I've got a great topic to discuss from this month's issue of Women's Health Magazine and the article, "Prevent Love Chub!"
I know I'm not the first to admit this, but I'm saying it anyway. Before I was in a relationship, I was thinner and I was my smallest when I met Mr. B. Yet somehow over the last five years, I've gained an upwards of 20 lbs and I'm not even sure how. It'd be difficult to pinpoint just one reason really, because it could have been a number of things: our many restaurant excursions, late night Haagen Dazs tastings, or Saturday morning diner breakfasts...
Here's what Women's Health says about the Major Reasons Why Women Gain Weight While In Relationships: You Eat Out... All The Time, You're Always In Bed, You Match Him Bite For Bite, You're Happy, His Snacks are Your Snacks, or all of the above!
It's true... Mr. B and I love to eat out. Some might actually say we're obsessed. It's like a ritual for us. Every weekend we're either going to one of our favorite restuarants or trying someplace new. Did I mention we like to try everything on the menu? We're soo glutoness! We order an appetizer, a starter salad, we have our entrees, and yes, we are sticklers for dessert. Here's a picture I took of our favorite desserts from our favorite restuarants. Hello love chub!
According to Women's Health the solution is to EAT IN. Or, stay clear of the ice cream doughnuts and appetizers! Experts suggest cooking together or eating a healthy snack a few hours before your dinner out.
I'm also guilty of matching him bite for bite. Even if I'm full, I want to eat when he's eating. I don't know what it is, but I want to enjoy food as much as he does. It's hard to think I should restrain myself if he's not restraining himself. According to Women's Health the solution is to SERVE YOURSELF LESS. It's unfortunate and unfair, but "women burn 26 percent fewer calories than men do," which means I can't match him bite for bite and lose weight. It's impossible!
Another thing Women's Health was right about is those snacks. Mr. B's favorite foods are a big trigger. He likes things like chewy chocolate chip cookies and snickers bars. If I don't have any better options nearby I'm bound to grab something of his. The solution? KNOW YOUR OPTIONS. Either eat a tiny bit of his snack or have a lower-calorie option on hand. Some of my favorites are Kellogg's 100 Calorie Fudge Shoppe Mini Fudge Stripes or Jell-O Dark Chocolate Pudding (only 60 calories).
What are your favorite low-calorie snacks?