The countdown is on as you are getting hitched. For your marriage, dressings, ornaments and accessories must not be the only area of concern but you also need to bring some remarkable changes in your appearance.

Generally, girls put on weight due to three main reasons- busy lifestyle, stress and regular parties. But you don’t need to wreck your head, worrying how to get in shape before your marriage. Here chief dietician of Fortis Hospital, Kiran Dalal and clinical nutritionist, Nidhi Sreen suggest few tips for managing weight and proper diet plans for would be brides.

-    Start your day with a glass of hot water mixed with lemon juice. You can mix crushed mint for unique flavour.

-    Whenever feel hungry, have juice and soup.

-    If you want to check your calorie intake, then forget junk foods, sugar, ice cream, cake and pastries.

-    Though the daily need of your calorie intake is 1600 cal, try to put lid on this. Keep it in mind that you have to consume three meals and two snacks besides roasted nuts, fruits and steamed fermented food in an entire day.

-    A heavy breakfast is really necessary to start your day. Avoid sweets and try to include low fat milk products in your morning meal. 1-2 cup servings of multigrain cereal, sprouts and sliced fruits will complete your brunch. While you will get 300 cal from your breakfast, dinner and lunch will fulfill your remaining calorie need.

-    Make your lunch or dinner healthy by incorporating wholegrain cereal, pulses or grilled fish, one piece of chicken, low fat probiotic curd, salad and green vegetables.

-    If you want to shed 5 kg weight before a month of your wedding, try to concentrate on your diet from six months earlier. It will directly affect your skin and hair.

-    To get glowing and healthy skin, eat carrots, apricots, yellow and orange fruits. Prefer spinach or green vegetables. Have ample of tomatoes as it contains lycopene which is good for your skin.

-    Consume walnuts. It contains omega, fatty acid in rich amount which makes your hair and skin shinny and healthier.

-    Drink 4-5 cup of green tea.

-    Avoid alcohol and smoking.

-    You get energy after consuming salad, soup and fruits.

-    Drink ample amount of water, juice and soup to ward off water shortage in your body.

Post marriage:

-    Enjoy eating your food slowly. Avoid watching TV while having meal.

-    Take proper breakfast avoiding intervals. A bowl of fruits muesli or oatmeal will suffice your diet.

-    Must take green vegetable soup for lunch. If you are non-vegetarian, prefer prawns.

-    Do not eat when you are angry or in stress.

-    Avoid black coffee, junk foods and tea as much as you can. Avoid refined products.

-    Workout with your partner. You can make your heart healthy by increasing physical activity. It will control your cholesterol and blood sugar level too. Make sure that you go for walk after having dinner. Make it a habit.

-    Do not match your diet plan with your partner as male need more calories than female in a day.

-    Eat nutritious food, but do not forget to check the quantity of intake.

-    Eat healthy but in limited amount. This must be your fitness mantra.

-    Take balanced diet. Do not avoid workouts.

Workout plan for 1 week:

Monday: Warm up for 3 minutes

Start with weight training

•    Scotts: repeat 45 times

•    Pushups: 8 times

•    Easy pushups: 8 times

•    Negative pull-ups: 10 times

•    Plank: Repeat in 45 seconds

Tuesday: Do yoga or pilates for 45 minutes to 1 hour

Wednesday: Warm up training for 3 minutes

Weight training

•    Scotts: Repeat 45 times

•    Pushups: 8 times

•    Easy pushups: 8 times

•    Negative pull-ups: 10 times

•    Plank: Repeat it for 45 seconds

Thursday: Do yoga or pilates for 45 minutes to 1 hour

Friday: Warm up training for 3 minutes

Weight training

•    Scotts: Repeat 45 times

•    Pushups: 8 times

•    Easy pushups: 8 times

•    Negative pull-ups: 10 times

•    Plank: Repeat it for 45 seconds

Saturday: Do 30 minutes dance or 1 hour aerobics

Sunday: Take morning walk for 20-60 minutes

Courtesy: Sakhi (Illa Shrivastava)