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How to Prevent Weight Gain When Dating 2010-03-18 11:05:19

Speak Up: Preventing Weight Gain When Dating

When you first start dating someone it's an exciting time where you're spending a lot of time together. The problem is, those times together include going out to eat, catching coffee and dessert, and sharing bottles of wine. You're also more likely to skip out on your regular workouts in exchange for hours of cuddling on the couch. All this can translate to numbers going up on the scale, so tell me, what are your tips on avoiding weight gain when dating?

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danakscully64 danakscully64 6 years
We share food, that's a big one. When I was single, I would always have to order my own meal when I went out and felt more inclined to eat a larger portion. The key is to portion out the food before you start eating. If you share from 1 large bowl or plate, you're less likely to monitor how much you're really taking in. I give my guy more than half, take the other portion, and that's it. For a while, we were going to the gym together also, that was nice. We like to save money, so we share for that reason too. If I want a blended coffee drink, about half of the time he'll drink some as well. It really is easy to gain weight when you're taken. I watch him eat a lot and I don't always feel satisfied with my portion.
Beaner Beaner 6 years
My honey and I met at a yoga class, so while dating, we made our Wednesday night class part of our date schedule. We'd practice next to each other, and then go to the health food store to get salads from the salad bar. Health and staying in shape was something that was important to us, so we also cooked together, went skiing, and went on hikes and bike rides.
mcjx3 mcjx3 6 years
me and my boyfriend go to the gym together and if we can't make it to the gym we always try to do something fun outside
sassymolassy sassymolassy 6 years
I've been dating my bf for a little over a year now. We've actually both lost a little weight...maybe 5 pounds (and 10 lbs for him). We're both very active, but we really love food, trying new recipes and restaurants. Ultimately, our love for exercise plays off each other so I think we just spend more time doing it. But also, we're spending time with each other rather than being on our own and maybe snacking a bit more than we need to. We are also both drinking less alcohol. Now just a few drinks a week, if any.
Spectra Spectra 6 years
When I was dating my husband, I didn't really gain weight because I kept active and pretty much ate the same way I had always been eating. Pretty much every restaurant or cafe you go to will have a somewhat healthy option that you can eat/drink. If you're going out for coffee, just get a plain black coffee with some skim milk in it instead of a sugar-filled coffee drink. If you're going to a restaurant, order some sort of grilled meat and a side salad or something. Oh, and when you want dessert, offer to share it. Every time I did that, I'd end up eating probably only about 25% of it because my husband would eat most of it!
filmgirl81 filmgirl81 6 years
I've actually lost weight since dating my boyfriend. We usually try to go for long walks or hikes before eating a big meal together, and I always eat half of my meal, while he eats the other half of mine. He's naturally thin, but also a marathon runner, so he can eat a lot. We're also both really into working out, and I've gone to the gym more frequently now that we're together. What also helps is cooking meals together as the relationship advanced. We try to cook healthy meals and watch our portions
SFCA SFCA 6 years
My boyfriend and I have started doing physical activities together. We like to go for runs in the park or long bike rides to the beach. We have a blast and not only do we get some exercise, we get to spend time with each other feeling totally accomplished. We also try to split the bad stuff. For example, we'll split a burrito and each have our own salad. Same thing with pizza.
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