5 Ways to Keep Your Marriage From Making You Fat

By Tina Haupert

Recently I got myself into an unhealthy rut. Not surprisingly, so did my husband. Studies have shown that married people are more likely than their single peers to pack on the pounds. And just like healthy habits, unhealthy habits can be contagious. So when our schedules got busy, we blew off our health by skipping our regularly scheduled workouts and by eating takeout instead of making nutritious meals at home. With my husband off the healthy living wagon, upholding my own habits was much more difficult.

Even though I found my Feel Great Weight through my own dedication and hard work, I didn't achieve my goal alone. I had the support of my husband to lose the weight—and then to keep it off. When one of us falls off the health wagon, both of our jeans start to feel a bit tighter. So here are five simple strategies for inspiring you and your partner to slim down—and stay that way.

Assert your influence

When it comes to healthy living, I typically have quite a bit of influence over my husband's habits. For instance, while we share the job of grocery shopping, I do most of the meal planning and cooking. Good thing my husband is pretty easy to please! Because I have more say over what we eat as a couple, I tend to incorporate fresher, healthier foods into our diet. I never force my husband to try anything that he doesn't want to, but setting a good example has encouraged many of his own healthy choices. He's actually become a huge fan of banana oatmeal—my favorite healthy breakfast—and eats it almost every day!

Make a (fitness) date

Like most people, my husband and I both have packed schedules, so when it comes to spending quality time together we like to plan dates that incorporate fitness. Our favorite activities are after-work hikes or weekend tennis matches. Exercising together has been one of the most motivating tools for keeping us both on track. And we act as “fitness buddies" for each other, making sure we both get to the gym even on nights when we'd rather veg out on the couch.

A little friendly competition doesn't hurt either. My husband said he was seriously impressed when I ran a half marathon last spring, and he gave me some training motivation when he finished a 5K in under 20 minutes.

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5 Ways to Keep Your Marriage From Making You Fat

By Tina Haupert

Recently I got myself into an unhealthy rut. Not surprisingly, so did my husband. Studies have shown that married people are more likely than their single peers to pack on the pounds. And just like healthy habits, unhealthy habits can be contagious. So when our schedules got busy, we blew off our health by skipping our regularly scheduled workouts and by eating takeout instead of making nutritious meals at home. With my husband off the healthy living wagon, upholding my own habits was much more difficult.

Even though I found my Feel Great Weight through my own dedication and hard work, I didn't achieve my goal alone. I had the support of my husband to lose the weight—and then to keep it off. When one of us falls off the health wagon, both of our jeans start to feel a bit tighter. So here are five simple strategies for inspiring you and your partner to slim down—and stay that way.

Assert your influence

When it comes to healthy living, I typically have quite a bit of influence over my husband's habits. For instance, while we share the job of grocery shopping, I do most of the meal planning and cooking. Good thing my husband is pretty easy to please! Because I have more say over what we eat as a couple, I tend to incorporate fresher, healthier foods into our diet. I never force my husband to try anything that he doesn't want to, but setting a good example has encouraged many of his own healthy choices. He's actually become a huge fan of banana oatmeal—my favorite healthy breakfast—and eats it almost every day!

Make a (fitness) date

Like most people, my husband and I both have packed schedules, so when it comes to spending quality time together we like to plan dates that incorporate fitness. Our favorite activities are after-work hikes or weekend tennis matches. Exercising together has been one of the most motivating tools for keeping us both on track. And we act as “fitness buddies" for each other, making sure we both get to the gym even on nights when we'd rather veg out on the couch.

A little friendly competition doesn't hurt either. My husband said he was seriously impressed when I ran a half marathon last spring, and he gave me some training motivation when he finished a 5K in under 20 minutes.

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