Perform physical activity in family, drink in moderation and avoid fast food, are keys to not gain weight for couples.
According to the survey carried out by the Spanish Society of the Study of Obesity, the Spanish gained an average of 4.5 kg when they have a partner. Findings show there are changes in eating habits as we spend more time with family and partners instead of practicing physical exercise, according to experts from the hospitals Quirónsalud Torrevieja and Valencia
As Dr. Caridad Gimeno, nutrition specialist at the Quirónsalud Hospital Obesity Unit points out, “when we have a partner, especially in the beginning, it is more common to eat out and go out for a drink, which means we move away from the healthiest foods. This is why people with tendency to gain weight could notice a slight increase of weight “.
“In addition,” adds Dr. Gimeno, “in the hospital obesity unit consultations we see that patients who are in content and loving relationships are the ones that tend to gain weight. In fact, a large percentage of this finding is based on the weight they were at the time of the wedding or formation of the stable relationship. “
Another cause of possible weight gain is that some women, especially from the age of 30-35, relax in the physical aspect when they begin a family and upon the arrival of children in addition to the pregnancy, Lack of time for exercise, cooking, etc.
In the case for men, a similar situation occurs because when they take on more domestic and family duties they have less free time and they often do not find time to practice the sports they did when they were single and end up also putting on a few extra pounds.
The specialist recommends increasing physical activity by walking outdoors, going out to play with the children, cycling or taking dance classes, which in addition to staying active will help reinforce the bonds of the couple. Another option would be to sign up together for a cooking course, “where in addition to learning to cook, learn to eat healthier,” he says.
Whether we eat at home or decide to eat out the nutritionist recommends choosing healthy alcoholic beverages such as wine, cava or beer and to consume them in a moderate amounts, forget about fast food and look for restaurants that offer us healthier options.
“The most important thing is not to look for excuses to eat unhealthily, drink in moderation and increase physical activity. This will keep you more at ease with yourself and make your partner happier, “he concludes.
Emotional stress and consequences in cardiovascular health
In the initial phase of falling in love hormones, stress or emotion can lead to some loss of appetite and thus contribute to lower weight. In fact, with each emotion a bodily response is produced, they are not mere mental concepts, but we feel them in our body. According to Dr. Juan Luján, specialist in the cardiology unit of Hospital Quirónsalud Torrevieja, “depending on our condition, if we look, we can feel if our muscles are rigid, if our breathing is faster, if the heart beat is stronger , If we are sweating, or on the contrary, if we feel more relaxed and calm.
In contrast, “negative emotions such as anger, fear, anxiety, all have well-known negative cardiovascular effects and are associated with problems such as hypertension, arrhythmias or myocardial infarction,” notes Dr. Luján.
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