When a soon-to-be bride is getting ready for a wedding, a couple of her priorities are probably eating clean and attending several intense cardio classes. After all, a strict diet increases her chances of fitting into her dream wedding dress. However, that’s not the case for Academy Award-winning actress Gwyneth Paltrow.

On the first and recent episode of her company’s podcast, The Beauty Closet, she revealed indulging in fried food and hard liquor in the days leading up to her wedding day last year. While chatting about the beauty perks of clean eating and a balanced diet, the hosts asked if Paltrow stuck to her guns for her pre-wedding diet before exchanging vows with long-time boyfriend, Brad Falchuk.

“I was too stressed,” exclaimed the Goop founder. “I was like French fries and whiskey right up to the day. It wasn’t good.” She went on, “it’s the new Goop way, okay?” [1]


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Yep, that’s right, ladies. Even a health and wellness mogul such as Gwyneth Paltrow has several cheat days on their pre-wedding diet.

She went on to describe her bridal makeup on The Beauty Closet podcast. “I wanted to look like myself, but I definitely wanted makeup,” she clarified. “I think in pictures if I have no makeup, I can look really washed out. I’m very blonde.” [1]

Shredding for the Wedding

Unlike Gwyneth Paltrow, some of us don’t have the luxury of sticking to a strict (and expensive!) diet from the moment we’re engaged until the moment we’re walking down the aisle. However, there are some basics to a wedding detox diet to help keep the extra pounds at bay before the wedding day. To make sure your dress fitting appointments go smoothly, here’s what to include in your pre-wedding diet:

  • Drink plenty of water
  • Refrain from eating processed food
  • Stay away from refined and starchy carbohydrates such as white bread and rice
  • Limit alcohol intake – no more than 7 servings weekly
  • Avoid sweetened or artificially sweetened beverages
  • Meal prep to save time and money
  • Increase veggie and fruit intake
  • Moderate exercise at least four times per day


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[1] Us Weekly – Gwyneth Paltrow Ate French Fries and Whiskey Before Her Wedding: ‘It’s the New Goop Way’