Our 10 Best Dieting Tips for Brides

Get Real

I'd love to be a size two. While I'm naming unrealistic goals, I should also disclose that I want to be fabulously wealthy without having to expend any effort whatsoever. And I want a unicorn.

A girl can dream, right? The point is that what we want and what's in line with reality are often two different things. So be realistic when setting your wedding day weight goals. Start by calculating your body mass index (BMI), which uses your height and weight to estimate your body fat (see sidebar). Once you've identified that number, consider how much time you have to lose weight before the big day. It's simply not healthy -- or even possible -- to drop 20 pounds in two weeks, no matter what the diet commercials say. Setting sky-high goals is the best way to be disappointed and possibly damage your health for the long term if you abuse yourself with fad diets and unsafe pills.