The word "diet" has split in two in our culture. "Diet" means losing weight over a long period with the goal of losing weight and keeping it off. "Diet" also means losing a bunch of weight really fast with little or no hope of keeping that weight off permanently.
At BalanceofFood.com, without using the word "diet," we support the former. The "Bridal Hunger Games" mentality rewards the latter.
"Crash diet" was the phrase most associated with upcoming brides walking around with a feeding tube up their noses. If you're the groom, you don't want to see this bride before the wedding and not just because she has a tube up her nose. If you're going a long time without food, Bridezilla might be mild compared to what that would be like.
The other image I get when I see this is the old Sweathogs line, "up your nose with a rubber hose." Whereas they would go up to her now and say, "Up your nose with … never mind."
Like the Sweathogs, "crash diet" is a thing of the past. While we certainly don't have to bring back the name, we do need to bring back that mentality.
No, not endorsing "crash diets" — just separating them, or whatever we shall call them, away from diets.
Long-term diets don't always work, but they do have setups designed to lose weight in a manner that is healthier and more likely to have a long-term impact. Crash diets aren't expected to work past a certain point, if at all.
Weddings are for a day. Marriages last a lifetime. Besides, if you try years later to get back to your wedding weight, and you eat food in the way before your wedding, you'll have an easier time reaching that goal.
Though if you are a bride that decides to go the feeding tube route, do your guests a favor. Have your first meal be the wedding dinner. Please.
So when the guests tap their glasses to get the couple to kiss, they'll hear this from the bride, "Later. I'm eating." Then again, if the bride has to work that hard to get into the dress, having even a little bit of food could produce moments like you see in the Subway ads where buttons pop.
If the bride waits until the honeymoon to eat solid food again, the groom won't be the sweetest thing in the room. Cake? Pie? Both?
Seriously, weddings are a time of stress, but they are supposed to be about celebrating the start of a beautiful lifelong commitment (you can tell I'm not married). They are parties where people are supposed to have fun. Live a little. Eat something.