Well gentlemen, we’re lucky. As grooms, we throw on a suit and we walk down the aisle. Lucky for us, we almost always look great in a suit and our girls always swoon for us when we wear one (especially if it’s well-tailored). This means that generally, our pre-wedding workouts are mostly minimal. If you are one of those guys who wants to buff up a bit before the big day though, we’ve got you covered.
First, figure out what your goal is. Are you looking to build up, tighten up, or straight up drop fat? This will lead your work out ways. But here are some basic rules first.
- Eat more. Yeah, it’s pretty nice to hear that, right? Eating more will increase your metabolism which will help you burn fat. Now, this isn’t to say have more meals, but snack more. And make sure they’re healthy. Veggies, fruit, even protein shakes will do the trick.
- Lift weights. Lifting weights is also a great way to increase your metabolism. Plus, the more you lift, the more you can eat! You start to notice that you get hungrier a lot faster. That’s not a bad thing! Just make sure you’re filling your body with the right stuff.
- If you’ve burned it, you’ve earned it! The golden rule. Remember, if you’re planning on eating more often (which you should) you should be working out more too. Simple as that.
- Keep your portion sizes realistic. Don’t make your plates 1/3 of the size you normally would, but don’t overfill your plate either. Take realistic portion sizes. Have lots of protein (it’s what will keep you feeling full longer) and cut down on the carbs. DO NOT CUT OUT CARBS FROM YOUR DIET, YOUR BODY NEEDS THEM! Just have a little bit less than what you normally do. And don’t forget to load up on those veggies!
- Do your best to avoid processed foods. Good fats only!
- Allow yourself to cheat. Yes, cheat meals are allowed. They’re practically unavoidable leading up to your wedding anyway!
- Don’t forget your cardio. While cardio isn’t the only way to lose weight, it is quite effective when paired with proper eating and weight training. 30 minutes/day of cardio that increases your heart rate (no, going for a walk probably won’t cut it unless you’re going for a really long one) should be more than enough.
Good luck gentlemen! We’ve got this!