One of the most important things I’ve learned about marriage is that it’s all about compromise and understanding. Although there are a few things I will never completely fathom (like video games), I know that compromise is the key to a happy marriage.
One thing that does NOT have to be compromised is your waist-size, although it is common for men AND women to get married and gain weight.
Why does this happen?
In marriage, one does as the other. When women start sharing most meals with their husbands, eating patterns generally change. While some men might actually be eating healthier; better balanced meals, fruits, and vegetables, women might start eating LESS healthy; allow more junk food in the cupboards and consuming larger portions. This isn’t ALWAYS the case, but I would bet it happens more than you think.
With smaller muscle mass and body size, women don’t need as many calories to keep the body functioning. When there is an excess, weight gain is inevitable. So what can YOU do to keep your figure healthy throughout your marriage (benefiting you AND your spouse)?
- Use smaller plates. This will trick your mind in to thinking you have MORE, when you really have less! I do this ALL the time! If your husband wants more, he can have more, but YOU don’t have to!
- Cook healthy, even for HIM! I have said this before and I’ll say it again: STOP making two meals. Get your hubby to be a bit more adventurous with his palate by combining flavors he loves, with new things he is not familiar with. It will take time, even YEARS, but be patient!
- Check your cupboards. Are they loaded with chips, cookies, and other snacky foods? If so, stop buying them! If you check my cupboards at home, you would not find a pantry full of easy to reach snacks. Avoiding the snack aisle at the grocery store prevents temptation from being at your fingertips. Out of sight, out of mind! You won’t only be helping YOUR waistline, but also your whole family!
- Exercise…together. This is one area I struggle MOST with because my husband just doesn’t like structured exercise. However, we still find active things to do together; rollerblading, soccer, tennis, etc. Its exercise, but it’s FUN exercise.
- Keep up appearances. No matter your size, a lot of couples get married and stop putting the effort in to trying to impress the other. This might sound superficial but makes a difference when it comes to your health! I love being dressed up and taking a little time with how I look. I feel better and I love getting compliments from my husband. This makes me WANT to eat healthier and work out so that my skin looks great; I fit in my clothes, and have more energy! Start today by throwing on a nice top, instead of a raggedy old t-shirt. A little effort goes a long way!
I hope these 5 tips will get your mind thinking about what other healthy changes you can make in your relationship! Be the influence! Who knows what could happen! You might even be able to fit in that wedding dress on your 50th anniversary!
QUESTION: Does your husband influence your eating habits? Have you gained weight since being married?Print