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How to Avoid Weight Gain in Relationships

Ways Your Boyfriend Is Helping You Pack On the Pounds

Are you finding yourself unbuttoning the top button of your pants around your boyfriend and the reason is not that you're about to get busy? Truth is, relationships can lead to weight gain. If your man likes to eat, drink, cook, or lounge about, spending time with him can affect your eating and exercise habits. Here are six health pitfalls you might experience in your relationship.

  1. He brings you sweet treats and takes you to new restaurants: If your honey is a food lover, he'll probably love sharing edibles with you. You can and should enjoy yourself, but be sure not to go overboard. Split desserts, and when he's excited to share bites with you, enjoy a spoonful or two without inhaling the entire plate.
  2. He's into wine and cocktails: Many dinners together involve cracking open a bottle of wine or ordering cocktails. It's fun to let loose every once in a while, but if you make it a habit, it's not only bad for your health to enjoy more than one drink a day, it's also adding unnecessary calories to you diet. Enjoy a glass of wine instead of splitting an entire bottle, and when it comes to cocktails, sip low-calorie wine spritzers or a gin and tonic.
  3. His idea of cooking is ordering takeout: He may think a healthy meal consists of veggies on a pizza, but if you're constantly eating fast food or takeout, you're probably downing foods that are major calorie-, fat-, and sodium-bombs. If he's not a chef by any means, spend time cooking together so you can show him some tips.
  4. He eats all the time: When you see someone eating, it makes you want to eat. too. Guys tend to eat more than girls, so be sure not to try and match his appetite. If he's munching away on an entire bag of chips, and you feel the urge to nosh too, grab a healthy snack like carrot sticks, an apple, or some air-popped popcorn.
  5. He's not big into exercising: If your man thinks he gets enough exercise walking to go get the mail, then it's going to be tough for you to motivate for an early morning run. If you can inspire him to hit the gym with you, you'll have an instant workout buddy. If he's not into it, be sure to carve out times each week that you devote to sweating it out — just because he's not exercising doesn't mean you don't have to.
  6. He loves to snuggle on the couch: Spending too much time lying on the sofa in front of the tube can turn you both into lazy couch potatoes. A couple nights a week is fine, but don't make it an every-night kind of thing. Spend your time together going for walks, bike rides, hikes, yoga classes, or out dancing.
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Berzerker Berzerker 5 years
My boyfriend is Shamar Moore...In my head. I see him every weeknight on Criminal Minds from 10pm to 11pm and it's too late to eat by then. Oh wait, too much TV makes you fat. Aw hell.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 5 years
Thank God, my husband is not this way. If he was, I think it would have been a deal breaker for me. Nothing comes between me and my healthy habits. I think I'm rubbing off on him. He's healthier and leaner for having me in his life, as I look after him.
benheld benheld 5 years
3-6 are all my girlfriend. Some of our biggest squabbles are that she always wants take-out, while I'd rather just eat something healthier at home. I gained a ton of weight when we first started dating, but made some major modifications once I realized what was happening. #1-2 are probably both of us--I love checking out new restaurants and cuisines, and we both like the vino. :)
KadBunny KadBunny 5 years
7. You don't have sex as much so you binge eat haha, so me right now. :P But yes that list sounds too familiar!
MissSushi MissSushi 5 years
ugh yessss.... so my husband. We had to do some shopping today in a little area that has several stores fairly close together, so i parked at one and put the baby in the sleepy wrap. It was a breezy 70 degrees, and I was looking forward to the stroll, but he's like "you want to WALK??!!?" in a tone like id suggested we trek through the Sahara. uh yeah.. jeez.
Spectra Spectra 5 years
#4 and #5 are definitely my husband. His idea of exercising is walking around the block once. And he can EAT. He'll come home and eat an entire bowl of guacamole and chips, take an hour nap, wake up and eat a steak and baked potato, play around on the internet and drink 5-6 beers and eat half a box of mozzarella sticks and half a bag of pepperoni slices. It's a wonder he isn't morbidly obese...he's gained a few pounds since we got married, but not a ton. I personally don't let his choices affect mine...I work out and eat a pretty healthy diet and haven't gained anything since we got engaged.
Veronix Veronix 5 years
Oh this is so true. That's my boyfriend! When he's the one preparing dinner, I know I have to push my daily workout a little bit harder ;) But still, I am actually losing weight, so I can say no to his delicious food... well, most of the time anyway! ;)
Zulkey Zulkey 5 years
I'm trying to find the happy medium--my husband has told me he's happy if I have a few extra pounds on if that means I'm around to indulge a bit more with him, which is fair since I don't think I'm very fun when I'm being super-anal but I also don't think I'm very fun when I'm down on my physique.
kimmieb124 kimmieb124 5 years
5-6 are my hubby. I still exercise and I did when we were dating, too, but it's actually always been a point of contention in our relationship because he feels like exercise is too important to me. I'm not at all obsessive about exercise, but it bothers him that I have it in my schedule 5 days a week. I remember when we were dating, he planned a romantic weekend getaway in the mountains for us to go hiking. I wanted to go on all the challenging trails and he wanted to go on the "trails" where people were pushing strollers! It's still a joke between us, but I would love it if he would be more active.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 5 years
4-6 are definitely my BF, but I haven't let it get to me. He, on the other hand, has gained some belly since we've been together.
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