Commitment is linked to weight gain finds a new study published in the July issue of the journal Obesity. Just what is it exactly that makes it so easy to pack on pounds once commitment enters the picture?
Just in case you needed another reason not to get married, scientists at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) have come up with a big one: marriage makes you fat. And not just a little bit. According to their research, married people are twice as likely to become obese as those who are merely dating.
Poll: Have I Put On Weight?: A resounding NO – even if it’s not entirely true! The truth. Go ahead, I can take it There just isn’t a right answer to this one. It’s a lose-lose situation.
According to a recent study by Texas A&M University in College Station, birth control pills may be the culprit behind a body that refuses to get toned. Researchers recruited 73 women, all between the ages of 18-31, and had them do identical workouts and eat the same amount of muscle-building protein for ten weeks. At the end of the session they compared and contrasted, and found that ladies who popped oral contraceptives had 60% less new muscle mass generated than those who didn't. Uh oh. But why? According to researchers, these ladies had lower levels of anabolic hormones in their blood (they influence muscle growth) and higher levels or cortisol (the stress hormone), which decrease muscles and encourage flab.
Simply put, overweight people can count on having more and better sex if they lose weight. Weight gain causes a number of hormones to get all wacky and lower libido. It also is a leading cause of erectile dysfunction. Losing weight makes junk look more majestic. And obviously, feeling more desirable and fit definitely cranks up the confidence and that's the sexiest thing of all.
Seth Rogen has come out. (No, not out of that closet! But let's face it: the nice guys never make the tabloids!) More literally, the "Knocked Up" star has come out of hiding as a fro-rockin, chubby –but always charming– geek to reveal his leaner, greener self; his weight loss served as preparation for his upcoming role as lead in the big screen adaptation of "The Green Hornet", according to a Celebitchy report. "I certainly don't feel like a movie star – not in this body anyway," Rogen told the UK’s "Independent" in September. "I think when you do comedy, you play by a different set of rules. No one really wants you to be in that good shape. Being in good shape implies a level of vanity that isn't necessarily funny." Well, we still think he's funny. And that he's never looked better.
Last month during an intimate girls' night in, I publicly posed the question that many overweight women wonder but never say aloud: "Is someone only going to marry me to get US citizenship?" I don't mean to knock cross-cultural love, but the fear I'd always had confronted me a few days before. A woman I knew, a good-looking gal with a great job and also about a hundred excess pounds, just got engaged to a weird-looking guy who I don't think speaks English. And, apparently, my fears are pretty commonplace among bigger gals.
Studies show getting in shape (or staying in shape) as a couple increases mutual weight loss, sexual satisfaction and overall happiness in the relationship. Not to mention the personal rewards that being active reaps. Case in point: try keeping a dry eye while watching the proud faces of NBC's The Biggest Loser contestants who have melted off mega pounds. Even mild exercise, like hiking or going to the driving range, can add a new element to your dinner-and-a-movie dating repertoire. And, imagine how much better tag-teaming a 5K instead of a Jumbo popcorn feels
Not everyone needs a Valentine. In fact, in a lot of ways you're better off without one. Did you know that single women: do less housework, earn more money, gain less weight, and orgasm more often from masturbating than their married friends? On top of that, they don't have to pretend to like gifts and can find Mr. Right any time they want...
The New York Post reported today that thin couples have hotter sex lives, according to a recent Readers Digest poll. Forty-five percent of men and 46 percent of women believed that losing weight would improve their sex lives. I can’t say I’m completely surprised, although one quote in particular really stood out: “Twenty-six percent of women who are overweight would much rather eat live bugs than let their partner watch them walk out of a well-lit room naked.” Eek.
A recent study came out showing that women with a Body Mass Index above 29 or in the obese range have problems becoming pregnant. Many scientists have a problem with BMI but this thing appears to have some strong correlation. Another reason to lose a little weight or another thing to feel badly about?