With the ultimate day of love nearly upon us (though isn’t every day a good day for love?) there comes word that two is indeed bigger, actually way bigger, than one. Perhaps it’s a good thing love is blind because a study released by UNC Chapel Hill has officially backed up the myth that those in a relationship tend to pack on the excess pounds. Isn’t love swell?
But why does being in relationship make us expand?
One theory is that you no longer have to compete, and in turn look good, to catch a mate. Before, you had to primp and preen in order to get noticed amongst all the other singletons. Well, you’ve been there, done that. The dating game is over (big sigh of relief!). So, well, why spend hours at the gym trying to get thinner now that you’ve got what you were working so hard to get?
Next theory is that you and your sweetie, not having to go out and hunt for each other anymore, will be spending more time at home – on the couch – eating. You’ll also wear comfy clothes while doing this. And in case you had forgotten, comfy clothes expand. This expansion allows you to easily fill up your cute little belly with lots and lots of food, glorious food.
So, yes, love is grand, but it’s also fattening. Luckily for us, Ms. Joy Bauer of the Today Show (love that program, and not just because I heart Matt Lauer – I love Hoda woman and Kathie Lee a bunch too!) has some fab stay lean while in love tips. Here's a summary:
TIP 1 – don’t be a copy cat. Just because your sweetie devours a gallon of ice cream (Mmmmm!!! Make mine chocolate chip cookie dough, please!) doesn’t mean you have to (or can) as well. Sure, it’s great to do things together but gorging isn’t one of them.
TIP 2 – we all love a cozy pair of pajama bottoms. Wear them, enjoy them. But don’t live in them 24-7 because if and when your tummy starts growing (and we are not talking babies here!) you won’t know it till it's too late. On the other hand, throw on your skinny jeans and your buttons will pop the moment you’ve over indulged. It’s like a built in alarm system alerting you to when you need to zip those lips.
TIP 3 – TV on, food off. This is actually a good tip for everybody, regardless of relationship status. Don’t watch and chew at the same. Those reality shows will cause you to zone out and before you know it you’ve eaten an entire days worth of calories.
TIP 4 – when you dine out do like Lady and the Tramp and share your meal. Of course, the whole sucking on the same strand of spaghetti is optional (though it’s pretty darn cute!).
TIP 5 – get all sweaty. Rather than sitting down to a feast, get up and get moving. Go for a walk, go dancing, go skiing – just put down the food and go do something!