THE BIG RELATIONSHIP
YOU’VE MET THE ONE WHO MAKES YOUR HEART SWELL... WITH YOUR JEANS SIZE!
Trap # 1
You’ve gone from restaurant trips and conversation to TV dinners and enforced silence during Law & Order. ESCAPE IT: Remember those early days when you’d linger for hours over a meal and, you know, talk to each other? It’s time to go back to that. “Research in the journal Appetite found people who ate while watching TV snacked around 69 percent more a few hours later,” says Lambert. Slow things down by spending an hour over dinner, preferably at a table. The slower and more aware of your eating you are, the more satisfied you’ll feel. Also, try chewing more thoroughly. A study by Iowa State University in the US found doubling the number of times you chew reduced food intake by 15 percent.
Trap # 2
Officially this phenomenon is called “dietary convergence”. Unofficially it’s called “man portions”. ESCAPE IT: “Have what he’s having, but reduce the portion or tweak it,” says Lambert. You’re looking at serving up between two-thirds and three-quarters of his plate. Need help on the control front? A study in the Journal of Marketing Research found people ordered 39 percent more kilojoules when sitting in restaurants with low light. Why? Because we feel more alert in brighter rooms and are therefore more likely to make healthier decisions. So either crank up that dimmer switch or splash cold water on your face before serving. Easy!
Trap # 3
You’re the proud co-creator of a foetus – and making the most of that old eating-for-two theory. ESCAPE IT: Hate to break it to you, but “in the first trimester, you don’t need to increase your kilojoules by much at all, certainly by no more than 850 kilojoules a day,” says Charlie Launder, a specialist in pre- and post-natal training. While aerobic exercise into the late stages of pregnancy has been associated with shorter and less-complicated labours, Launder is a big fan of strength training. “Keeping joints strong will help protect your body against weight gain.” Talk to your doc before starting anything new for a happy baby and bod.