Why Do People Put On Weight Post Marriage?

Is it true that most people tend to gain weight once they get married and settle down? Image via Jezebel.com

Is it true that most people tend to gain weight once they get married and settle down?
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The honeymoon phase is over and you find that you have gained a little weight. Your jeans feel a little too tight, your shirts seem to fit more snugly and your once amazing waistline is beginning to disappear!

Once you tie the knot, there are so many new exciting things happening in your life. While the fact that you are a part of so many festivities and functions that seem to carry on forever will add to your waistline, the gourmet dishes you sample on your honeymoon don’t help either.

However, it seems that for most people this weight gain doesn’t stop once normal life regains.

Here are some of the culprits that result in weight gain post marriage.

Your eating habits have changed:

Fact is that when you were single, you were always on the go. You had an active life and often missed out on meals because you ate alone and hence forgot to keep a track. Or sometimes, you simply ate a health bar on the cab ride to that client meeting and that qualified as a ‘meal’.

Once married, couples like to share the experiences of their day over meals, and that is why every meal is an elaborate affair.

Newly wedded couples travel a lot to spend quality time in each other's company. While holidaying or traveling having rich food from restaurants become a compulsion.

Newly wedded couples travel a lot to spend quality time in each other’s company. While holidaying or traveling having rich food from restaurants become a compulsion.

You sit down, you eat together and often overeat because rather than ordering ‘one portion’ of food at a restaurant, you have cooked up a meal and can easily reach for second helpings over conversation. The result – you eat more than you did earlier without realizing. If your eating habits have changed, there is nothing wrong with it because eating on time is actually healthy! Just make sure you control portion sizes.

You are trying out new recipes:

You want to explore things together as a newly married couple and that includes your culinary skills. Many new brides love to sample new recipes to surprise their husbands, and as a result they end up cooking high calorie meals all too often through the week.

While it is great to try your hand at cooking, it’s best to try a few low-cal recipes as well from time to time if you want to keep your weight in check.

Your activity levels dwindle:

As a newly married couple, you want to spend more time together. And that means spending more time hanging around the house, exploring the city or simply watching TV. This new lifestyle change leaves little to no time for physical activity, and because your workouts suffer, you tend to gain more weight. Its best to make an hour everyday to exercise together outdoor – be it swimming, playing a sport or going to the gym if you want to keep weight gain in check.

Marriage and divorce trigger major weight gain in men and women, new study finds. Image via nydailynews.com

Marriage and divorce trigger major weight gain in men and women, new study finds.
Image via nydailynews.com

You could be experiencing hormonal changes:

For some women, the reason for weight gain post marriage could be their choice of contraception. If you are on the Pill and are noticing weight gain without having made any major changes to your diet and workouts, it is best to see your gynecologist and explore alternative methods of contraception.

You could be getting lazy about your appearance:

Because you were single, you took special care of your body in order to meet other singles. Now that you are married, it’s possible that you are growing lazy! Don’t let marriage be the reason your once sexy figure is a thing of history!

If your appearance was the only motivation behind your active lifestyle, think about what kind of a repercussion your new lazy lifestyle will have on your health?

Find a way to get motivated and work towards losing some weight again.