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Tips on Avoiding Weight Gain While Dating

How to Avoid Gaining Weight While Dating

Being in a relationship is so exciting that spending so much time together can cause your healthy lifestyle to fly out the window. You may even adopt some of your partner's unhealthy habits. That can add up to some extra pounds on the scale, so here are some tips to prevent weight gain while dating.

  • Remember that eating an extra 500 calories a day will make you gain a pound in one week, so be conscious of how much you're eating. Just because your guy has three slices of pizza, that doesn't mean you should too. Guys need more calories, so remember to eat appropriate sized portions, even when dining together.
  • You don't have to eat just because your partner is. Guys tend to inhale their meal, and then an hour later they're eating again. It can be tempting to join in if food is in front of you, but don't nosh unless you're truly hungry.
  • Keep up with your regular exercise schedule. When you're in a relationship, you don't want to sacrifice the things that are important to your own well-being, so make time for your 20 to 60 minutes of exercise a day. Get up early before work or steal away during lunchtime so you don't feel like it's taking away from time spent with your loved one.
  • Or better yet, exercise together. Meet at the gym after work, play tennis or racquetball, take salsa dance lessons or a Vinyasa yoga class, or join a dodgeball team.
  • Spend more time being active together instead of sitting on the couch. You don't have to be really athletic, but you can tour a museum, take a walk in the park, hike in the woods, or go for a bike ride.
  • Sign up for a healthy cooking class together so you can both learn new ways to make delicious dishes that are full of nutrients but not full of saturated fat, cholesterol, and empty calories.
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mod16 mod16 8 years
nice tips! i actually did find myself adopting my bf's unhealthy habits
pink-pirate pink-pirate 8 years
My biggest issue with my boyfriend is that he has no self-control when it comes to portions. I can cook myself a huge creamy pasta dish, but I eat reasonable portions so it lasts me for a few days. If I cook at my boyfriend's house - regardless of the quantity - he will consume all of it and nothing will be leftover. This is excluding what he will swipe off my plate if I don't eat quickly enough. So I end up cooking HUGE quantities of food and eating fast (which I don't do on my own at all), then realizing that I've overeaten and am stuffed. I imagine women posting that they've never gained weight in a relationship didn't live together (or practially live together). I've spent more time with my current BF than any other - and that's why I've gained weight with him. It has nothing to do with my exercise plan or general view of healthy eating - he just forces me to change my eating habits when we are together.
lindssaurussss lindssaurussss 8 years
yeah 6-7months with mine and i gained 10lbs. didnt even notice until 3lbs ago. what happened? i'll tell you! 6'5 skinny boyfriend who can eat whatever he wants. today he had 2 ft long subways i had 1 /2. while im lost between what is the right thing to eat and what isnt. dating you can forget what is you can and cant eat. stupid men!
almostloli almostloli 8 years
it's unfair how guys body is formed mostly by muscles so they burn more, they can enjoy more food without worrying about the scale! and my oh my i agree with ilanac13, it's so funny, it happens a lot here too, some of my girlfriends gain weight after they got boyfriends haha
booglass booglass 8 years
Dating?!?!? HA! Try the weight gain that comes with marriage.
insanitypepper insanitypepper 8 years
But I want that third slice of pizza. I want it bad.
Spectra Spectra 8 years
I never gained weight because of a man. I'm really self-motivated and I tend to stick with my diet/workout routine no matter what. I actually lost weight when I started dating my husband because he ate all the food! We'd go out to dinner and he'd finish my entree; we'd cook together and he'd eat most of it. Even now that I'm married and supposedly could "let myself go" a little, I don't have the desire to give up my fit lifestyle and healthy diet. Hey, I kind of LIKE looking good for my man!
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
Great tips but I never really let other people's eating habits effect mine so much.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
it's funny - we all really try out best to lose weight to get a man and then once we get the man, we're always going out to eat and just get 'comfortable' i remember when i was in college and we ate out all the time and my man was 6'5" so he ate ALL the time and a lot and i ended up doing the same. i gained weight and hated myself - so now i'm much more aware of these things. i know that i've gained weight since being with my fiance, but i'm really mindful of what i eat and i work out a lot to counter balance it .
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 8 years
I guess I've been fortunate. I've never gained weight from a relationship. Perhaps my exercise and eating habits are too rigid, and they never conformed to my significant other. :) Besides, I've gotten positive feedback from boyfriends (and these days, my husband) about my healthy habits (and its results, i.e. my figure) that it has encouraged me to keep it up. Like I said, I guess I've been lucky in that way.
Jeny Jeny 8 years
I cook VERY healthy for us for dinner when we hang out.. usually a chicken dish with veggies seasoned with Nusalt (salt substitute with NO sodium), pepper and lots of ms. dash (which also has no sodium). We eat very healthy when we go out and he's in the gym everyday, as am I. We have very different schedules (he's a doc in oncology and I work a 9-5er).. So he works out between 3-5 and I try to my best to get there sometime between that time just to see him for a minute.. definitely gets my butt to the gym! lol
miss-malone miss-malone 8 years
Good tips..
BeautyQueen20 BeautyQueen20 8 years
Ugh, that's totally a problem for me. Who wants to get boring grilled chicken with steamed vegetables, again, when he is getting fun food?! We do walk together every night but joining a team is a great idea!
rc4480 rc4480 8 years
i have yet to date a guy that's as health-conscious as i am (but, in their defense, i go to the gym every morning at 7am, and eat incredibly healthy foods). my problem is that i get derailed - instead of having quinoa, veggies and chicken breast for dinner, we go to thai food, or he wants pizza :(
shaunarae shaunarae 8 years
I got really lucky. My boyfriend is a fit freak! (In a good way.) He's always running in half marathons and eating healthy. He's actually encouraged me to do the same (or at least train and attempt to). I've never been in better shape. So, I guess it goes both ways.
aey4l aey4l 8 years
I met someone in January, about a month into my intense attempt at weight loss. At first I struggled to keep up with it, but now we've joined a gym together and do that at least three times a week, he encourages me to go to the gym in the morning before work, we started eating healthier (we are now both very calorie conscious, quit drinking, in fact we haven't ever drank since we've been dating, and we didn't eat out in February), and now we both have a goal during March to lose weight. I honestly don't think I'd be doing as good as I am now without him.
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