Valentine’s Day: A Holiday for Weight Loss, Not Love Handles

Were you feeling dejected on Valentine’s Day? Didn’t expect the way it turned out and cursing yourself, that you couldn’t meet the weight loss targets you set for yourself earlier this year? Come out of it, the earlier the better! Who cares about Valentine’s Day? Be positive and think about the year ahead and good things to come on your way. Check our simple weight loss techniques which will help you achieve your weight loss targets, so you feel attractive and healthy throughout the year.

People do frantically search for ways to lose weight all of a sudden as February 14 is around the corner. Some take drastic measures only to give up soon after Valentine’s Day is over. But, by adopting certain healthy habits in your day to day life, losing weight is easy without stressing yourself when February month starts showing up.

Holiday for Weight Loss1. Breakfast Made with Love

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People neglect to understand the importance of eating a healthy breakfast in the morning. During a busy morning in the weekdays, it’s easy to let breakfast fall low in your priority list. Since people don’t feel hungry in the morning, they go for a cup of coffee and some snacks maybe. However, just taking a few minutes extra to have something to eat can really make a difference to your day and for your long term health. Breakfast provides the body and brain with fuel after an overnight fast. Both body and mind gets the nutrients they looking for, keeping the metabolism in line. Good metabolism means weight is in balance.

If you keep on skipping breakfast, your metabolism would slow down or get weaker, and that’s where the problem starts as your body likely to store fats, specially around your belly, when you are full with your lunch or dinner. Researches found those who eat breakfast are less likely to be overweight and more likely to be within their ideal weight range compared to breakfast skippers. For example, the British Dietetic Association (BDA) says it has shown that “people who eat breakfast have more balanced diets than those who skip it, are less likely to be overweight (and) lose weight more successfully if overweight.”

From now onward, try some of these delicious healthy foods like fruit and cheese, whole grain cereal, or a plain doughnut with milk, and there are many more combinations available. So, start your day with a healthy meal to reach your goal.

2. Soda is for Fools

Soda is unhealthyPeople think that they are drinking a soda, but what they are really ingesting is pure sugar. Overtime, your body starts to show signs of weight gain, tooth decay, gum disease, high cholesterol, depression, and anxiety. Wow! Those are a lot of health conditions; you better put down that soda and start drinking water.

At this point, you must be thinking why drink water when you can drink diet soda? Diet soda may have fewer calories, but it still contains no nutritional benefit and it certainly doesn’t promote weight loss. What it does promote is diarrhea, bloating, food cravings, and stomach aches for many people. After this gruesome picture, water is a safe choice.

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Water is not people’s first choice of drink because well, it’s bland and has no taste. You can add flavor to your water by squeezing some lemon juice into it. One fact that is well-known about water is that it will help you reach your weight loss goals. It will help flush away the toxins, and may even suppress hunger. When you feel hungry at odd times in the day, try having a glass of water instead. How much should you drink?

Most nutritionists say to drink at least 8 ounces of water each day, but it really depends on how much you weigh, how active you are, and what your food intake is. If you really hate the idea of water, then you can eat a lot of water-dense foods like fruits and vegetables. So, skip soda and save about 450 calories.

3. Television:  Calories in Disguise

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Most people prefer eating their meals while watching their favorite TV show. What people don’t realize is that watching TV makes you gain weight. How? You are consuming 300 extra calories while watching TV because your brain is distracted and doesn’t have time to calculate the food intake and doesn’t initiate the sense of being full.

4. Exercise At Home

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You don’t have to hit the gym to lose calories. You can walk around your house or in your bedroom, talk on the phone (or check your text messages) while standing up, walk around the neighborhood, while at work or outside you can take the stairs instead of the lift, and park your car far away from the grocery store so you can walk to it. With the right amount of exercise you will save about 334 calories.

5. Feel Happy Doing It

The above simple things will make you feel happy for the rest of the year because you will be losing 2 pounds every 2 weeks.

About Sohail // Editor of FitnessNCare 73 Articles
Sohail has been searching diets and belly fat solutions for over a decade, and manage a pool of trained authors to write articles, which have helped thousands of readers to this date. He has CPD accredited Certificate in Nutrition for Weight Loss besides his MBA degree. He also owns this website, which he founded in 2013 to share his ideas and knowledge. Not to mention he has tried numerous supplements over the years and has an extensive and thorough knowledge on supplements. Besides spending time on his study, research and literature, Sohail loves swimming, gardening and travelling.