There’s a new show on Z Living called Altar’d which premiered LAST NIGHT, January 17th, at 8 pm ET. The show features wedding couples who are looking to make big life changes in the form of dropping extra weight, past relationship baggage, and to set themselves up for a healthy future together. They are separated for 90 days while they go through their transformation with the big reveal at the altar.
Altar’d is meant to inspire others through their stories of self-transformation with the help of mind-body wellness and fitness expert, Erin Stutland and Chris Marhefka, founder of B3 Gym in Gainesville, FL.
Now, I have held strong opinions towards the whole wedding diet trend for years, well before I began my career in the event industry. My opinion of course correlates completely with my usual dieting outlook that you are so used to hearing about here on the blog.
An upcoming wedding date often leads people down the path of extreme dieting, crazy weight-loss plans and intense exercise routines in an effort to look as perfect as possible in their wedding pictures.
These wedding diets can lead to unhealthy behaviors, added stress and then of course, binge eating to make up for the lack of calories.
I have seen it happen. Women follow some restrictive diet and exercise plan, lose a significant amount of weight for their big day only to revert to old habits, gain all of the weight back (if not more) and then hate looking back at the pictures and video from their wedding day.
Of course they do. The wedding album is loaded with pictures of a person they barely recognize as themselves thereby making their current selves feel all sorts of terrible for not being as thin as they were in the photos.
Wedding planning is stressful enough but combining that with a restrictive and unrealistic diet plan is a recipe for disaster!
Every bride instinctively looks at her wedding photos and remembers what she was thinking and feeling at the time. Do you want to remember being hungry? Do you want to remember starving yourself to fit into that dress that wouldn’t even get up your leg now?
Do you want to remember bingeing the night before because you ate nothing but carrot sticks for weeks during your planning while running 10 miles a day only to briefly look that a skeletal version of yourself?
I look at this wedding picture of myself and although I think I look beautiful (all brides are allowed to gloat, okay?) I also see two very important memories that will stay with me forever:
1) My dress almost didn’t fit me because I slowly gained needed weight back after dealing with amenorrhea. I was not eating enough prior to being engaged and it slowly caught up with me during the wedding planning process.
2) I ate way too much cereal the morning of my wedding because I had completely lost touch with my appetite after being in starvation mode for so long. I remember having a bagel for lunch and then taking out the box of Cinnamon Chex cereal, just munching endlessly because I didn’t even know what hungry and/or full really felt like anymore.
Don’t get me wrong, I know there is another side to this. I know there can be a happy medium. There are plenty of people who can take the New Year or an upcoming wedding date as major motivation to finally get their life and health in order, empowering them to find a fitness program and diet.
I just wish that people would make this choice as a lifestyle – not a short-term routine that only sets them up for failure.
Even if it means you only drop 10 of the 25 pounds you wanted to lose, finding the right balance in the form of a realistic exercise routine you enjoy with enough calories to support it is key to keeping it up long-term, rather than long enough to pose for wedding photos.
Altar’d attempts to help people develop healthier habits for the long term. My hope is that the people who are lucky enough to have this great assistance from the experts on the show, embrace the opportunity.
I hope these wedding couples learn the importance of nutrient-dense foods and how to fuel their bodies for wellness, and that it’s not so much about dieting and weight loss but about forming a healthy, balanced lifestyle.
I also hope they can find a fitness routine they want to continue well beyond their wedding day and gain a new level of self-esteem in the process.
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Did you follow a specific diet plan while planning your wedding?
Did you catch Altar’d last night on television?!
If you are married, are you happy with how your wedding photos came out? Did you make your albums yet?