Real Brides' Weight Loss Stories

AFTER

Frances lost 40 pounds in five months

Her slim-down strategy: "I signed up for Medifast with my fiancé, Josh. He'd had success with it, and it seemed safe. I ate six small meals a day and didn't have time between meals to get hungry and snack on bad things."

The biggest challenge: "Some of the meals I chose weren't so pleasing—chili was a particular challenge."

Best diet tip: "Be disciplined. If that means getting a friend or your partner to help you stay accountable, do it; otherwise, it's easy to cheat."

In her gown, she felt... "Beautiful. It sounds clichéd, but the way I looked was a dream come true. The gown even had to be taken in, which made me happy."

Dress, $2,500, Robert Bullock Bride. Comb, Haute Bride. Necklace, Nadri. Bouquet, Zezé Flowers.

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