Sweet Valentine’s Day Tips

Photo Credit: John Hritz CC-BY-2.0 2005

Are you planning a romantic Valentine’s Day complete with flowers, chocolates, champagne and a romantic dinner? You probably don’t want to think about your diet and weight loss on Valentine’s Day. It’s easy to forget about your diet and fitness when enjoying romance, dining and wine. Avoid regrets and weight gain by planning ahead for your romantic evening. 
Begin the day with a fiber-rich breakfast of whole grains and low-fat dairy. Eat healthy snacks throughout the day to avoid over-indulging at dinner. Snack on fresh fruit, yogurt and whole grain crackers. Drink plenty of water during the day and have an extra glass of water before dinner. Snacking on healthy foods throughout the day will keep you from becoming hungry and boost your metabolism. You can control the menu and calories if you have a romantic dinner at home. If you are dining out for Valentine’s Day,  become familiar with the restaurant menu. Skip the salad dressing or choose a low-calorie dressing. Select lean cuts of meat and steamed or grilled vegetables. Those yeast rolls may be delicious, but they are loaded with calories and fat. Choose whole grain bread or skip the rolls. Avoid the butter and salt on the baked potato. Drink alcohol in moderation. Choose a dessert that is low in sugar and calories, such as a fruit sorbet or fresh fruit. Enjoy a romantic stroll together after dinner to burn a few calories and enjoy each other’s company. Dancing after dinner is a great way to work off those dessert calories. 
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About Robin R.
I’m an AFPA certified personal trainer & nutrition consultant, NASM certified corrective exercise specialist, NASM certified youth exercise specialist, online fitness coach and freelance writer specializing in health and fitness. I hold a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the University of San Francisco and a Master of Science in natural health. I specialize in weight loss, functional strength training, total body toning, aerobic conditioning, plyometric training, nutrition planning, and home-based boot camp style workouts for women. My goal is to make every personal training session fun and effective for my clients. My services include both in-home personal training and online fitness coaching.

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