How To Date Without Derailing Your Diet

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Couple feeding each other
Love and love handles don't have to go together.

An exciting romance can be good for your happiness level, but bad for your waistline. According to an Obesity Society study, women who were dating put on an average of 15 lbs over five years, those who were living with a romantic partner gained 18 lbs and the newly married packed on 24 lbs. You spend the most time with your loved one, so you're bound to be influenced by his eating habits, says Lauren Antonucci, M.S., R.D., director of New York City-based Nutrition Energy. This can lead to weight gain since women generally don't need as many calories as men. Here are simple solutions for solving these dating dilemmas.

Dine out without derailing your diet
Dating often goes along with eating out and drinking more. But just because he can polish off an entire pizza doesn't mean you should. To keep from matching your date bite for bite, begin eating after he does, suggests Antonucci. When the food arrives, tell a story to give him lead-time. That way he'll finish first and you'll be less likely clean your plate.

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