We all know the old tale. When you’re in a relationship, weight gain is common. Most couples get comfortable and in a routine, which can help the pounds creep on. But, do singles really have an easier time keeping weight off? Not if you’re out consuming high-calorie drinks you’re not. So for this upcoming Valentine’s Day- focus on the fun AND food.
Valentine’s Day has not only become a day of romance- but also sweets, large pants-busting dinners, drinking and partying.
Here’s your survival guide to a healthy V-Day (whether you are in a couple or not) without completely forgoing chocolate:
1.) Try something new: Instead of going out to a romantic dinner (which let’s face it -can be cliche) why not try a cooking class with your significant other? Not only will you be moving and not sitting the entire time- but you can eat as you go and have a great new staple dinner for any other night of the week!
2.) Keep romance alive: Many restaurants will have a “pre-fix” menu for Valentine’s Day. While these can be a nice sampling of specialties at a restaurant- it may be overkill for your diet. Have one person get the pre-fix and the other get an entree. Split the appetizer and dessert. You won’t be overstuffed- and hey- spooning chocolate molton cake into your honey’s mouth is the idea of romance!
1.) Make it a date-night: With all of your friends. Get a big group together and try a tapas-style night out. Sharing great food and great conversation is what love is all about!
2.) Keep the drinks low-cal: If you plan on doing a classic anti-Valentine’s Day event (as most singles do for this holiday) be sure to keep your liquid calories in check. Skip the fruity mixers and go for a champagne cocktail or tonic water with your liquor.
3.) Eat the office treats: Choose a day and a type of treat if your office has an abundance of chocolates and candy out. Let yourself have a few- and make sure it’s after lunch.
Enjoy your Valentine’s Day!
-written by Sandi Partyka, Certified Health Counselor, Fitness and Pilates Instructor