“I have gained weight after marriage” is a common statement that you hear from newly married women. The weight that is gained after marriage is also called as ‘happy weight’. Is this happy weight really healthy? In fact, the weight gain reduces the charm that a new couple should have.
Rekha is a model coordinator living in Mumbai. She was happy after she got married. She had a satisfaction that she did not have to keep up with her exercise routine routine everyday. She gained 5 kgs of weight post marriage. Her attitude was, ‘Now I am already married. Why should I bother about weight gain? My husband does not have the choice but to accept me the way I am.'
It is true that people who are married are happier and satisfied. They do not have the pressure to look good at all times and hence do not worry about their growing waist lines. After babies come along, they become less conscious about their appearance.
Though one would think that urban women would not fall in this trap but it has been seen that growing number of urban women also gain weight post marriage.
Let’s understand the reason for weight gain after marriage.
According to the Indian traditional values, family and friends invite the newly wedded couple over for food. There are so many parties that are organized in their honor that that it becomes practically difficult to avoid rich calorie laden food.
Newly wedded couples travel a lot to spend quality time in each other's company. While holidaying or traveling having rich food from restaurants become a compulsion.
Newly wedded women try to cook the best food to impress the husband and his family. The idea of a diet food or low calories food is blown away. Cream, butter, ghee etc are used in liberal amounts to make the food tasty. Deliciously cooked food generally increases the portion intake.
- Eating in company
Many times people tend to pick up their partners eating habits and their appetites as well. This in turn leads to weight gain.
The newly wedded bride has to set her schedules all over again and make a new routine for herself. Urban women have to schedule themselves according to their office timing, make time for cooking meals etc. With such hectic schedules exercising takes a back seat till the schedules are duly set.
It has been women who are married have already found their dream partner. This is the main reason that there is little or no incentive to maintain her attractiveness. They tend to let themselves go. This is an important reason why weight gain after marriage becomes inevitable.
Ways to control weight after marriage.
Since all the reasons of weight gain after marriage are preventable. Married women can control their weight post marriage by making simple changes in their daily routine.
It is important to monitor what you eat and how much you eat to maintain your ideal weight. Relish your food but eat in moderation. Do not overeat.
If you are determined to maintain your weight, you can spend time with your partner walking, or jogging together. The precious time spent together will help you in maintaining your fitness.
- Join an activity class.
If you do not enjoy exercising, or going to the gym, you can join a swimming class together or optional enroll yourself to a dance class. You will enjoy working out in each other’s company and at the same time maintain your fitness levels.
When the two of you exercise together, there are lesser chances of getting bored of the activity. The partners motivate each another and hence the exercise regime last for a longer duration.
It is important to continue your routine of having dinner early. Do not wait for your partner or there are chances that you may munch on snacks and end up overeating and consuming extra calories. You can accompany your partner by sitting with him and talking to him while he finishes his meal.
You can cook low cal food and serve them in fancy crockery’s and enjoy healthy food at home. Avoid eating junk food or high calorie food from the restaurant while in each other company. If you cannot avoid eating at restaurants or at parties choose your options wisely. Always order a soup and salad before the main course.
Though marriage brings in happiness, it is suggested that you keep way from the happy weight. People who get married might gain weight because of their weakened motivation for keeping body weight down.
If you wish to maintain your fitness there is nothing that can stop you from achieving your goal.