The day you get married is one of the most important days of your life, so it should be perfect. You should have the perfect dress. Your hair should be stunningly beautiful. And you should look your best.

If your wedding day is approaching and you need to lose some weight, there are some things you need to know:

Carbohydrates are your enemy. Sure, eating a balanced diet makes the most sense for your overall health. But if you need to drop some pounds and tone up in a hurry, try cutting carbs. You'll be surprised how much weight you can lose in just a few weeks.

Water is your friend. You have a maid of honor and bridesmaids to take you out for your bachelorette party, but who's going to make sure you're properly hydrated? Water, that's who. Drinking a lot of water (eight to 12 eight-ounce glasses a day) will boost your metabolism.

Breakfast isn't optional. You've heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day–and it absolutely is. Eating breakfast every day is important because it boosts your metabolism. Even more important, according to a recent study, is to eat it early (at around 6 a.m.). So don't skip breakfast.

Being a "muncher" is a good thing. Has it ever seemed strange to you that Americans eat their largest meal of day (dinner) just before they retire for the night? Think about it, Americans sit down and eat up hundreds or thousands of calories and then sit around for the next 12 hours, watching TV and sleeping. All those calories just sit there and turn to fat. Instead, eat six to eight small meals a day–be a muncher. This will give your body more time to burn off the excess calories, keeping you thinner.

Simple sugars are bad for you. This one should almost go without saying, but it's important so it made the list. Don't eat foods with simple sugars in them. This means potato chips, beer, fast food and white bread. Simple sugars are sure to be stored as fat. That's not good.