TLC Tip

Brides looking to lose 30 pounds or more should allot at least six months to shed the weight. An average of five or six weeks is necessary to lose 10 pounds.

Establish Realistic Weight-loss Goals

Weight loss isn't exactly college-level calculus. In fact, the math is actually quite simple: To lose weight, you must burn more calories than you consume.

Extremely motivated brides can shoot for an hour or more of exercise per day and aim to consume 1,050 and 1,200 calories daily, according to WebMD. Such a regimented plan can result in a loss of three to five pounds per week, although consuming any fewer calories can be dangerous and even counterproductive, since your body will start to think it's being starved and hold on to the fat with gusto.

Brides interested in dropping a moderate amount of weight more slowly can expect to lose one to two pounds per week by increasing physical activity and cutting about 500 calories per day from their existing intake. Yes, progress is slow and steady when it comes to weight loss, so toss those dreams of dropping 10 pounds a week by the wayside. Above all else, give yourself plenty of time to attain your goals. If you're dropping weight the healthy way, it simply won't happen overnight.