Now that it’s officially wedding season, you might be asked to attend a wedding every weekend from now until the end of time (jk...but really). With open bars and endless hors d'oeuvres, weddings can be hell on your health. This season, don’t let a few (thousand) weddings ruin your wellness. Because you shouldn’t have to sacrifice your health to celebrate with friends, here are some tips to help you stay in wedding-shape all season long.
Bring A Snack
From the ceremony to the cocktail hour to the reception to the after-party (to the after-after-party), weddings can be all day affairs. That’s why it’s important not to show up starving. Eat a balanced meal before you arrive and bring a healthy snack, like an apple or granola bar, in your purse. If you wait to eat, chances are you’ll end up stuffing your face with one too many starters. Eating beforehand and bringing a snack will stop you from reaching for those unhealthy hors d’oeuvres that you don’t really like to begin with (#sorrynotsorry).
Calories from alcohol can add up quickly. And while no wedding is complete without a glass (or two, or three) of champagne, remember to pace yourself. If you don’t want to limit yourself to only a few drinks (#yolo), then try and drink a glass of water between each cocktail to help yourself stay hydrated. Also, avoid cocktails with lots of added sugar (like that signature wedding drink), and stick to champagne or a club soda mixer.
Avoid The Buffet
If you’re at a wedding with a buffet table, look at it the same way you’d look at the buffet in your hotel. Don’t eat everything just because it’s there (and free). Instead of using a full-size dinner plate, grab a smaller appetizer plate. The smaller plate will help you avoid overloading and overeating. Also, as always, go for the vegetable options first and grab as many as you can.
Pick One Dessert
Forget the cake, these days most weddings have an entire table dedicated to dessert, including cupcakes, candy, and an entire gelato cart (yes, I’ve seen it all!). Choose your dessert wisely - pick your favorite treat and eat a single serving. Satisfy your sweet tooth without going over the top - you’ll thank yourself later.
This tip goes without saying. The best way to keep the calories off during a wedding? Grab a partner, get on the floor and dance the night (and calories) away!