Many soon-to-be brides purchase wedding dresses a size or two too small in hopes of losing weight before the big day. If you can relate to this and have successfully shed pounds, congratulations! If you still cannot fit inside of your dress because of bloat, however, try these tips, but also leave yourself enough time to get your dress altered in case your progress does not quite whittle your waist enough.

What is Bloat?

When temporary gas build-ups in your abdomen, that discomfort and stomach distention you feel is called bloat. Even though bloating can be a sign of a more serious medical condition, in most cases, it is the result of over-eating, eating too fast, or eating certain foods.   

Foods that are high in fat or sugars can lead to bloating, as can fiber. If you are lactose intolerant, dairy products will also give you that unwanted stomach pooch.

If you are days away from your wedding, however, the uncomfortable stomach discomfort you feel is probably the least of your worries. If you are worried about fitting into your dress, don't let your anxiety skyrocket.

T Minus Three Weeks

One of the biggest culprits of belly bloat is too much salt. Scientific evidence suggests that infants are unable to detect the sensation of salt, but after four or five months of exposure to it, they develop a taste for it. You can reverse the damage, however, by retraining your salt palate. After about three weeks of conscious sodium reduction, you will find that you simply do not crave it as much.

Three weeks is also enough time to increase your aerobic workouts. For best results, switch up your exercise routine; over time, your body adapts to your exercise routine, so it becomes less effective. For example, if you currently run, switch to cycling or aerobic kickboxing. Changing your exercise routine will shock your body, which in turn will result in more calories burned.

T Minus One Week

If your wedding is a week away, you still have plenty of time to get rid of your "food baby." If you are still having a problem with bloat and it shows in your wedding dress, steal some tricks from competitive bodybuilders and fitness figure models.

  • The Carbohydrate-Water Dance: In the week before a figure competition, women closely monitor the water and carbohydrates that they consume. For about three days, a competitor will avoid eating carbohydrates and drink excessive amounts of water; then, in the next three days, she will wean off of the water while simultaneously re-introducing carbohydrates. After this regimen, the muscles will suck the water, resulting in a toned physique.
  • Avoid Certain Foods: For the final few days, bodybuilders and figure competitors will avoid certain bloat-inducing foods, like sodas, artificial sweeteners, beans and lentils, sugars, and dairy foods.
  • Sweat it Out: A good, sweaty workout will safely flush out excessive bloat-inducing water. Add a few sessions in a hot sauna as well to drop excess water weight.

Now What?

If, in the final days before your wedding, you are still unable to fit into your dress, it might be time to throw in the towel. Talk to your dress alteration tailor, like those at Allisha Wedding, at least a week before your wedding and explain the problem so that, in the final days, your tailor can fit you in for emergency adjustments.

Do not look at this move as a failure; chances are, you will be the only one who notices your less-than-perfect figure. All of your hard work has undoubtedly still improved your physique, so even if you need to pull the waist of your dress out a touch, you have still improved your health and fitness.