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Two weeks to a Valentine's Day Body

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Valentine's Day is just two weeks away. The good news is, there is still time to shape up and impress your significant other. This plan won't turn you into a model, but it can make you look better in your dress or suit, or under it.

The changes listed here will require some sacrifice. The good news is, if you can make through these two weeks, it won't be difficult to make the healthy changes permanent.

-Eliminate pop and juice from your diet. This will cut out unnecessary calories. Eliminating carbonation will reduce bloating. Eating a piece of fruit will give you a fuller feeling, helping you eat less later in the day.

-Eliminate white bread, regular pasta, white rice, and anything else white. Replace these foods with whole grain bread and pasta, brown rice, quinoa, barley or extra veggies. Spaghetti squash is a great alternative to pasta.

-Eliminate sausage, bacon, most red meat and full fat cheese. These are high fat foods with high amounts of saturated fats. Eat more chicken, turkey, fish and low/non-fat dairy. This is temporary for a quick lean out. Include salmon, nuts and avocados to incorporate for healthy fats.

-Have protein at every meal. Protein will slow digestion so you feel full for a longer period of time.

-Eat a bigger breakfast and lunch, and smaller dinner. This allows your body to use the calories you eat, and prevents your body from storing calories at the end of the day.

-Eat veggies and lean meats first at mealtime. This will help you eat fewer carbohydrates. In turn, your body will burn more fat.

-Reduce your sodium intake. Sodium makes you retain water. Water retention adds weight, and makes you look soft and puffy.

-Workout prior to eating one of your three main meals. Your body will be able use the calories you eat for recovery.

-Exercise every day, even if it’s just walking. Exercise intensely at least three days a week. You should sweat and have at least some difficulty breathing. Push yourself, using your deadline as motivation for a few more reps or five more minutes of cardio.



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