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5 Ways to Lose Weight Together

admin - January 22, 2015



Ways to help your spouse lose weight.

According to a 2007 study at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, marriage goes hand in hand with weight gain. “In the first five years of marriage, women gained an average of 24 pounds and men gained 30 pounds,” says Penny Gordon-Larsen, Ph.D., a professor of nutrition at UNC and author of the study.

So how to you combat the weight gain? Follow these five tips that will help you and your spouse eat and live healthier together.

1. Be an Active Part of a Healthy Solution

Figure out if there is anything you are doing or can do to help your spouse eat healthier. For example, if your spouse often eats fast food at lunch and you typically pack your lunch, offer to start packing him or her a healthy lunch too.

2. Stock Up on Healthy Foods

Out of sight, out of mind? This may be a good tactic for unhealthy foods. A study led by Brian Wansink, Ph.D., director of Cornell’s Food and Brand Lab, found that people wolf down more than twice as many chocolates when they’re right in front of them compared to when they’re farther away.  If temptation still outweighs these extra barriers, skip buying foods that trigger cravings and buy them or go out for them only on special occasions.

3. Cook Healthy Meals for Each Other

Experiment with new recipes and turn cooking into a fun activity that you both do together.

4. Lead by Example

Several studies have shown that influence from friends and family on eating and physical activity habits has a strong impact on your own health behaviors. So develop and adopt your own healthy habits, and it’s likely that your spouse will too!

5. Plan Healthy Activities to Do Together

In a study published this year in theJournal of Obesity, researchers reported that among participants in a 6-month weight-loss program, those who joined with a friend lost significantly more weight. So instead of watching TV after dinner together, take a quick walk around the neighborhood.

 




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3 Comments so far
  1. Bobby Bernhardt - January 26, 2015 at 11:47 am

    I did not see anything about eating 80% raw foods. What gives? All of that cooked food is not the answer. Right?

  2. Teresa Fazio - January 26, 2015 at 11:59 am

    Bobby Bernhardt, there is nothing magic about eating raw foods. Some people have trouble digesting raw vegetables (most fruits are meant to be eaten raw), and lightly steaming them or sautéing them makes them easier to digest and improves the flavor as well. Just don’t cook them so long they lose their color, especially the green stuff (broccoli and green beans, for example, should still be bright green when you eat them, even if they’re cooked.) Bon Appetit!!

  3. mary lou abruzzise - January 26, 2015 at 12:33 pm

    i would love to lose 50 lbs.


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