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This is how much weight the average person gains in a new relationship
When we think back to the early days of dating the first few mems that spring to mind are of boozy dumpling-filled dinners, late-night trips to Messina and cheap Tuesday movie nights (popcorn and choc-top meal deals non-negotiable.) So honestly, it comes as no surprise that a recent study has found three quarters of people gain weight after coupling up.
On behalf of Jenny Craig, market research firm OnePoll recruited 2,000 Americans – who, btw, were all in relationships – to sus out how just how much they’d loosened the reigns on their diets since finding love. On average, those involved in the survey had gained 16kgs, with 7 of those kilos added to the scale within 12 months.
What’s more, sixty-four per cent of the respondents said they no longer felt pressure to look their best to attract a lover. 41 per cent blamed eating out on the reg as the culprit for their weight gain (obvs), and 34 per cent of people put it down to takeaway and drinking together at home.
Back in 2018, researchers from the University of Queensland backed this theory when they concluded that couples have higher BMIs than single folk -despite eating healthier and being more active. Reason being? When you’re in a relationship we typically spend more time eating with our partner, as well as watching TV and indulging in a few vinos. Plus, we're more likely to allocate ourselves a larger portion size.
Needless to say, snagging a significant other doesn't need to kill your healthy habits. Instead of spending date night on the couch with your Netflix cue, why not go hiking or take a walk on the beach together? Fun fact: one study out of Santa Clara University suggests people feel more energetic and happier after working out with a partner than doing so solo. What’s not to love about that?
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