If you are starting to have tighter shirts and hard-to-button pants, take it as a good sign. Because according to science, the best way to tell if a couple is happily in love is by looking at their weight gain.
Can love and happiness make you gain weight?
A new study from the Research on the National Center for Biotechnology Information says that if a couple is satisfied with their relationship, they tend to gain weight. Yes, looks like those flaps on your bod are called love handles for a reason. For the study, the researchers followed 169 couples on their marriage over the course of four years. The couples’ weights were recorded twice a year and were asked about their marital life and overall satisfaction. Through this, they found out that couples who reported happy marriages were the ones who gained weight, while others who lost weight, unfortunately, hit Splitsville.
Can weight gain effect your happiness in a relationship?
The researchers claim that this is because people in stable, happy relationships are not under any pressure to attract another mate for their weight. This leads them to be confident that their partner won’t leave them even if they gain some weight. A confident and stable couple don’t need to impress their partner with their weight instead they love each other. The slim ones in a bad relationship have to maintain their weight or even lose weight so as to continue attracting their mates. But wait, this doesn’t mean that you should go eat three boxes of pizza and drink five bottles of beer a day to ensure long love in your relationship. The researchers also expressed concern over the fact that stable and loving relationships might have a negative impact on health because of the weight gain.
Is there a way that you can keep a happy and stable relationship and lose weight at the same time?
Lead researcher psychologist Andrea L. Meltzer said that couples should pay attention to their weight gain. Partners need to be careful to their weight gain because it can lead to health consequences such as diabetes and cardiovascular diseases. “By focusing more on weight in terms of health implications as opposed to appearance implications,” said Dr. Meltzer. Loving and satisfied couples may be able to avoid potentially unhealthy weight gain over time in their marriage. If you’ve put on a few pounds be happy that you have a stable relationship. Happy couples need to remember to hit the gym and ditch the junk food once in a while. You don’t want to risk your health especially now that you’ve found the one, don’t you?