Kimi Bates Bridal Spotlight

Each week, we feature shape-up secrets from real brides who slimmed down for their wedding. Steal this week's weight-loss winner's top tips.
by The Knot

Kimi's Secrets to Getting in Wedding Shape:

1. Get Sleep

“I worked out at least five times a week. If I had time, I'd fit in a sixth session, but I found that by doing it consistently five times a week, my body was constantly changing and my stamina would increase session after session. A lot of people ask me how I was able to keep up with doing it that frequently, and my answer is sleep! People underestimate how important sleep is, but while I was pushing my body to the next level, I found it was important for me to get eight to nine hours of sleep every night. Sometimes that meant going to bed at 8 or 9 p.m., but it's worth it!"

2. Eat Whole Foods

“I tried to limit my intake of processed foods and eat five times a day. For snacks, I would make my own trail mix with raw almonds, pecans, raisins, banana chips and any other dried fruit or raw nuts that looked good to me. I would eat small snacks like the trail mix or a piece of fruit twice a day. I also used my best judgment when it came to fat intake, and as an alternate source of fat, I would drink whole milk and eat organic cheese."

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3. Overcome Your Plateau

“Before starting Bridalicious Boot Camp, I had plateaued. I would continue to cut calories and maintain my workout regime, but the pounds just wouldn't come off. I realized that I needed a change in my workout routine, and the Bridalicious Boot Camp workouts were exactly what I needed. It offered me a huge challenge that I hadn't faced before and pushed my body to a new level. Each week, I would reach a new milestone and surprise myself by being stronger and faster than before. By the time my wedding came around, I was in the best shape of my life and looked lean, muscular and toned in areas I hadn't been toned in since high school."

Doug Rice

We teamed up with certified personal trainer Doug Rice to design a fitness boot camp exclusively for brides! Doug has helped thousands of brides get the results they need to look and feel amazing on their wedding day. Learn more about Doug and the Bridalicious® Boot Camp by The Knot DVD at Follow Doug on Twitter (@bridalicious) and Facebook (

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