Blended Cheese Crisps


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These keto friendly blended cheese crisps are extremely delicious while also very simple to make! Cheese is known to be a good source of protein that can also help suppress hunger so this recipe is a great snack idea to curb your cravings in between meals.

All you need to enjoy are these five items!

Ingredients

1 1/1 Cups of Shredded Mozzarella

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1/2 Cup Grated Parmesan

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4 Green Onions

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1 Teaspoon of Chili Powder & Black Pepper 

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Three Easy Steps

1 Put Mozzarella in to Colander and shake to separate smaller and larger shreds

2 Very thinly slice the green onions and add to the cheese along with chili powder and pepper (to taste)

3 Spray skillet with cooking spray and cook for 60 to 90 seconds until golden brown on medium/high heat

 

Remember to let it cool down and crispen up before you enjoy! 

 

*This recipe has been modified from pilcookbooks "Keto Recipes: More than 40 quick and easy favorites"  and is 100 percent keto friendly!

 

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Savory Summer Soups


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One of the best things about summer is the abundance of fresh fruit and vegetables that become available. A great way to enjoy the delicious variety of seasonal produce is to make an easy, healthy soup. Although some might say that summertime is too hot for soup, it can actually make a great light meal when you don't want to be weighed down by heavy food in the heat. Here are some different soup recipes that will satisfy your taste buds while keeping you full and satisfied.

 

First, we have a scrumptious recipe that uses roasted corn and peppers. The char from the roasted corn and peppers adds the perfect smoky flavor.

Smokey Roasted Corn Chowder

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Ingredients

*To roast corn spray baking sheet with coconut oil and bake corn in a 350-degree oven for 20 to 25 minutes or until corn looks roasted
**To roast red bell pepper either place under broiler in oven and continue to rotate the pepper until it is black or roast on an open gas flame on the stove and rotate until the entire pepper is black. Immediately place in plastic bag and zip close and allow to cool. Once cooled peel charred skin off.
  • 16 oz (2 cups) roasted sweet corn*
  • 32 oz vegetable broth
  • 16 oz unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 roasted red bell pepper**
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne
  • 1 tbls smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp liquid smoke, optional (I used hickory)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

  1. Heat olive oil in large stock pan and sauté onion, bell pepper, corn, and garlic until soft.
  2. Add chili powder, cayenne, smoked paprika, and salt and pepper
  3. De glaze pan with vegetable stock, add liquid smoke and bring to a boil
  4. Turn off heat and separate half of the vegetable mixture in the pot in a separate bowl
  5. Pour the broth and other half of vegetables into a blender and blend until smooth
  6. Return the blended mixture back into the pot on the stove, add the separated vegetables, and pour coconut milk into the pot
  7. Bring back to a boil and adjust for salt, pepper, and smokiness

 

This delicious summer minestrone is packed with tons of summer vegetables as well as zucchini, peppers, and beans. 

Summer Minestrone Soup

 

 

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Ingredients

  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 cup diced onion (about 1/2 onion)
  • 1/2 cup sliced leeks, white and light green parts only (see How to Clean Leeks), about 1/2 leek
  • 1/2 cup diced celery (about one celery rib)
  • 1/4 cup diced red bell pepper (about 1/4 of one bell pepper)
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced (about 1 Tbsp)
  • 6 cups chicken stock (can use good quality vegetable stock for vegetarian option)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves (or 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme)
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt (add more salt if using unsalted stock)
  • 2 cups large dice zucchini (or other summer squash such as crookneck or pattypan)
  • 1 cup fresh green beans, trimmed and cut into 1-inch lengths
  • 2 roma tomatoes, diced
  • 1/2 cup cooked small white beans
  • 1/2 cup dry ditalini or any small pasta (omit for gluten-free option)
  • Fresh basil for garnish
  • Grated Parmesan cheese for garnish (optional)

Instructions:

1 Sauté onions, leeks, celery, bell pepper, garlic, in olive oil: Heat 1 Tbsp of olive oil in a large, thick-bottomed pot on medium high. Add the diced onion, leeks, celery, and bell pepper. Cook for 8 to 10 minutes until softened, lowering the heat to medium to prevent browning.

Add the minced garlic and cook for a minute more, until fragrant.

2 Add stock, seasonings, beans, pasta, vegetables, then simmer: Add the chicken stock, bay leaf, thyme, and salt to the pot. Increase heat to bring to a simmer, then add the zucchini, green beans, tomatoes, white beans, and pasta.

Heat to a simmer again and lower the heat to maintain a steady simmer. Cook for 10 minutes until the vegetables and the pasta are cooked through.

3 Garnish with basil and Parmesan: Garnish with thinly sliced fresh basil and grated Parmesan cheese to serve.

 

 

What's a better combination than grilled cheese with tomato soup? This simple recipe is the perfect way to fulfill your craving for fresh summer tomatos!

Summery Fresh Tomato Soup

 

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The Most Delicious Bread Recipe, and it’s Grain Free!


 

 

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There are few things that smell better than a fresh loaf of bread baking in the oven. Many people don't realize how easy it is to make their own bread at home, and the benefits are more than worth it. There are numerous advantages to baking your own bread versus buying it pre-made.

Bread from a grocery store is often loaded with sugar; sometimes white bread has as much as three grams of sugar per slice. A peanut butter and jelly sandwich for your child can contain up to 6 grams of sugar in the bread alone. Consuming large amounts of sugar is linked to various health issues, including diabetes, obesity, and heart disease. Wheat bread is a healthier option, but it can still have up to 1 gram of sugar per slice.

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A great alternative is a grain-free bread, but a loaf at the store can cost anywhere from $5-$7. This recipe for a grain-free loaf is an easy way to make delicious, healthy bread at home. It uses almond flour, arrowroot flour, and coconut flour, which are excellent grain substitutes for those who are sensitive to gluten. Almond flour is low in carbohydrates and tastes slightly sweeter than wheat flour. Arrowroot flour is easier to digest, and much healthier when used in place of cornstarch. Coconut flour has a content high in protein, fiber, and healthy fats.

Crusty Boule Bread Recipe

Dry Ingredients:

  • 1 cup almond flour (100g)
  • 1 cup arrowroot flour (120g)
  • ⅓ cup coconut flour (40 g)
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 2 tsp active dry yeast
  • 1½ tbsp very finely ground chia
  • 2 tbsp organic psyllium husk powder

Wet Ingredients:

  • 1¼ cup filtered water
  • 2 tsp maple syrup, coconut sugar, or honey
  • 1 egg yolk + tsp water for egg wash (optional)

Directions:

  1. In a large bowl, whisk together the almond flour, arrowroot flour, coconut flour and sea salt.
  2. Heat water to 105–110°F. Add maple syrup and stir. Add the yeast and let stand 10 minutes. The yeast should bubble or foam. If it doesn’t, start over.
  3. Stir the finely ground chia and psyllium powder into the yeast mixture. Let stand 1 minute to thicken, then whisk.
  4. Pour the thickened yeast-chia mixture into the dry ingredients and mix with a wooden spoon until thick and fully combined. The dough will be slightly sticky, but workable. Knead for 1 minute.
  5. Put kneaded dough back in the bowl, cover with a damp kitchen towel and place in a warm spot to rise for one hour.
  6. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Place a pizza stone in the oven to preheat.
  7. Divide dough into two balls. Place dough balls on a square of parchment paper or a pizza peel. Dip your hands in water and shape into nice rounded shapes. Brush with egg wash, if desired. Use a serrated knife to cut a tic-tac-toe pattern on the top.
  8. Slide the prepared boules onto the preheated stone. Bake 35-40 minutes. PLEASE NOTE – baking time can vary – the measure of doneness is an internal temperature of 205-210 F.
  9. Let cool completely on a wire rack. (Not allowing the loaf to fully cool before cutting may result in a gummy interior.) When completely cool, slice and serve or store in an airtight container. To re-crisp crust, toast or reheat in a 375 F degree oven for 5-10 minutes.                                                                                

Not only is this bread recipe healthy, but it's also extremely delicious and tastes as good as anything you could buy at the store, if not better. 

 

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Candy’s Mini-Bypass: A Skydiving Adventure


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Our team at BeLiteWeight is always happy to hear about the success of our patients! There is nothing better for us than to learn about how much having surgery has changed their lives for the better. We are excited to share about our wonderful patient Candy, who was able to have the adventure of her life after getting a mini gastric bypass. 

Candy was kind enough to share her story with us! t before

I had the mini gastric bypass, it was an easy surgery.  The hospital in Juarez was clean and professional.  It was nice to stay in the hospital and they accommodated my son who accompanied me on this journey, instead of being shipped off to a hotel, like a lot of other weight loss services in Mexico.
My life today, 15 months after gastric bypass is a complete 360 degree change.  I do not know who that person is anymore in the before picture.  I only know the person I have become after weight loss surgery, I walk, bike, workout, including kickboxing to say fit and get toned.  Even though my stomach controls how much food I can eat.  I still really watch what I eat.  Clean, organic food, very rarely any processed food or food with refined sugars.  Don 't get me wrong I still par-take in some of my favorite junk food, but to tell the truth, it does not taste the same, when I do take a bite or two.  I would rather eat an apple or have a protein shake (Herbal Life has great shakes, it is my daily breakfast)!
 
About three months after the surgery and down about 50 lbs., I hit a plateau for about 3 weeks, but from what I have read it is normal.  I decided it was time to start working out, as this surgery is a tool, not a cure.  Now, I workout on a regular basis and sometimes to much, as my addiction to food and changed to my addiction to workout and eat right.  I really enjoy working out, walking, just got a new 3 speed bike cruiser, I joined a kickboxing gym and I actually just SKYDIVED for the first time in my life.  It was worth the wait to lose all my weight for the SKYDIVING ADVENTURE.
I am so glad that I had weight loss surgery, my life had definitely improved and I feel I will live longer, side note, been off high blood pressure medication for over 6 months.
 
That is my story!
 

 

 

 

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 We are so proud of you Candy! Keep up the great work!
 
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Hydrating Low-Carb Summer Refreshers!


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Homemade Keto Electrolyte Drink

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Having a deficiency in electrolytes can cause many symptoms, including fatigue and irritability. This summer refresher will help keep your electrolytes up and leave you hydrated.
 
Ingredients
  • 6 cups water (~ 1.5 l)
  • The juice of one medium lemon ( 55ml)
  • ½ tsp potassium chloride or lite salt.
  • ¼ tsp pink Himalayan Salt.
  • 2 tsp Natural Calm magnesium supplement.
  • Sweetener to taste.
  • Optional: 2 squeezes of Water Enhancer ( Fruit Flavored, Naturally sweetened with Stevia)

 

 

Rehydrating Infused Lemon Ginger Turmeric Water

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Two indredibly powerful ingredients are tumeric and fresh lemon juice. Tumeric works as an anti-inflammatory, while lemon juice helps boost white blood cells. This recipe utilizes both to create a healthy drink that will revitalize you and quench your thirst

Ingredients

  • Lemon -1
  • Ginger- 1-inch piece
  • Turmeric -1/2 tsp
  • Salt- a pinch
  • Water-400ml 

Clean and cut the lemon into slices. Clean the ginger root and slice it. In a glass bottle layer the lemon and ginger root. Add the turmeric powder. Fill it with water, put the lid on and you’re ready to go.

 

 

Carrot Apple Protein Smoothie

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Here is a recipe for an easy and delicious smoothie that is high in protein and fiber. Protein helps to build and repair tissue, while fiber helps to help you feel fuller, longer.

Ingredients

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • 4 oz carrots – chopped
  • 1 apple
  • 1/4 avocadopitted
  • 1/2 cup cup apple sauce(one container)
  • 1/2 limejuiced
  • 1 tbsp pea protein
  • 1 1/4 cup water
  • 1 cup ice

 Pro tip: For an extra creamy smoothie, or if you don’t have a high-powered blender, lightly steaming the carrots for a few minutes will help them blend quickly and smoothly.

 

 

Natural Hydration Drink Recipe for Kids

 

 

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It's also good to make sure that our kids are staying hydrated after long days spent playing in the sun.  This drink is more fun than plain water but not unhealthy like sugary juice or soda.

Ingredients

  • 3 cup – sugar free coconut water
  • 1 cup – raw apple juice
  • 1 cup – ice
  • 1/8 teaspoon – sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon – honey

Optional:

  • 1/4 medium – lime
  • 1/4 medium – orange

Directions:

 
  1. Put all ingredients in a high powered blender, and blend for 1 minute.
  2. Pour into containers and enjoy immediately or store in the fridge for later. Will stay good in the fridge for 1 week.
  3. Optional:  add a squeeze of lime and orange juice!

 

Cucumber Tomato Avocado Salad

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There are also ways to stay hydrated that don't involve drinking. There are many foods that contain a high water content, like cucumbers, which can make a delicious meal that keeps you feeling refreshed despite the heat.

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp Lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp Olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp Garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp Black pepper
  • 2 large Hass avocados (halved, pitted, peeled, and cubed)*
  • 6 medium Tomato (cut into wedges)
  • 2 cups English cucumber (chopped)
  • 3 tbsp Fresh dill (chopped)
  • 3 tbsp Fresh parsley (chopped)

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  1. For the dressing: In a small bowl, whisk together the lemon juice, olive oil, garlic powder, and black pepper. (Alternatively, place in an airtight container and shake vigorously.)
  2. In a large bowl, combine the avocado, tomatoes, cucumber, fresh dill, and fresh parsley.
  3. Pour the dressing over the salad and toss to coat. Serve immediately.

 

 

 

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Diabetic Approved High Protein Recipes


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Pesto Chicken Kabobs

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High Protein Egg Pizza

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Steak With Roasted Tomatoes & Scallions

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Shrimp and Fennel Risotto

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Eggs: A Healthy Fat


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Eat Eggs Every Day Any Day!!

Eggs are gaining popularity as not only a breakfast food but also as a supplement for a quick lunch or supper. They are an important dietary staple and are used in various sweet and savoury preparations throughout the world. They are a good inexpensive source for high quality proteins and a huge health booster!

Here are top 8 benefits of eggs:

  1. Vitamins:

Eggs have almost all the vitamins required for a healthy body. Vitamins are mostly needed by the body in small quantities and are organic in nature. Eggs are both balanced and completely natural!

Some of the Vitamins found in the egg are:

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  1. Weight Loss:

Contrary to the belief that eggs are unhealthy and fattening, they actually help to reduce weight. This is because eggs are filling, keeping our stomach fully satisfied for a long duration while also low in calories. Eggs help limit calorie intake, thus helping in weight reduction. A perfect food for those struggling to get nutrients after weight loss surgery!

  1. Minerals:

Eggs are a storehouse for essential minerals that are vital for the body. Iron, phosphorous, zinc are some of the main minerals found in the eggs. Iron is needed to gain energy and one can easily get tired if the body does not have a sufficient supply. Phosphorous is needed for healthy bones and teeth whereas zinc helps support our bodies immune system keeping us in top form.

  1. Cholesterol and Heart Disease:

One of myths about eating eggs is that they are unhealthy because those who eat them are more susceptible to heart disease. On the contrary, new studies show that eggs contain large amount of HDL or good cholesterol. Increases in HDL generally lead to a reduction in heart diseases, strokes and other health issues. This is because it is the saturated fat in the diet and not the dietary cholesterol in the body that effects the level of blood cholesterol in our body.

  1. Choline:

Ever heard of it before? Chances are that you never have. Eggs contain Choline, an important nutrient needed by our body in sufficient quantities. A single egg contains more than 100 mg of Choline. Choline is generally grouped with Vitamin B. They help in making cell membranes, and are also involved in memory and muscle control as well as many other body functions.

  1. Eye Health:

Egg Yolk or the dreaded yellow potion of an egg contains two major antioxidants Lutein and Zeaxanthin. These antioxidants reduce cataract and muscular degeneration, which are major reasons for vision impairment and blindness.

  1. Proteins with amino acids:

Eggs are one of the best natural sources of proteins. Proteins are the building blocks of muscle, skin, blood and bones. Generally, a medium-sized egg weighing 44g typically contains 5.53g of protein. Eggwhite is rich in proteins and is regularly used by athletes and bodybuilders to help muscle building, bone development and acts as an energy powerhouse for workouts.

  1. Organic, Free Range, and Pasture-Raised

Looking to maximize all of these benefits? Hens that are raised on a varied diet of organic greens instead of hormone and antibiotic tainted feed offer a much more nutritional profile. However do not be fooled by companies who market their eggs as organic and free range. Often times their hens are only offered very limited time outside and are not fed a proper diet. Studies show that properly raised pasture-raised hens offer eggs with less cholesterol and fat but more omega-3s, vitamin A and E, and Lutein!

      Get started with your egg regime now!!  If you appreciated reading about the health benefits of eggs, take a look at our other health related articles!   And to learn more about the Gastric Sleeve and other weight loss options Call BeLiteWeight today!

Links to Info

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http://www.besthealthmag.ca/best-eats/nutrition/5-reasons-to-eat-more-eggs/

http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/howto/guide/ingredient-focus-eggs

https://authoritynutrition.com/10-proven-health-benefits-of-eggs/

http://paleoleap.com/an-egg-yolk-a-day-keeps-the-doctor-away/

http://www.webmd.com/diet/good-eggs-for-nutrition-theyre-hard-to-beat?page=1

http://wiki-fitness.com/egg-health-myths-muscle-weightloss/

http://www.livestrong.com/article/256784-nutrition-facts-for-one-egg/

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/283659.php?page=1

https://authoritynutrition.com/6-reasons-why-eggs-are-the-healthiest-food-on-the-planet/

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Savory and Light: Bacon Western Omelet


Even when you're on a diet or living a healthier lifestyle to cut down on sodium and fats, you still need to have a full and hearty breakfast before you start your day. While it may seem like the only options you have are juices and smaller breakfast foods, there is still healthy and diet friendly meals that you can have in the morning that have all the fixings! This savory and light bacon Western omelet is a perfect example.

Usually when we think of bacon, there is a lot of grease and fat involved. In this omelet, it brings a smoky flavor without all of the bad fats and sodium intake that can throw you off your diet. You could even switch out the ham with turkey bacon if you so choose, but the fact still remains: this omelet is healthy, diet friendly, and only has 190 calories.

Savory and Light: Bacon Western Omelet | BeLite Weight | Weight Loss Recipes Here is the full list of ingredients you will need to make this Western-style omelet:

  • Six large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons of milk, low fat
  • 3 tablespoons of butter, unsalted
  • 1/2 cups of onions, diced
  • 1/2 cup of green peppers, diced
  • 1/2 cup of ham or turkey bacon, cooked and diced

 

And here are the instructions:

  • Whisk together all of the eggs and milk in a large mixing bowl until the mixture is frothy and well mixed together.
  • Melt one tablespoon of the butter on a large, non-stick cooking pan. Then, add in half of the onions and bell peppers and begin to cook on medium to high heat until onions are translucent. Next, add in half of the ham and allow to cook for about one minute while stirring.
  • Add another part of butter and let it swirl around in the pan. Add half of the beaten eggs and milk into the pan and let it swirl around the pan to create a circle.
  • Turn down heat to medium to low and cover pan with lid for about two minutes. Flip the circle and let it cook for another minute. Roll unto a plate and serve with extra toppings.

Skipping Breakfast Does Not Lead to Weight Gain: Study


Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, at least that's what you've been told. Eat a healthy breakfast, the experts say, and you'll boost your metabolism, be less likely to snack throughout the day and be much more likely to maintain a healthy weight.

Skip breakfast, and you'll likely find yourself starving and snacking on unhealthy food within an hour or so–and you'll be more likely to gain weight. At least that's what everyone–even the U.S. surgeon general–has been saying.

Not so fast.

A new study published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition shows that skipping breakfast has no impact on weight gain.

The study, conducted by Vanderbilt University, followed 52 overweight adult women. Some ate breakfast, some didn't. What it found was that neither group was significantly impacted by their breakfast-eating practices. Contrary to what everyone believed previously, the people who lost weight were not the people who ate breakfast every morning. In fact, the people who lost weight over the course of the study were the people who made the biggest changes in their overall eating habits–whether that meant eating breakfast, not eating breakfast or eating fewer calories throughout the day.

In addition, researchers at the University of Alabama Birmingham also compared their data to those of other studies on the importance of breakfast. What they found was that the other studies used faulty measurements to determine that breakfast was important to weight loss. In other words, the studies were not academic–they were based more on anecdotal evidence.

So what's the lesson from these studies? The answer comes down to common sense.

Losing weight requires changing your eating habits. It takes discipline. It takes hard work. And it takes dedication.

The simple equation is eat a healthy diet, regardless of when you eat. Exercise regularly. And, most importantly, consume fewer calories each day than you burn. That's the key to losing weight and living healthy.

So if you need to skip breakfast because you're hurried, busy or just not feeling like eating, go ahead and skip it.

Losing Weight for Your Wedding: What Every Bride Needs to Know


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.