Being in love makes your heart pitter patter, your eyes glow, and adds a spring to your step. It has long been reported that being in a long-term, loving relationship makes you healthier. However, a study by Jenny Craig now shows that being in a long-term relationship can make you fatter. Extra weight carries with it risks of heart disease, diabetes, and depression. You don’t have to sacrifice your health just because you are in a loving, committed relationship. Here are eight reasons why being in love makes you fat, along with helpful hints for enjoying your relationship without packing on extra pounds.
8. Couples Eat Differently
A single person may be satisfied grabbing a banana for breakfast, a light lunch on the fly, and the occasional bowl of cereal for dinner. Couples are more likely to plan for shared meals together, and those meals tend to be larger. Add in a glass or two of wine and dessert with dinner, and the extra calories can accumulate. While mealtimes are a great time for connecting, enjoy your time preparing healthy meals together. Share anecdotes from your day while chopping veggies for a delicious salad. Add a lean protein such as grilled chicken or fish and enjoy!
7. Couples Spend Time Together Differently
Dating behaviors often include shared activities such as hiking, walking, or even bowling. Once a happy couple settles in together, their activities tend to be more sedentary. A cozy night on the couch with a movie and a bowl of buttery popcorn may be romantic, but it doesn’t help the waistline. Being in a happy relationship doesn’t mean you should give up on getting out of the house. Enjoy your partner and take care of your body by going out for long walks in the park, exploring your city, or working out together at the local gym.