The Valentine’s Day Diet Disaster

How to NOT Gain Weight on Valentine’s Day

chocolate_strawberryWith Valentine’s Day coming up just around the corner I wanted to spare everyone from gaining the extra pounds of fat the usually come with it.  If you’re in a relationship it’s time to celebrate it, but that doesn’t mean you have to lose all your hard work too.  There are a few simple things you can do that will drastically improve your chances of NOT gaining 5 pounds of fat.

Valentine’s Day is another holiday that is surrounded by food and treats.  There are usually an abundance of high calorie meals and sugary treats.  The extra cakes and candy can spell diet disaster. On top of this, Valentine’s Day like all holidays can become stressful and raise the cortisol levels in women making them more likely to overindulge.

 Don’t forget that Valentine’s Day comes in February which is smack dead in the middle of winter.  The cold weather and less daylight already makes us instinctively hungrier for carbs and other high calorie foods.  (SAD or seasonal affective disorder.)

 TOP 5 TIPS TO AVOID THE VALENTINE’S DAY WEIGHT GAIN

 Don’t get me wrong, you should definitely be looking forward to and enjoying your Day of Love with your (insert nickname here).  But with a few tips you can significantly reduce the amount of weight you can easily gain on a single holiday. 

 TIP #1  GET YOUR WORKOUT IN EARLY

Do everything you can to stay on your workout plan on Valentine’s Day.  It’s easy to want to be a little lethargic and lay around.  Exercising will get your metabolism pumped up and you’ll feel a little guiltier when you head for that chocolate cake.  If it’s hard to force your butt into the gym, try taking a fitness class to have someone else give you the motivation.

 TIP #2  DRINK WATER, LOTS OF WATER! 

When you’re feeling that sugar fix on Valentine’s Day be sure to drink a full glass of cold water 5 minutes before you eat something sugary.  The water will make you feel that sugar craving a little less.  Drinking cold water early and throughout the day will keep your metabolism moving.

 TIP #3  PLAN YOUR TREATS

Everybody deserves a little treat now and again, especially on Valentine’s Day.  Instead of pounding away a full box of chocolates or a bag of candy decide early how much you’ll allow yourself to eat.  Setting limits will help you regulate your intake and keep you from scarfing down those treats.

 TIP #4  WALK FOR EVERYTHING

Do your best to walk everywhere instead of taking the easier way out by driving.  Park a little farther away or walk to the store, trust me every little bit is going to help on Valentine’s Day.  After you finish dinner, go for a walk to burn off some of those extra calories you just packed in.

 TIP #5  NO EMOTIONAL EATING

Let’s face it not all of us are going to have a Valentine this holiday.  It’s easy to get a little depressed about this and to start eating food to help ease the emotional pain.  When you’re feeling the craving for comfort foods instead try chewing on some gum, drinking hot tea or some other low calorie beverage.  You’re going to be way better off having a drink that’s a few hundred calories than hoarking down 1,000 calories in chocolate candy.

 OOPS!  YOU SAID SCREW IT & GAINED 5 POUNDS, NOW WHAT?

First, don’t beat yourself up too much it can happen to the best of us.  Step one is to get rid of all those tempting left over treats and get back into eating right and working out.  Try to lose the extra weight the right way with a couple pounds a week, which means no extreme grapefruit fasting diet.  Lack motivation? Get a workout buddy to help hold you accountable until you get back on track.