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How to Prevent Weight Gain When Dating

Your Tips on Avoiding Weight Gain When Dating

Ah . . . Spring fever and falling in love. The early stages of dating are no doubt an exciting time, but all the meals out, the shared bottles of wine, the unexpected treats, and the missed workouts can affect the number on the scale. I asked you all recently to share your tips on preventing weight gain when dating, and here are some highlights.

  • SFCA says "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."
  • Anonymous reader Kimberly H says, "Racquetball, tennis, and bicycling are all things that I've found are better done in pairs."
  • "We usually try to go for long walks or hikes before eating a big meal together, and I always eat half of my meal. 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 " — filmgirl81

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  • Spectra says, "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 percent of it because my husband would eat most of it!"
  • "I've been dating my bf for a little over a year now. We've actually both lost a little weight. 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." — sassymolassy
  • "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." — mcjx3
  • Beaner says, "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."
  • "We share food, that's a big one. The key is to portion out the food before you start eating. If you share from one 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." — danakscully64
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