As you walk away from singlehood and enter into wedlock, there are many changes that take place in a life of a couple. According to a study published in a daily journal ‘The Obesity’, 82% couples average weight gain after marriage up to 5-10 kg after 5 years of their marriage and this increase of weight is mostly seen among women. (Source) Interestingly, couples who live together but are not yet married did not experience any major weight gain issues. So, is marriage the problem? Is weight gain after marriage an issue?
1. Feasting with fun after the wedding
You diet to fit into the wedding outfit. Once the wedding is overaover you’re set for the honeymoon, that’s when the feasting starts. With a companion in tow, you have all the reason to sample a variety of cuisines. As you settle into the new life and routines, the frequency of eating out increases. As a couple, you have meals together and most women end up preparing delicacies that are as fattening as they are delicious.
2. Plenty of sex changes the equation
You might have made out with your partner before marriage. But once married, sex is just a hug away. In the initial years, you end up having sex more often. While sex itself is known to burn carlories but cravings after sex…you know what they do! After an exhaustive sex session, you crave cakes, ice creams and anything sweet. And this is sure going makes you think – does sex make women fat? Well, now you know why fitting into old college tank top seems like a dream once married. Yes sex and it’s aftermath is one of the reasons women put on weight after marriage.
3. Daily routine goes for a toss
There are no particular routines to be followed when you are single. As a married woman, you have to cook, clean and manage a home and a new family. You hardly get time to think about yourself. Everything in your life is dictated by the needs of the family, leaving very little or no time to spend on your well being. One starts to place the responsibilities before, and women give up on working out or hitting the gym. That is when weight begins to head northwards.
4. Stress level increases
While managing personal and professional life, you pass through stressful times. When one is stressed, you either end up eating too much or too little, which automatically shows in the body weight. Stress also brings about changes in the metabolism of the body, making you gain weight easily. Stress leads to weight gain after marriage.
5. Sedentary lifestyle and neglect
With all your energies focused on managing the house and family, you look for a comfort zone. The only physical exercise is doing household chores. that too only of you do not have any hired help/ With no exercise, your body piles on the fat and women end up looking bulky. Ironically, most women don’t even realise that they are getting into the ‘I am not fit’ zone.
6. Metabolic rate reduces
Nowadays, youngsters prefer getting hitched after crossing 30 years. According to age health experts, after 30, the metabolic rate starts decreasing and people gain more weight. With hormonal changes taking place within the body after marriage, it becomes a challenge of sorts to maintain ideal body weight. This is more so for women, who gain more weight than men. This is why it is normal to gain weight after marriage.
7. Socialising and peer pressure
Once married, party invitations keep coming and as a couple, you end up attending most of them. Call it a social obligation or being courteous, you go to the parties just to register your presence. Once at the party all you do is eat, dance and be happy. This is when you experience average weight gain after marriage. Devouring party food guilt-free is one thing, but what about the extra kilos?