Does Your Wedding Ring Make You Fat??
Did you know that being married can actually make you fat? Well, researchers have found out that married people tend to put on weight soon after their weddings. According to a study dated late last year, The US Obesity Society, found that married people and singles in their late teens and early 20s gain a significant amount of weight - an average of 6.8 kg to 13.6 kg - over five years.
However, newly married men and women in that age group pack on 2.7 kg to 4 kg more than their peers who are single and dating, with women gaining as much as 11kg and men gaining 13.6 kg in a five year period.
For instance, take married couple John and Sarah. Sarah weighed 75 kg before they married two years ago, but has since gained seven extra kilos. Her husband has put on 5 kg since his wedding - he weights 75 kg now.
John said that after his marriage, the newly weds tended to go out to eat together often. And when they stayed at home, they'd order delivery. He thinks that their lifestyle change of living together contributed to their weight gain.
Indeed, one of the major factors in weight gain after marriage, is the couple's ability to adjust to their new lifestyle. Also, those who are married may feel that staying slim is no longer as important as when they were single. After all, they are already married and do not have to look great all the time to attract the opposite sex.
Singles may be more motivated to watch their weight, if they are looking to impress or please the one they hope to marry.
Big mistake!!! Married couples can gradually lose attraction for each other, even if they do love each other, if they do not take the trouble to maintain themselves in good shape. The lack of desire to look good can be indicative of a lack of interest in the marital relationship; an attitude of taking each other for granted.
Another factor for marital weight gain could be a more sedantary lifestyle. With new responsibilities of setting up a new home and family, there may be less time for exercise or it may be neglected entirely. Women also tend to gain weight significantly after several pregnancies.
But since weight gain is not something that happens out of the blue, you can take steps to prevent it from happening. Remember that if you eat more calories than you need, or can burn, then you will put on weight.
Married people need not put on weight if they continue to watch themselves and are careful to exercise regularly and to eat healthfully.
Click here to read how you can keep those marital pounds off.