If you gained weight after getting married, you’re normal! But that doesn’t mean you have to stay fat. These ways to lose weight after saying “I do” won’t just help you and your hubby lose weight…they’ll spice up your love life!
Before the tips, a quip:
“A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person.” ~ Mignon McLaughlin.
Deciding to deal with marriage weight gain together, as a couple, can help you fall in love all over again. My hubby and I work out together every second day, and I believe our marriage is stronger because of our workouts. Have you ever worked out with your spouse?
You don’t need to go to the gym to get a good workout. I lost weight after I got married, partly because I adopted my husband’s healthy eating habits, and partly because I discovered the 10 Minute Solutions DVDs.
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10 Minute Solution: Blast Off Belly Fat is the best one for quick weight loss (whether you gained weight after getting married, or want to lose weight before your wedding!).
And, here are six ways to lose weight after getting married…
6 Ways to Deal With Marriage Weight Gain
Don’t clean your plate just ‘cause your hubby does
“Studies have shown that when we’re with other people, we eat more even though we’re not actually hungry,” says Vancouver-based medical doctor and flamenco dancer Susan Biali. “To stay thin, I don’t eat as much as my husband does. If I let him serve my plate, he heaps on way more than I would normally eat, and if I don’t watch for the moment when I reach ‘full’ (which easily happens if we’re watching TV and eating), I’ll eat way more than I need.” Dealing with marriage weight gain is as simple as halving the amount of food you eat.
Pack lunches for each other for post-wedding weight loss
I love this tip for weight loss after getting married – I learned it from Dr Oz, co-author of YOU: On A Diet: The Owner’s Manual for Waist Management. On his show, he said that marriage weight gain can be lessened by putting notes and encouragements in each other’s lunches. And, pack your partner’s lunch full of healthy, delicious, satisfying foods. It’s less tempting and easier to manage someone else’s meals and snacks than to plan your own. This weight loss tip will strengthen your marriage, too.
Do different types of exercise as a couple
I love the 10 Minute Solutions Exercise DVDs; my husband and I do Pilates, yoga, strength training, and kick boxing together with these exercise videos. If you’re tired of marriage weight gain, vary your exercise routine. Don’t just jog, hike, or cycle together — go dancing, stretching, swimming, kayaking! The more variety you put into your fitness life, the more excited you’ll be to exercise, and the more weight you’ll lose together.
Average your body weights and body mass indexes
This is one of my favorite tips for marriage weight gain: “Treat your health as a combined system, not two separate individuals,” says Manhattan-based psychologist Joe Cilona, Psy.D. “For instance, add up and average both of your cholesterol levels, blood pressure readings, and body fat percentages. Then, work as a team to lower your combined scores.” This help for couples weight loss fosters connection, mutual support, and an awareness of how much spouses influence each other. Plus, Cilona says, there are fringe benefits: “One couple I work with rewards themselves with $100 for every cholesterol reading that is lower than usual or at an optimal level. At the end of the year, they splurge on a night or two at a local upscale hotel.”
Don’t deal with marriage weight gain by dieting!
Research shows that diets don’t work because they deprive people of delicious food and increase the chances of a binge later. Plus, most diets aren’t sustainable (you can’t be on a diet for the rest of your life!). Instead of focusing on low-fat foods, follow the Mediterranean eating plan. Eat healthy olive oils, real mayonnaise and real butter (they have more flavor, which will help you feel satisfied and not deprived). When you’re shopping for groceries, don’t buy processed food or white food products (eg, white bread, white crackers, white sugar, etc).
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Learn about the best ways to lose weight together
My husband is naturally thin – he wants to bulk up and build muscle, but he doesn’t need to burn fat. I’ve learned some really good eating habits from him. In fact, part of the reason I’ve lost 20 pounds since we’ve been married is because I watch what and how he eats.
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One of the best workout routines and exercise DVDs we do as a couple is the 10 Minute Solution: 5 Day Get Fit Mix. It combines yoga, kick boxing, strength training, and fat burning intervals. The best tip for losing weight together is to exercise regularly.
Are you dealing with marriage weight gain? Do you have any post-wedding weight loss tips? Comments welcome below!