Food & Nutrition

7 Signs Your Partner’s Making You Gain Weight

And how to make it stop.

You’re eating faster

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If you used to linger over your meal but now you find you’re shoveling it in, your partner may be to blame. “We match our eating pace with the people we’re eating with,” says Tamara Melton, RDN, an Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Spokesperson. Problem is, men take bigger bites and eat faster compared to women, according to a 2015 study in Physiology & Behavior. If you notice you’re doing the same, make a conscious effort to slow down—it’s not a competition. (Though it can seem that way sometimes…) Eating quickly is one of many reasons you’re eating more than you realize.

You’re drinking more

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When you start a relationship you’re constantly going on dates that revolve around food—and drinks. So you may be imbibing more, says Melton. Not only does that add cals but booze lowers inhibitions, squelching your healthy eating intentions. And that’s not just when you’re dating. Research from the University of Cincinnati discovered that when women get married, they tend to drink three more drinks per month on average. Rather than turning to this stand-by every time, think about other creative dates you can set up. Melton and her husband, for example, tried glass blowing—something that definitely couldn’t involve food or booze.

They’re leaving food out on the counter

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What you see is what you eat, say Cornell researchers. They discovered that when snacks (like cereal) were left out in the open, people were 20 pounds heavier because they were more likely to mindlessly munch. (Kindly!) ask your partner to put away the snacks when they’re done with them. Out of sight means out of mind. Here’s how to organize your kitchen so you eat healthier.

They love Oreos. Or Doritos. Or gelato.

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There are some things you’d never keep in your home if you were single, like certain junk foods, because they’re too darn tempting. “You might have a partner who can eat just one cookie—but you want five,” says Melton. The solution: communicate. Let them know that xyz is a trouble food for you and it’s hard not to eat them when they’re around. “They probably didn’t know it was bothering you in the first place,” she says. Compromise by asking your partner to keep those cookies or candy at work instead of at home. Try one of these healthy snacks for adults instead.

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