When a woman is in a relationship, she almost always gains weight. You and your man spend more time together and less time at the gym – eating out more, and sharing bottles of wine and dessert. And if your guy is eating more and more often, you can end up munching when you’re not even hungry. Before you know it, you’re taking in 500 extra calories a day and gaining one pound a week!
Following are some ways your significant other is unknowingly undermining your diet, and how you can balance that tipping scale from blackdoctor.org:
You Constantly Eat Out
When you’re single, you tend to prepare healthy foods at home. But once you’re in a relationship, it’s decadent dinner dates followed by caloric brunches. That’s bad news for your waistline: A recent analysis of 24 national chains revealed that the average entree at a sit-down restaurant contains 867 calories. And that doesn’t include apps, sides, and dessert.
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The fix: Eat in. Instead, cook together. It can be intimate and food is very sensual, especially when you take turns tasting it. Plus, of course, you can control the fat and calories by using healthy recipes and ingredients that are low in fat. When you do dine out, eat a healthy snack that contains protein and fiber a few hours before your meal. Nonfat yogurt and a piece of fruit or a small bowl of cereal with low fat milk are smart choices.
Or on the couch. Or anywhere but the gym. Research shows that couples who live together for two or more years are less likely to be physically active, and the women are more likely to become obese. Relationships can be great and positive, but they can also affect your normal routine – You schedule more couple’s activities and have less time to yourself.
The fix: Get him involved. Women who exercise with a partner tend to lose more weight than those who sweat solo. Doing it together, makes it more likely for you to stick with it. So sign up together for a 5-K, go for a bike ride instead of watching a movie, or join the same gym. When you don’t feel like going, he’ll drag you there, and you’ll do the same for him.
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