Excerpt from the Introduction
"Wedding Dress Woes"
Our mission is this: With our safe and sane diet and
exercise plan, we will help you, the soon-to-be-married
woman, accomplish your weight-loss and shape-up goals
without sacrificing your skin or your hair or your energy
or your sanity for, say, your thunder thighs. In addition,
our advice will keep your immune system healthy and strong
so you can survive all of the stress of getting to the
church on time.
The corollary to this is you will have the foundation
for a varied and healthy eating style for life. You have
probably heard the statistic that "95 percent of all diets
fail." This is misleading; it implies you can't lose weight
on a diet. The truth is that most people do lose weight
when they go on a diet. But 95 percent of them put the
weight back on within a year. That's mostly thanks to
the rigidity and monotony of the majority of diets. Sure,
you can eat nothing but steak and oranges for a couple
of weeks--but think about staying on that diet for the
next year. You couldn't. You would go absolutely mad.
You would crave the forbidden so much that one day, like
a rabid animal, you would wrestle that package of Wheat
Thins from your new husband's hands and--cramming and
snarling--eat the entire box without even bothering to
sit down. Sooner rather than later, you would balloon
just like Fergie, and you'd become a card-carrying member
of the Ninety-five Percent Club.
That won't happen here. There is nothing monotonous
about The Wedding Dress Diet. Our philosophy is
that you can eat anything you want . . . in moderation.
Moderation meaning that if you split a dish of chocolate
mousse with your best friend at lunch, then don't have
dessert after dinner. Because in our book, calories are
king. It's not the proverbial end-all and be-all--Robyn
is, after all, a dietitian with some very hardcore beliefs
about good nutrition (as you'll learn in Chapter Four).
But we live in the real world, too. We know the odds of
finding a bag of baby carrots in your office vending machine
as opposed to a Snickers bar or bag of Doritos. So you
won't get a lot of finger wagging from us. You blow it
occasionally? In our book, the day is still salvageable--you'll
have no excuse to say, "Well, since I blew it at lunch
I might as well go all out at dinner, too."