Monday, 11 November 2013

Ten Ways a Happy Relationship Will Make You FAT

Being in a happy relationship is just the best feeling in the world. HOWEVER, I guarantee if you are lucky enough to be with someone you love then you have put on a few pounds since getting together.

Yes I'm afraid it's true, being in love can make you fat.

Here are ten traps to watch out for:

Eating out more:

When you get into a relationship you end up eating out more in bars and restaurants and what you do eat is usually higher in calories than what you would normally go for as you both egg each other on. If you want to cut down on your calorie consumption then why not stay in a bit more and cook for each other and for dessert you can work off the calories in the bedroom.

Girls will eat the same size portions as their man:

I got caught up in this trap as it's very easy to do. When you cook for your man you end up, more often than not, eating the same size of portions as him. This is a sure fire way to put the pounds on. Ladies you have to look after your waistline and cut down on the man-sized portions no matter how tempting they may be.

Lack of exercise:

When you are single you have more time for the gym or you have more time in the morning to go for a run but when you are part of a double act then this time can get smaller. It's easy to skip exercise time and instead spend more time cuddling up in bed but  remember it's important not to fall out of your routine just because you have a partner. If you do reduce your exercise time then when you do work out make sure it's high intensity or even better try and exercise together.

You eat more ice-cream and treats:

When you are snuggled up on the couch or at the cinema then it's easy to grab a tub of ice cream or a pick n mix and stuff your faces. Let's face it eating is really good fun and when you share it with someone you love then it's even better. You probably eat more desserts when you go out for a meal too or you share one. It's good to treat yourself now and again but if you are doing it every night then you have to have a look at yourself.

You drink more:

When you are enjoying each others company it's easy to grab a wee bottle of wine to pass the time with. It's great getting tipsy and laughing together but just remember wine and beer are pretty calorific and they are a sure-fire way of watching your waistline expand. If you want to drink with each other then do it at the weekends and if you want to reduce your calories then try spirits instead. Also when you are drunk you are more likely to eat fatty foods and takeaways.

Emotional eating:

When we are happy we eat, when we are sad we eat. It's a vicious circle.If you are in a happy relationship you will have no doubt fallen into a few traps like the ones above but also if you are going through a rocky patch in your love life you will probably reach for the biscuit tin. You will get five seconds of satisfaction then you will feel bad again, it's just not worth it. Don't eat- talk to people instead if you are feeling down or go for a walk.

High-calorie dates:

If you are in the middle of a dating scene where you are seeing a few people to get to your mr or mrs right then you will be eating out loads which will play havoc with you belly. If you want to date and not pile on the pounds then why not suggest nights out that don't revolve around eating and drinking. Go ice skating, to the cinema, out for a walk or go to a gig instead.

Romantic gestures and edible gifts:

Cooking for each other, buying each other chocolates or grabbing 5pm or Groupon deals in town are a great way of spoiling each other but these treats can also spoil your waistlines. There are ways of saying 'I love you' other than food. Try flowers, lingerie or send love notes or emails to each other instead.

You pick up each others bad habits:

If you partner loves to each crisps and chocolate after dinner then you will probably fall into the same trap. If they like a midnight munch of ice cream then you will probably do the same. When you love someone you often start mirroring their same habits and eating is one of them. Don't pick them up for their bad habits, instead try and introduce healthier snacks such as a bowl of popcorn instead of a 1KG bar of chocolate for a night in front of the telly.

You are in the comfort zone:

When you are happy you can often forget about looking your best. You are in the comfort zone where you think you don't really need to try anymore because you have caught the catch of your dreams so you eat what you want when you want. Your partner will hopefully love you whatever size you are but it's important to remember what you looked like when you first got together. Staying healthy and keeping your weight in check is one of the best ways of maintaining a good relationship.