Does crazy in love = crazy weight gain?
When we are in love we do crazy things – like finish off a large pizza, french fries, and lava molten cake with our love. Studies show more than 50% of couples in comfortable relationships put on weight. What starts out as throwing caution to the wind and eating anything and everything while falling in love can become a pattern that is hard to break once you’ve become a couple. Let’s consider why this occurs + how to keep it from happening ↓
3 REASONS YOU’RE GAINING RELATIONSHIP WEIGHT
① You’ve Lost Motivation
You feel secure in your relationship, so motivation to look your best wanes. Your partner loves you inside and out so appearance is not as important. Resist the temptation to live in your comfy sweats which can hide those extra pounds, and continue to make that "single-person" effort. Maintaining your weight and physical appearance is a simple way to make you feel good and much easier than the extra effort you’ll have to put forth to undo the damage.
② You’ve Skipped Too Many Workouts
With a busy schedule, you may have sacrificed your exercise routine to spend more time with your partner. Now it’s difficult to get back into your workout regime. Be intentional about getting a workout scheduled in. Write it in on your planner and refuse to change it. If you get your partner onboard, go to the gym together. Take a walk after dinner; you’ll be exercising and spending time together.
③ You’ve Eased Into Unhealthy Eating Habits
It’s easy to slip into your partner’s unhealthy eating habits during the early stage of the relationship. As time goes on, you may find you’re craving more salt and sugar from "junk" food and losing sight of your former healthy choices. Don’t give up healthy eating intentions due to this relationship. Share with your other half your desire to eat healthy and why it’s important to you. You might be surprised to find your partner eventually joins you on the healthy side. Eat healthy together while also finding time to enjoy sweet treats or savory foods in moderation. You might also find that a lot of healthy recipes can be nutritious and delicious too.
Don’t let being in a comfortable relationship override your desire to be fit and healthy.
Beware of these pitfalls and get back to the routine you had before as quickly as possible. Ideally, working with your partner to create a healthy lifestyle together would be best.
If you’re struggling to find the right balance to reach your goals, you may want to reach out for support. I help couples to define their goals and create a healthy routine to help them feel their absolute best.
For more information, schedule an initial couple’s health consult with me.
Jennifer Castro is the owner of JAC Wellness Solutions. She is a Health Educator, Nutritionist, and Patient Advocate specializing in Women's Health & Vestibular Disorders. When she was diagnosed with an inner ear imbalance called Meniere's Disease, she knew she had no choice but to step up her game and become a detective for her own health. Coach Jenny is studying to become a Board Certified Health and Wellness Coach while creating course content for health coaches and educators. She created an educational program for preschool teachers called Jump & Roll Fitness. The program provides lesson plans on how to create healthy habits for preschoolers. She also works as an Insurance Broker providing insurance solutions for small businesses, wellness, and medical practitioners. This blog is ALL about health, well-being, nutrition, lifestyle and kitchen hacks. She also tells stories of her own personal health journey. Coach Jenny loves to garden, spend time with her hubby, and loves to bake new recipes. She likes to put her own "healthy" spin on her and her hubby's favorite sweet treats.
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