Battling the Boyfriend Layer: Staying Fit in a Relationship

Battling the Boyfriend Layer: Staying Fit in a Relationship

By: ERINN BOON

Being in a relationship can work wonders on a person’s feelings of well-being and overall happiness, but it can also be a dieting enemy, morphing your previously toned figure into a much softer one, muffin top included. Relationship weight gain has been a problem for quite a long time, even acquiring it’s own title as the despised “boyfriend layer”.

Although it is something that most girls go through during a new relationship, or even an older one, it doesn’t mean you have to be part of the norm. After chatting with registered dietitian Kirstie Craul, we’ve come up with some tips to keep your waistline and relationship in check.

1. Kiss the Cook

Dining out is one of the most popular dates for young couples, but dining in won’t just save you cash, it will save you calories as well. “For example, the lasagna at Olive Garden has 850 calories and 47 grams of fat and that’s not including any side dishes or beverages which could easily add another 1,000 calories,” says Craul. Try to limit dining out to once a week and instead “make home cooked meals for ‘date’ nights,” says Craul. Cooking with your man is not only creative; it gives the two of you some alone time.

2. Post-Workout Glow

Whether it’s Reese Witherspoon running with Jim Toth or Fergie hitting the trails with Josh Duhamel, celebrities are constantly photographed working out with their significant others and it’s not such a bad idea. Craul recommends going on active dates such as hikes, skiing, bowling, snowshoeing, or even hitting the gym together. After all, couples who play together stay together.

3. Drink Light, Stay light

Many times, new couples meet in a bar. It’s where everyone goes to socialize and for most men, it’s where they go to pick up women. If you want to stay as slim as the day you caught his eye, you better lay off the booze. If you find yourself drinking to survive his family’s get-togethers or while out with his obnoxious friend, Craul recommends limiting yourself to one or two drinks to avoid binge drinking. Drinking and eating tend to go hand in hand, and drinking provides enough excess calories as it is. “A pint of beer has about 200 calories and a six ounce glass of wine has 150 calories,” Craul says. A bottle of wine has about 645 calories and it’s simple to split so always remember to share!

4. Let the Guy Supersize

Men tend to eat more than woman. They have a larger muscle mass and therefore need more calories. According to the Harvard Medical School Family Health Guide, a moderately active woman needs around 2,000 calories a day where as an average-sized man with the same exercise pattern needs about 2,800 calories each day. Even though these needs vary depending on the individual, there is no doubt that men’s bodies require more calories than women’s do. When we’re in relationships, we tend to eat what the other eats and that can lead to weight gain for someone who doesn’t need as much food. Next time the two of you are grabbing a snack, pay attention to when you’re feeling full or even prepare yourself by sorting your snacks beforehand according to serving sizes. That way, the next time he grabs the bag of potato chips, you’ll be able to grab yours too.

5. Confidence is Sexy

There’s no doubt that the happier you are with yourself, the better your relationship will be. Health is as much mental as it is physical. “Staying fit and healthy will boost your confidence and help make your relationship stronger,” says Craul. There is nothing wrong with cancelling a date to spend some quality time with yourself. Sweat through hot yoga or take that kickboxing class you’ve been dying to try, and most importantly, never forget that the most rewarding relationship you’ll ever have is the one with the happier and healthier you.

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