you want to drink. One drink per course (cocktail
hour, dinner and reception) is a good rule of thumb. If thatís
not sensible to you, limit yourself to one drink per hour,
alternating water with alcohol. This advice is for of-age
wedding guests who plan to stay put. Never drink and drive.
no law saying you canít have one of everything, although itís
good to limit yourself to a few options. Determine what you
want to make room for. Try sticking to one plate, filling half
with vegetables and the rest with protein and starchy
vegetables, such as beans and potatoes."
the dance floor can help you lose 200 to 300 calories per half
hour. This gives you an extra excuse to show off your dance
moves ó good or bad ó and burn off the calories youíve
consumed during the day.