Once you settle down into a long-term relationship research has shown that both partners are likely to gain weight.
Perhaps it is due to simply becoming content with each other, or perhaps you simply become too busy with work and family commitments to look after yourself like you used to.
Whatever the reason if you are becoming overweight or even obese then you should start to think about making a few changes to your lifestyle.
There is simply too much research showing the increased risk of health problems associated with obesity for you to ignore.
Jessica Crandall, Denver-based RD, Certified Diabetes Educator, and National Spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics had this to say about relationship weight gain:
“The national average is about one pound of weight gain per year that people are gaining and not losing. That may not seem like a lot, but over time, that adds up. The extra weight can increase the risk for cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and added inflammation in the body.”
Here are some ideas that could help you avoid relationship weight gain, hopefully these tips will stop any further weight being gained, while also helping you lose a few pounds in the process.
#1: Eat in
No doubt when you are in a relationship you will go on ‘date nights’, but if these date nights involve a trip to a restaurant each time then this could be adding pounds to your waistline.
Most of the meals are full of added salt and sugar that will inevitably add unnecessary calories to your daily diet.
What I would suggest is to simply make your own meals at home. It can still be romantic if you are preparing it together.
The reason I suggest this is so that you can control your own portion size and will know exactly what ingredients have been put into your meal.
#2: Recognise and change your bad habits
We all have our vices, but when it comes to relationships we can sometimes take on the vices of our loved ones too, which can spell bad news for your waistline.
For example, your partner may love the order takeout once or twice a week, but if you value your own health then you may need to discuss this habit and perhaps opt for something a little healthier.
#3: Split your dishes
There are certain foods that we just cannot say no too, even though we know what effect it will have on your weight.
If you are in a relationship though you could perhaps use this to your advantage as you can still order the same foods, but if you split your dishes and therefore your portion size you can significantly cut your calorie intake.
#4: Order a glass, instead of a bottle
Chances are that if you order a glass of wine you will finish it, whether you want to or not.
Instead order a single glass and learn to savour it.
Alcohol contains calories too, so you need to be careful of what you are drinking as well as what you are eating.
#5: It’s not a competition
If your partner has a big appetite and can finish off a larger meal then you does not mean that you need to do the same.
We are all different, with different appetites and metabolic rates.
This means that once you feel full you don’t have to feel obliged to finish your entire meal, you are allowed to leave some.
#6: Work out together
This may work for some couples but not all, but if you find that you lack a training partner who can encourage and motivate you to workout then you may find that your significant other is the perfect candidate.
#7: Do something energetic
‘Date night’ does not have to involve sitting down for a meal, or a trip to the local cinema.
There are plenty of activities that you can do that can be fun and encourage you to burn off a few calories.
For example you could try laser tag or bowling, which can be incredibly fun as a couple or while on a double date.
#8: Get each other a Fitbit
This fitness tracker is perfect for anyone looking to become that little bit healthier, but once the two of you have your own you can have your own little ‘friendly’ competition.
#9: Agree to eat healthy
Before you go shopping make sure you speak to your partner and decide between you what you are going to eat over the coming week.
Try to stay as healthy as possible with your choices and try not to move away from this ready-prepared list when you reach the shop.
#10: Treat each other
When you have had a particularly healthy week and have both lost weight perhaps you could treat each other.
This can motivate you to have another good week, and another.
Just make sure that your treat is not food related. Perhaps give each other a nice massage instead.
#11: Put away the junk
It is easy to say not to buy any junk food, but if your partner has a particular favourite then this maybe easier said than done.
These treats can be tempting for you too, and giving in to them too often can derail your weight loss efforts.
I would suggest then that you store any treats out of sight. Like the old saying goes, “Out of sight, out of mind”.
The same can be said of any healthy treats too. If you display them prominently around your home you will be more inclined to reach for them.
#12: Be physical
Apart from diet, you also need to find ways to burn calories.
Of course exercise is a great way, but being intimate and physical with your partner is also a great way to burn off those excess calories.
Even kissing will burn calories, so make sure you are intimate as often as time allows.
Communication between couples is important for a healthy relationship, so if you are not happy with your body currently speak up.
If you are in a committed relationship then your partner will surely listen to your concerns and will hopefully be willing to make the sacrifices you both need for long-term health.