We all know how hard it can be to cope with our diet when in a new relationship. How many times has it been a bit too easy to cave into that takeaway, or eat out at restaurants more than we probably should? It has been proven that the more serious a relationship is, the more weight we are likely to gain. A study in obesity showed that people dating put on 15 pounds over five years, people in a relationship put on 18 pounds, and people who were married put on 24 pounds. But, guess what? We’re here to explain how you can find love, and stay looking your best…

Reduce your time spent eating out

It’s inevitable that we eat out more when in a relationship. It’s fun, easy and relaxing but did you know an average restaurant meal contains 1,128 calories? Reduce the effects of this on your waistline by eating out only a couple of times a week and your purse will thank you too! Preparing meals at home can be just as fun, and you can even cook together and create special memories. Try eating the healthy options we have discussed in our other blogs and you will save at least 250 calories per meal!

Check your portion sizes

It’s true that we tend to eat unhealthily in a relationship because his bad food habits rub off on us. It’s great if he wants to watch his weight too, but if he doesn’t then you can’t be eating the same portion sizes. On average, men need to consume around 500 calories a day more than we do. So try eating around 200 calories less than your man does at each meal. Also, it’s a good idea to give yourselves separate shelves in the fridge if need be, in order to prevent you from eating his unhealthy snacks.

Teach your kids to eat healthily

We all know how hectic life is sometimes and how much easier it is to whip a pizza in the oven or treat the kids to a McDonalds. And how many times have we then gave into temptation and ordered a Big Mac and fries too? Try and maintain your healthy diet by feeding the kids healthy food whenever you can. That way, if you do get tempted, it won’t do any damage to your appearance. If your kids are picky eaters and won’t eat that healthily, try having a piece of fruit or a small salad while they are eating so you aren’t tempted to pick at their leftovers.

Have you recently entered a new relationship and are eager to try out our special tips? Or maybe you’re in a long-term relationship and can advise on ideas that you’ve found out yourself? Feel free to engage with other Butterfly Direct members by commenting below!