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How much weight is safe (and realistic) to lose before your wedding?


Setting Weight-loss Goals and Expectations
Success on the scale comes from consistency and commitment to your fitness regimen.
Success on the scale comes from consistency and commitment to your fitness regimen.
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It normally takes six to eight months to plan a wedding, so if you have a lot of weight to lose, start immediately. Two pounds a week might not sound like much, but stick with it for half a year (26 weeks) and you'll lose 52 pounds, which is more than a few dress sizes slimmer.

If your wedding is more than a month or two away, try setting smaller goals for yourself that will serve as checkpoints on your way to your ideal weight.

So, for example, if you're determined to lose 30 pounds before your wedding, which is six months away, just focus on losing 2 or 3 pounds those first two weeks. Once that's accomplished, try to shed an additional pound or two before the end of the month.

This way, you're setting realistic, accessible goals for yourself and aren't focusing on a huge, imposing number that, even when you're losing weight, can still seem unattainable.

Did you know that stressed out brides-to-be who are planning their own weddings are more likely to lose weight than other dieting women? Find out why on the next page.


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