Valentine’s day is just a few days away. Make it a goal to lose a few pounds before Valentine’s Day to look your best and establish healthy habits that will really help you tip the scale in the right direction. Here’s how:
Start Exercising: You don’t have to try and run a marathon this week. But you can start exercising. You should get at least 30 to 60 minutes of moderate physical activity a day, based on standards set by the American College of Sports Medicine.
Brisk walking, jogging, swimming, cycling, or dancing will help boost your metabolism, burn more calories, and help you reduce body fat. Make it a habit, and you’ll be on your way to shedding some serious pounds. Your partner will notice your hard work and the positive changes in your body.
Drink More Water: One of the biggest barriers to weight loss for people is the amount of soda they consume. Forget about refilling your 64-ounce mug. And drink more water. It contains zero calories and helps improve digestion, regulate metabolism, improve brain function, and hydrates your skin and body. Cutting out soda will eliminate a ton of empty calories in your diet, and help you lose weight. It’s another simple thing you can do to get you headed in the right direction, look your best, and rekindle the romance with your partner.
Get More Sleep: Most people don’t get enough sleep. Late-night TV, household chores, family responsibilities, stress, and the urge to keep playing video games can hinder your sleep habits. But if you don’t get the 7 to 8 hours of sleep per night recommended by the National Sleep Foundation, you’re at risk for high blood pressure, weight gain and early death.
Eat Healthy Foods: Forget about the case of heart-shaped chocolates or decadent desserts that a lot of people eat for Valentine’s Day. Candy, desserts, pastries and soft drinks are loaded with empty calories and other ingredients that cause weight gain and other health problems. If you can cut just 500 calories a day out of your diet by eating healthier, you’ll lose about a pound of fat in a week. So take a closer look at your diet and make a plan to eat more fruits and vegetables, nuts and seeds, whole grains, lean meats, and low-fat dairy products. Adjusting your diet will help you lose weight, and you and your partner can even do it together by preparing healthy meals at home.
Put these habits into place now, and you’ll make some progress before Valentine’s Day arrives that your partner will notice and appreciate. You’ll look better, feel better, and be more attractive to your partner.