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

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You push open a set of doors and walk into a room as dozens, perhaps hundreds, of faces turn to look at you. You're wearing a gorgeous, ridiculously expensive dress, and your hair and makeup have been styled and applied by pros. You look amazing, but you still feel burdened by those few extra pounds you just couldn't lose. For some reason, the crash diets you tried didn't work, and every pound that disappeared quickly came back (and brought some friends).

What happened? Did you set yourself up for failure by setting an unreasonable goal? How much weight can you realistically -- and safely -- expect to lose before your big day? Read the next page to find out.