Wedding Weight Loss 3-Step Plan

Three tips for losing weight and increasing your health before and after you say, "I Do."

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Before you say your "I Do's," make a vow to be both happy and healthy as you walk down the aisle. Try these 3 meal suggestions that help you to both lose weight and spend time with your future mate. 

The Love Lunch

As a sign of support, each day you and your partner will make each other's lunch. Chances are you'll care more about the lunch you prepare for you loved one than the one you would quickly and carelessly throw together for yourself. Additionally, you'll both be saving money for the wedding. This is also a perfect opportunity to include a short note of encouragement, support or gratitude. Who knows? You might be writing your vows each day!

To ensure that your lunch is healthy, make sure to include whole grains, lean protein and lots of veggies. Try this easy to prepare on-the-go recipe from YOU on a Diet:

Turkey Tortilla Wraps

2 6-inch whole wheat flour tortillas

4 slices of deli roast turkey breast

4 romaine lettuce leaves

4 slices tomato

2 thin slices red or yellow onion

Mustard or hot peppers (optional)

Layer all the ingredients, roll up and enjoy!

The TV Dessert

No more TV dinners. Instead, couples should connect with each other at the end of each day by eating dinner at a table. It's easier to control portions when you're focused on each other and the food you're consuming, rather than the television. A portioned dessert can be enjoyed together in front of the TV. Try this recipe from YOU on a Diet:

Cinnamon Baked Apples with Tangerines and Cranberries

Yields: 4 servings, 146 calories per serving

Ingredients:

2 large baking apples such as McIntosh or Rome Beauty (or substitute pears)

1 1/4 cups unsweetened apple juice, preferably unfiltered organic

1/2 cup (2 oz) dried cranberries (or substitute cherries)

1/4 tsp ground cinnamon

2 seedless clementines or tangerines, peeled, separated into segments

Heat oven to 400F. Cut apple in half lengthwise; cut out and discard cores, seeds and stems. Place 1/4 cup of the apple juice in an 8-inch baking dish or casserole pan. Place apples cut-side down on juice. Bake 15 - 18 minutes or until apples are tender. Meanwhile, simmer remaining 1 cup apple juice in a small saucepan over medium-high heat 5 minutes. Add cranberries, cinnamon and cloves; reduce heat and simmer uncovered 10 minutes, or until cranberries are plumped, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat; stir in Clementine sections. Arrange apple halves cut-side up on serving dishes. Our any remaining liquid from dish into cranberry mixture; spoon over apples.


The Date Plate

As a reward for staying on the plan all week (and only as a reward), you can indulge in a meal out. Order one indulgent entree and split it since restaurants often double meal proportions. Each of you can order a salad and vegetables to fill out the meal. However, be on the lookout for calories hidden in salad dressings and vegetables sauteed in butter! Speak up and ask your server how things are prepared and for sauces on the side.