You know the old saying that married couples gain weight? Well, it’s actually true.
Research has shown that married people gain an average of 6 to 9 pounds more than singles.
Exactly why is unclear, but Lona Sandon, assistant professor of clinical nutrition at
UT Southwestern Medical Center, says couples have a few things going for them to keep the weight off.
“The best thing couples have is that they have two,” says Ms. Sandon, a spokeswoman for the American Dietetic Association. “They can encourage each other, work out together and watch their food intake – together.”
In the case of newlyweds, they also generally have a ton of new accoutrements and kitchen gadgets such as roasting pans and nonstick cookware that can help cut down on added fat when cooking.
“Rather than going out to eat all the time, they should learn how to use all their gadgets to create fun, healthy meals at home,” Ms. Sandon says. “Home cooking is almost always easier on the scale and the pocketbook. Just be sure to prevent second and third helpings by only cooking enough for two.”
Visit http://www.utsouthwestern.org/nutrition to learn more about UT Southwestern’s clinical services in nutrition.
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