Couples Who Are Happy In Their Relationship Gain More Weight Over Time, Says Science

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I’m sure when you and your special someone became exclusive, there were certain things you knew you were taking on; otherwise, you probably wouldn’t have moved forward and started a relationship. You knew you were getting some baggage, trust issues, an overprotective parent, or a totally different taste in music.

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Who knows? But we bet you weren’t thinking of weight gain being on that list. Yes, we're talking about adding on relationship pounds. Most of us know about this phenomenon, but try to forget about it and focus on the positives instead. 

After all, why would you want to think about not fitting into your jeans after a year of being together, when you can think about being in love instead?

In a study conducted by the University of Queensland in Australia, researchers analyzed 10 years worth of data involving over 15,000 people. The study found that, on average, people in happy relationships weighed 13 pounds more.

You’ve probably heard the age-old argument about why this happens. For those who haven’t, when you’re with someone who has accepted you for who you are (and is favorable of you), you don’t feel the need to stay in great shape anymore. You may make it to the gym here and there, but not enough to be posting pictures on Instagram all summer. This is excluding those who workout because they genuinely enjoy it and do it for themselves.

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If you believe in silver linings, this same study found that happy couples tend to live healthier lifestyles in other ways, such as smoking less and eating less fast food. However, these healthier habits don’t matter as much if you consume a lot of alcohol (high in calories) and are inactive on a regular basis.

Couples in happy relationships tend to be the ones who gain more weight. But there's another interesting find. According to another study done by Southern Methodist University in Dallas, there’s a link between satisfaction and weight gain. Researchers followed 200 newlyweds over the course of four years.

Lead head researcher Andrea Meltzer said, “Satisfaction is positively associated with weight gain. Spouses who are more satisfied tend to gain more weight, and spouses who are less satisfied tend to gain less weight.”

Once again for all the taken people who believe in silver linings, if you’re heavier now than you were before, chances are you’re happier too! Something to work toward is finding a good balance between the weight and the smiles. 

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