Everyone wants to look his or her best on Valentine’s Day. Many people look for fast ways to lose a little weight in the weeks leading up to the big day. Fad diets and strange supplements could have unpredictable results that do not last long. There are a few tips that anyone can use to lose a few pounds or to trim down love handles in a healthy way before Valentine’s Day arrives.
One of the most effective ways to lose weight before Valentine’s Day is to start counting calories and controlling portion sizes for each meal. Every person has an optimal number of calories that must be consumed each day in order to maintain current weight. Eating more than this amount causes weight gain. Eating fewer calories will result in weight loss when combined with exercise. It is best to try to reduce caloric intake each day to a reasonable level. No person should consume less than 1,200 calories every day since this could result in health problems. The calories eaten each day should be spread across several meals.
Exercise is essential for healthy weight loss. Exercise burns a certain amount of the calories that are eaten each day. An average individual will lose one to two pounds of weight for every 3,500 calories that are burned in a week. The best way to do this is to eat between 1,200 and 1,800 calories each day and then perform exercise to burn 500 of those calories. Exercise should include some aerobic activities that increase heart rate for an extended period of time. It is also important to remain active between exercise sessions in order to maintain non-exercise activity thermogenesis (NEAT). These are calories burned from normal activities like housework.
The types of foods that are eaten are just as important as the number of calories that are consumed. Each meal should contain a balance of different foods including vegetables, proteins, healthy fats and carbohydrates. The body requires the fiber from vegetables and fruits to metabolize nutrients properly. Simple carbohydrates should be avoided or reduced when dieting just before Valentine’s Day. Simple carbohydrates include most foods made with processed flours such as white bread and baked sweets. These carbohydrates trigger blood sugar spikes that can affect normal metabolism. They are also converted more easily into stored fat cells causing weight gain. Meals should always contain a balanced amount of foods. Developing healthy eating habits will help to keep the weight off long after Valentine’s Day.
The way that meals are eaten each day will make a difference when dieting. Meals should be eaten at a table during a formally defined time each day. This helps to regulate caloric intake. It also increases the perception of feeling full or satiated after eating. Habits to avoid include eating while watching television, snacking constantly while working and eating meals while walking or driving. It is best to eat three to four meals spaced out over the course of the entire day. This will reduce cravings between meals that could result in high-calorie snacking.
Water is an essential component in weight loss. Individuals who drink water while eating will consume less food and will still feel full when done. Water is also necessary to metabolize proteins and other substances in the body. Anyone who wants to lose weight and love handles before Valentine’s Day should replace sodas and other high-calorie beverages with water. Water is important during and after exercise in order to prevent dehydration. A good idea is to carry a bottle of water at all times when trying to lose weight fast.
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Matt writes on behalf of Havoc Store – a UK based retailer specialising in fitness gear and fight wear. When not sitting on his own in a corner he’s a big fan of martial arts, MMA, and pretty much any other kind of competitive sport.