Falling in love is a wonderful feeling. It increases levels of dopamine and adrenaline. They help control the brain’s reward and pleasure centers. Blood flow increases in this area when people fall in love. If left unchecked, it can lead to obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviours because this is the same part of the brain that controls obsessive-compulsive behaviour. This can lead to overeating which can have detrimental effects on your health. Make changes to your habits and lifestyle and lose weight together for a healthier relationship.
Studies have shown that couples tend to have similar eating habits. So if you have found the right person, and intend to live healthier and happier lives, we have some suggestions you can incorporate to achieve relationship goals together.
LAY OFF THE SWEETS It is very tempting to finish the romantic dinner with a generous slice of warm chocolate brownie drizzled in chocolate sauce after your main course. Without a doubt, being in a relationship is one of the main causes of weight gain. Eating together is an easy and convenient way of spending time together. Both also become complacent and not motivated to keep fit. “Its a slippery slope where everything goes downhill – from your fitness level, health and even self-confidence in the long run.” says Dr. Siew Tuck Wah, Medical Director of Radium Medical Aesthetics.
Sugar is bad for you. It has been linked to increased risk of obesity, inflammation and chronic diseases and type 2 diabetes. It has been recently been proven that sugar is causes acne as well.
Replace the slice of chocolate cake with fresh-cut fruits such as apples, oranges, blueberries, strawberries, kiwis and pomegranates. These colourful superfruits contain pigments (hence their colours) with antioxidant properties that are beneficial to your health and they help to keep you full and make you lose weight in the long run.
SNACK LESS Cuddling up on the couch with your love ones and snacking on potato chips and ice cream sounds very heart-warming and romantic but certainly not healthy. Studies have shown that people tend to indulge mindlessly when watching TV, eating constantly until the bag of chips is finished. The signal informing that you are full is suppressed or temporarily blocked out when you are watching TV. If you want to snack on something when watching TV, why not consider stocking up on fruits such as strawberries, blueberries, apples, pears or even unsalted, roasted nuts? Nuts and fruits make you feel full faster. In turn, they make you eat less and help you lose weight.
CHEW MORE, EAT LESS Take your time to eat and chew every mouthful. Take a sip water in between your meal. Don’t rush to finish everything on your plate or attempt to keep up with your partner. People who eat their food more slowly consume nearly 100 fewer calories per meal! This significantly less calories you take in per meal will help you lose weight. By eating slowly, you are giving your brain sufficient time to receive information from your stomach that you are comfortably full and no longer require food. Celebrities such as Gwyneth Paltrow swear by it!
EAT YOUR BREAKFAST Seems counter-intuitive but eating a good, healthy breakfast can help you lose weight. You should aim to have your breakfast within 30 to 60 minutes of waking up unless you exercise in the morning. If so, consider splitting your breakfast into 2 smaller portions and consume more carbohydrates before your workout. Your body slows down and your body burns calories more slowly. To kickstart your metabolism, you need to eat. Depriving your body of food also means that your brain does not receive the nutrients it needs to get you ready for work. Skipping breakfast will make you eat more during lunch or dinner – and in all likelihood – overeat when you are starving.
COOK TOGETHER There is no excuse for not being able to find things to do together. Look up the internet for recipes to cook your meals together. Cooking together not only ensures both of you eat healthier, it can also help your relationship. Doing an activity together can help both of you feel more connected and foster a greater bond with each other. Not forgetting that cooking at home means using healthier oil and you can control the amount of salt and sugar that go into your food, thus making you lose weight in the long run.