Avoid the “Newlywed 15”

Weddings can be a fantastic weight-loss motivator. But marriage? Not so much. Between home-cooked meals, cozy nights on the couch, and the comfort of knowing you’ve found someone who loves you no matter what, it’s not long until many newlyweds start seeing the pounds pile on. In fact, a study from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill found that married twentysomethings gained an average of 6 to 9 pounds more than their single peers.1 But unlike a tacky gift from your Aunt Betty, you don’t have to graciously accept the Newlywed 15. Here are a few simple ways to keep marital bliss from doing a number on your midsection.

Newlyweds Enjoying a Meal

Shut the party down.

Booze at the bachelor party, gourmet cupcakes at the bridal shower, buttered hors d’oeuvres at the cocktail hour, a post-wedding brunch—once your wedding is over, it can be hard to break out of that celebratory mindset. “This habit can be tough to kick,” says Lance Breger, a certified health coach and President of Infinity Wellness Partners. But your honeymoon is a good place to start. That doesn’t mean shacking up at a detox spa—or even abandoning your poolside cabana to slog away on the hotel treadmill. “The goal is to maintain, not gain,” Breger says. “Follow a simple 1-2-3 formula: aim for one hour of physical activity each day, limit alcohol consumption to two drinks a day, and eat three balanced meals each day, which allows you to savor special treats throughout the vacation.”

Set new goals.

Couple RunningFor months, you focused on cutting weight for your wedding—but do you have a game plan after the big day is behind you? “Many couples aim their health and fitness efforts squarely on the date of their wedding, but don’t have any vision for what’s next,” Breger says. To keep from shifting into cruise control, find something else to strive for together. “Successful couples will set their next goal, like registering for a 5K four to six weeks after the wedding.”

This might even be a good time to finally start a round of that Beachbody® program you’ve been eying. FOCUS T25®, anyone?

Don’t share bad habits.

You’re sharing everything from the mortgage payment to the coffeemaker, but don’t let that what’s-mine-is-yours mentality extend to your unhealthy habits. “Two things to keep an eye on are watching too much TV and hanging out on the internet together,” Mary Duke Smith, a personal trainer and fitness instructor in the Washington D.C. area, cautions. “Both of these sedentary behaviors can lead to hours of near-immobility without you even realizing it.” You know when you see a married couple commenting on each other’s Facebook® statuses while they’re sitting right next to each other? Yeah—don’t do that.

Play together.

There’s nothing wrong with falling into a comfy routine, as long as it’s a healthy one. Instead of vegging in front of the TV, get hooked on a hobby you can enjoy together. “Try rock climbing!” Smith suggests. “You need two people—one managing the belay and one climbing—and you have lots of opportunities to practice good communication, build trust, have fun, and get in shape.” Even a nightly walk around the neighborhood will give you time to de-stress and talk without distractions.

Keep a healthy kitchen.

Couple CookingIt’s easy to get into a rut of cooking quick meals and comfort foods, but planning and preparing meals with your spouse can actually be a great way to connect. “Consider taking a cooking class together,” Smith says. Not only will it give you a chance to learn something new together, but it’ll instantly change your diet for the better. “Prepackaged foods often have more salt, fat, and sugar than what you’d cook yourself,” Smith notes. Also, who knows what silly moments can happen when you cook together in the kitchen!

Keep each other in check.

Okay, so what if you notice the Newlywed 15 creeping up? It can be awkward to broach the topic of your spouse’s spare tire, but it’s better to (tactfully!) nip it in the bud before it becomes a health issue. “My husband and I ran into this situation,” Smith says. “We found that focusing the discussion on longevity and the ability do to the things you want to do—rather than on appearance—was most helpful. Be patient and encouraging, and help your spouse find ways to be more active and eat more healthfully.” Well, that . . . and keeping the Doritos® out of the house.

Article from the Beachbody Newsletters.


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MountainGirlJen Leppert is a Full time Mom, Wife, Mountain Girl and fitness coach who works with clients to help them reach their goals. Jen struggled with back pain, boring exercises, and plateaus in her progress for years until she discovered the solution that helped her lose over 30 pounds, over 2 pants sizes and keep it off . Whether you need to lose a lot of weight or a little, or need a way to get out of your rut, or if you want to make an income helping others reach their goals, Jen will help you get the results that you deserve. It is never too late to start.
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