12 Weight Loss Tips to Follow After Marriage
You can gain a lot from a marriage – ongoing support, responsibilities, financial stability, a growing family and, unfortunately for many, weight. So how do you ensure after marriage weight loss and prevent gain? Make a vow to these 12 tips!
You can gain a lot from a marriage – ongoing support, responsibilities, financial stability, a growing family and, unfortunately for many, weight. A OnePoll study, conducted on the behalf of Jenny Craig, found newlyweds gain an average of 17 pounds during the first year of marriage.
The reasons for weight gain after marriage are multifaceted. The OnePoll study also evaluated the top reasons of weight gain in relationships and marriage, which include eating out more, loving to try new foods and restaurants together, adopting a less active lifestyle, starting a family, losing motivation to maintain physique, lacking sleep, and stressing at work.
So how do you ensure after marriage weight loss and prevent gain? Make a vow to these 12 tips in sickness fitness and in health!
12 Tips for Post-Marriage Weight Loss
1. Vacate from the Honeymoon
So you lost the weight you wanted for the wedding only to completely indulge during the honeymoon and when arriving back at home. While it is certainly okay to enjoy life's special moments, it is important to not sustain such practices on a regular basis.
So hop off the honeymoon train and get back to a regular routine, including that workout regimen you built leading up to your big day. The more times you implement healthy practices, the more naturally they will become apart of your daily routine and lifestyle.
2. Vow to Eat Wholesome Foods
While you made the biggest vow on your big day, continue making a commitment to your diet and post-marriage weight loss efforts. Vow to consume wholesome foods that nourish the body, rather than continuously falling victim to highly processed, innutritious products.
Placing priority on quality foods naturally supports weight loss, especially when balancing whole grains, lean and plant-based proteins, fruits and veggies, and healthy fat sources in your daily diet.
3. Take A Day to Meal Prep
So now it is known what types of food to eat, how can you ensure their intake amidst a busy schedule? That's what 30 percent of respondents struggled with implementing, as eating takeout related to insufficient time to cook was one of the most common reasons for weight gain after marriage.
However, making meal prep apart of your weekly routine can bridge the gap. Start by brainstorming meals and snacks for the week, creating a grocery list, and heading to the store with one another. Once the groceries are unloaded, divide and conquer the meal prep. Also divvy up the portions for dinners and lunches to take to work.
4. Watch Portions
Overall, men have larger appetites than women. This can eventually have a lasting impression on women, especially as they tend to mirror portions of their husbands. While women can still enjoy the same dinner prepared, be sure to watch portion sizes. Likewise, men should watch portion intake to lower the risk of weight gain.
5. Dine Out Sensibly
In the OnePoll study, the number one reason of the "love weight" phenomenon is due chiefly to the uptick in dining out when starting a new relationship, which was cited by 41 percent of participants. However, you can still try new foods and restaurants together by dining out sensibly.
To illustrate, rather than each getting a large entrée, split one and try a new appetizer. And instead of always adding dessert to meals, make that new ice cream place a special treat after enjoying a nutritious meal at home.
6. Communicate Goals
Communication is a foundation of any sort of relationship, so be willing to communicate openly with your goals. Being upfront only helps you stick to commitments, but eliminates any misunderstandings and the risks of arguments later down the right.
7. Always Offer Support
Support is one of the most influencing factors when reaching any sort of goal, weight loss included. In fact, supportive partnerships can help keep weight down according to a study in Health Psychology. More specifically, the study shows a supportive marital relationship is associated with healthier body weight in midlife.
8. Never Criticize One Another
Being critical of goals and choices of your spouse can be disheartening to their drive. If you start to recognize your partner might be losing motivation, and rather than critiquing their weight and eating habits, be kind, yet honest. Ensure them you are on their side and always looking out for their best interest.
9. Don't Get Too Comfortable
Though you should absolutely feel comfortable around your spouse, being a little laxer can start reflecting on the scale. Allow yourself to feel comfortable in your skin and around one another, while simultaneously recognizing health should equally take the front seat.
10. Try Out Your Partner's Interests
Each month, take turns trying out new activities your partner has interest in. For instance, if your husband has been dying to show you the way around the links, head to the golf course for an active afternoon. The next month, sign him up for that cycling class you been itching to try.
11. Reconstruct Date Nights
From experiencing a fancy new to restaurant to snacking on a bounty of popcorn and candy at the movies, food is often a focus of date nights. While going to dinner and heading to the movies are certainly okay, try to take the emphasis off food and more towards physical activities.
Fun activities include challenging one another to a game of putt putt or a few games of bowling. (Winner gets to choose the next date night activity!)
12. Alternate Responsibilities
When getting in a relationship and starting a family, you start to take on more responsibilities. In addition to splitting the tasks fairly, also take on and alternative certain tasks so your partner can have some time for themselves.
For instance, get the kids ready for school in the morning so your loved one can make it to the gym. They can return the favor for picking them up from school and starting dinner so you can make it to your spin class after work.