Did you know?

Men and women often make an effort to lose weight before special events such as weddings or vacations.

While many people do so in healthy ways, others take their weight loss efforts to the extreme.

For example, many brides-to-be aspire to shed excess weight before their weddings so they can look as slim as possibly in their wedding gowns. The New York Times even reported in 2012 on a bride who spent eight days on a feeding tube to strictly limit calories so she could fit into her wedding dress. Such efforts are dangerous and could put individuals’ long-term health in serious jeopardy.

Healthy weight loss for any occasion requires a long lead time, so that individuals can safely shed between one and two pounds per week with a healthy mix of diet and exercise, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Trimming between 500 and 1,000 calories per day from their diets can help individuals lose weight safely.