Crash dieting for a wedding just doesn’t sound like a good idea to me. I understand, completely, the desire to look your best in wedding photos that will be admired, year, after year, after year. But the whole process, the pressure, and the restraint, and dissatisfaction of eating boiled broccoli everyday must get a girl down. Tie that together with the hectic schedule of a bride-to-be planning a wedding, and you have a recipe for disaster. As if you didn’t have enough to worry about, now you have to count calories? I have a friend who started on a diet plan shortly after she got engaged. And it was going well…she’d prepare her lunch everyday, boiled broccoli isn’t hard to make. She cut out all things delicious, and in a few weeks we were noticing results. After the first few months, she looked great! And more importantly, she looked great in her wedding dress. So what if she no longer had a social life at work, or enjoyed food? On she went. But as time goes by, if you’ve ever been on a diet, you should know that you tend you get a little more lax with yourself. You let yourself slide a bit, especially when you see improvements, because you figure, I deserve a reward. And that reward might be some candy, or your favorite pasta dish, or dessert! For my friend, it was the dessert. Much to her chagrin, when it came time for her third, and final fitting, despite tremendous early results, she was back to her original weight, and she actually had to let out her dress by a couple inches because her previous fitting was done while she was thin, and the dieting, well…it was for naught. There are two things to be learned here. 1.) You should not do anything to deliberately make yourself unhappy in the months leading up to your wedding. It’s an important time in your life, you should enjoy every minute. And 2.) If you do plan to go on a crash diet, plan accordingly. Time is of the essence. If you start too early, and don’t keep it up, you may run the risk of gaining the weight back before your last fitting. Of course, take the diet into consideration when you schedule your fittings. Make sure to schedule the final one close enough to the wedding date to account for any weight changes, but leave enough time for alterations.