Love can make you fat
14 February 2013, 11:18
There is not much thought given to the effect that love can have on our bodies. Unfortunately loving can have some negative consequences, such as gaining weight after marriage.
Scientists at the University of California, San Diego have found that
married women put on weight after they get married. Women tend to take
less interest in their appearance once married – or even when involved
in a long-term relationship.
Women tend to indulge in fatty foods and sweets a bit more than usual, thus bringing on the weight gain. Reduced stress levels also contribute to weight gain.
Food becomes a core focus. As a couple, staying in and cozying up (with
food) on the couch happens more often than it did when you were single.
Furthermore, your partner’s bad habits become yours.
Here are some ideas on how to take on those love handles:
Surround yourself with positive thoughts and energy
Choose carrot sticks or apple slices instead of the chips, chocolates and heavily-laden kilojoule food
Make the TV room a no-eating zone: snuggling up next to each other on
the sofa to watch your favorite shows … which goes hand-in-hand with
nibbling on high-kilojoule snacks can be a dangerous habit.
The kilojoules really start
to rack up as a result. Instead, relax and enjoy each other’s company,
without involving food. Massages, will burn a few extra kilojoules
(about 290 kilojoules for every 15 minutes) by working those muscles in
your upper body and hands.
Nurture your relationship, not your appetite: spend some quality time
together playing a board game or doing a jigsaw puzzle. Keeping your
brains and bodies active, replace the chips with air-popped popcorn or
Spice things up in the kitchen: cooking dinner together can create
memories to last a lifetime. Healthy, low-fat recipes to prepare at home
will save you cash and kilojoules. Add some music and light a few candles and it’s a night to remember.
Get fit together: decide to read a book between you and discuss over a summer evening’s stroll. Play
volleyball in the pool or just a game of cricket will do wonders in
your exercise regime! Simple lunges, stretches, and spinning will go a
long way in establishing that exercise routine
Healthy Eating plans for two:
Bacon and Olive Pizza
5 min to put together, 15 min to cook
100g Eskort Weigh-Less Smoked Bacon
120g reduced fat hard cheese
100g Weigh-Less Pasta Topping
Instructions: spread the pasta topping evenly over the
four bases and top with the crumbled bacon and sliced olives. Cover
with the grated cheese and bake in a 200°C oven for 15 minutes, or until
crisp and golden.
Simple chilli beef
5 min to put together, 40 min to cook
200g canned kidney beans
¼ tsp cayenne pepper
2 tsp chilli powder
1 tsp cumin
240g lean beef mince
1 tsp minced garlic
½ tsp oregano
1 tsp paprika
salt and pepper
10ml Weigh-Less Extra Virgin Olive Oil
400g Weigh-Less Pasta Topping
Instructions: heat the oil in a large pot and cook the
mince and garlic until brown. Add the onion and cook for a further 5
minutes. Add the water, pasta sauce and beans. Add the herbs and spices
and mix well. Bring to a gentle simmer and leave for half an hour. Serve
with a dollop of plain yoghurt, grated cheddar cheese and bread from
your daily serves.
Apricot and custard bread pudding
10 min to put together, 25min to cook
8 slices day-old white bread, crusts removed
40g diced dried apricots
1 cup skim milk
20g vanilla essence
¼ cup Weigh-Less Apricot Jam
1 tsp Weigh-Less Spoon For Spoon Sugar Replacement
Instructions: Spread each slice of bread with the jam
and cut into quarters. Press half of the bread, jam side up, into four
ovenproof dishes or ramekins. Sprinkle with the apricots. Whisk together
the milk, eggs, sugar replacement and vanilla together in a jug. Pour
half the mixture over the bread. Top with remaining bread, and pour over
remaining egg mixture. Sprinkle with almonds. Bake in a 180°C oven for
25 minutes or until golden.