by Keri Gans, R.D., for SHAPE.com
Recently become a Mrs.? Here's how to avoid the newlywed weight gain.It is not unusual in my practice to have a patient complain about gaining weight after his or her wedding and honeymoon. I also see it happen sometimes when a happy couple decides to move in together long before the big day. So I was not surprised when a recent study from Methodist University in Dallas revealed that young newlyweds who are happy in their marriage tend to put on pounds.
If you recently became a Mrs., here is what I constantly remind my patients: Just because you are no longer in pursuit for a boyfriend or fitting into your wedding gown doesn't mean you now have carte blanche to eat whatever you want.
My patients also usually blame their weight gain on their other half's eating behaviors or activity level. I kindly tell them that it is simply an excuse. I have been with my husband for 20 years, married for 13 of them, and have never gained an ounce; meanwhile he has gained, lost, and regained many, many pounds.
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