Isn’t love just great? All those romantic meals, cooking for each other, drinking in nice country pubs, going to the cinema…..but wait…………could it also bump up that number on the scale? I met a friend last week I hadn’t seen for a while (clearly she’s been too busy loved up!) who told me she was loving Fitlass’s blog and trying to lose weight but was concerned that her boyfriend was making her fat! She said she’d put on almost a stone since moving in with her fella and I don’t think she’s the only woman – or indeed man – who has fallen foul of the “love lard.”
I’ve looked into this and according to boffins who studied co-habiting or married couples, women seem to be the worst culprits and gorging more junk food. That’s not to say you men don’t overeat when in a relationship but this does seem to be more of a problem with the us ladies. So why do we pork out when we pair up? One of the reasons is that we get into a ‘comfort’ zone and there’s food in the house that wouldn’t be there if we lived alone. So how do we keep the weight at bay?
Problems and how to tackle them
Problem: When you’re eating together it’s really easy to increase your portion sizes in an attempt to match your partners.
Solution: Downsize your dinner plate to a sightly smaller salad plate. That way your plate is still full and you send mental signals to your brain that you will not be starved.
Food centered love
Problem: Your time together often revolves around eating – whether it’s a lavish dinner out or a few pints and a bag of fish and chips on the way home from the pub. Yes I know you have to eat but the danger is when you make eating your main source of fun.
Solution: Concentrate on meal creation rather than consumption. Not only will you be spending more time together, you can cook healthier foods as a couple and encourage better eating habits
Problem: Late night snacking. You know the scenario, you’re both watching a film and you had your dinner a few hours ago and one of you wants to snack. This encourages both of you to snack.
Solution: Call it a night. Turning in an hour earlier could help stave off the pounds. Research shows that sleeping may increase production of leptin, a hunger suppressing hormone. People who sleep 6 to 7 hours a night are on average 11 pounds plumper than those who get 7 to 8 hours of shut eye.
a bit of loving in the bedroom could also help shed some of those calories! You’re thinking “trust Fitlass to think of that” but my motto always has been that keeping fit and healthy is fun!!