Ever notice when you find a new love interest how your appetite seems to disappear? The feelings of nervousness and excitement curb our eating habits and many times leads to a little bit of weight loss. However, when we finally capture our new lover, that old appetite comes back to stay.
When we take the romance to the ultimate step by getting married, appetites increase and eating habits can change. As a matter of fact, most married couples gain six to eight pounds after only a year of marriage. Couple that with a pregnancy or two, it’s no wonder that gaining weight is often associated to getting hitched.
But it doesn’t have to be that way. Not if you are aware of what is happening. You just need to stay inspired to keep your body looking the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. If you pay attention to it in the beginning, you can keep your body in shape.
Don’t fall into the habit of eating in front of the television. Try to curb that behavior in the beginning. You will be able to taste your food and focus on what you are eating and conversation with your spouse if you sit down at a table for dinner.
Prepare or purchase fruit to make for dessert. Yogurt and fresh fruit make yummy desserts or smoothies. Keep foods like this in the house and avoid prepackaged cookies and snacks. This way you can always reach for something sweet when the two of you are snuggling on the couch.
Make love often. Each 30 minutes spent on lovemaking will burn up to 85 calories. While that’s not a monumental amount, it adds up over a week or month. A week of lovemaking could mean a guilt-less ice cream sundae!
Hit the gym together. Many couples meet at the gym and then quickly quit going once they get married. Try to keep fitness a regular part of your life, especially after you are married. Participating in sports together might also be fun, like snow skiing, golf or tennis.
Cook healthy meals. In addition to having fruits in the house for desserts, choose foods that are low in saturated fat and sodium to cook for you and your man.
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