There are plenty of ways a relationship can lead you to pack on the pounds, but being in love doesn't automatically increase your jeans size. Here are some ways being attached at the hip to someone else can actually help you lose weight.
- You have an instant workout buddy: You both need to work out to stay healthy, and it's another way you can spend time together. Sign up for a two-for-one membership at a gym, take your dog for a woodsy hike, or go for a long bike ride. And when you'd rather sit on the couch watching The Office reruns, hopefully your S.O. will give you the kick in the pants you need to lace up your sneaks.
- Increased desire to look good naked: OK, so this is a little vain, but if you want to feel good when the lights go down and the clothes come off, there's no way you'll even think about skipping out on your morning run.
Continue reading to find out other ways your relationship can help you slim down.
- Inspiration to cook healthy meals together: When cooking alone, the desire to make a healthy meal can be low. When there's someone else in the picture, you tend to act more responsibly about your meal choices instead of eating cereal for supper. Plus grocery shopping can be a fun date and a great way to inspire new healthy recipes.
- Your partner keeps you accountable: If you're enjoying some ice cream on your own, it's tempting to polish off an entire pint. But when you're sharing a treat, you're less likely to feel comfortable stuffing your face silly. Plus if your partner knows you're trying to lose weight, they'll be the first to give you a raised eyebrow when you go for that second piece of cake or try to skip out on your workout.
- You have constant support: Making healthy choices is ultimately up to you, but it sure is easier when you have the support of a like-minded partner. You can share food journals, make each other workout playlists, exchange health-inspired gifts, and you'll have someone to celebrate with when you're psyched about losing five pounds. Another bonus is you'll always have a trusted person you can turn to when you feel like jumping headfirst off the healthy wagon into a package of Oreos.