How Does Being In A Relationship Affect Your Body?

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Kelly Clarkson is slimming down for her new man -- but do most of us get fatter when coupled up?

In case you haven't heard, Kelly Clarkson has a new boyfriend (who just happens to be Reba McEntire's stepson, Brandon Blackstock), and she's also looking noticeably slimmer lately. Coincidence? She says no:

"I have a boyfriend, and if I'm being completely honest, no one likes to be not toned when you are dating someone. I'm eating better and working out, but I've always fluctuated within 20 pounds. I tone whenever I want, and I chose to now because my boyfriend and I are both really into it. But we don't work out together. We did that once and I didn't like huffing and puffing. I didn't like looking all red and gross, so I don't do that."

This got me thinking about how our relationship status often affects our bodies and body image… Conventional wisdom says that people in relationships usually gain weight, thanks to a variety of factors like high-calorie date nights and skipping yoga in favor of snuggling at home.

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Written by Winona Dimeo-Ediger for The Frisky.

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