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How can I lose a few pounds before my wedding? 

Looking good is as much about feeling good as fitting in your wedding dress. The bride, not the groom, should be the center of attention on her wedding day. Circuit training, alternating strength exercises with cardio training like jumping rope or jogging in place, is a great way to look and feel good in a short period of time.

Using a food diary is another great way to lose weight and improve health. Researchers found that those who keep daily food records loose two times as much weight, and the longer the records are kept, the greater the loss. Food journaling can help identify cravings and eating triggers that cause you to over eat. So write it down…good or bad!

Combining exercise and nutrition will definitely help you to look terrific on your wedding day, but don’t try to lose too much too fast. One to two pounds a week is a healthy and sustainable weight loss.

The Fitness Principle with Mackie Shilstone at East Jefferson General Hospital can answer questions regarding a variety of fitness programs and nutritional plans at 504-457-3100 or go to www.ejgh.org/thefitnessprinciple.

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