Being in a committed relationship is exhilarating, especially when you’ve found that special someone. But all too often, you get more than you bargain for when it comes to your waistline.
Date nights, lounging on the couch, sharing sweet treats — these are just some examples of the way your significant other might be causing you to gain weight.
Keep these tips in mind to enjoy your relationship without the extra pounds.
Ask for Flowers Instead of Sweets
If you’re dating a romantic, it’s likely you’ve been lavished with chocolates and other sweets. While a nice gesture, that’s the fastest way to consume unnecessary calories.
Let your better half know you appreciate the romance, but that you’d enjoy an occasional card or flower bouquet instead of those fattening chocolates. Or you could ask for a gym membership!
Don’t Make Drinking a Habit
Date nights often include a few alcoholic beverages. Enjoying some drinks together every once in awhile is no biggie, but making it a thing every time you hang out can quickly land you in weight-gain land.
If your partner insists on alcohol with each meal, opt for one glass of wine instead of two, or consider cocktails with low-calorie counts.
Enjoy Fitness Together
It’s tempting to spend every weekend lounging on the couch watching movies together. After all, it’s free and it’s comfortable. But doing this too often can turn you both into couch potatoes.
Spice things up in your relationship — and keep your figure in check — by trying new physical activities together, like mountain biking, hiking, rock climbing, etc. You’ll have fun and make memories without risking your fitness.
Cook a Romantic Dinner
Eating out is simply part of dating. As your relationship matures, those dinner dates go from nice sit-down restaurants (where you can get a somewhat healthy meal) to quick fast food or takeout.
Try to limit the amount of times you and your partner eat out each week. Mix it up by cooking a big, romantic (and healthy) dinner. Light some candles, dim the lights. Not only will you be helping out your waistline, but you’ll ignite a little romance.
Don’t Shy Away from Your Routine
Even if your significant other isn’t a gym nut, you should stick to your own health and fitness routine. Whatever it is you normally do to stay in shape - whether that’s going for a job each morning or taking a weekly yoga class - don’t let your desire to spend time with him/her derail your plans.
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