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Why Do Women Gain Weight During the First Year of a Relationship?

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You’ve undoubtedly heard of the “Freshman 15″ right? It’s the term used for the added weight a college student gains their first year away from home.

It appears weight gain and weight loss is also something that happens when men and women enter the first year of a relationship too.

According to a new study, the average woman will gain seven pounds in the first year of a new relationship, while the average man will drop 4 pounds.

So why does this happen? It’s more than likely the result of the two of you eating most of your meals together, and adjusting your usual portions so you meet in the middle. Women begin to eat more than they did before meeting their man, and men start eating less than they’re typically used to. 

The majority of the women who participating in the study blamed their weight gain on their boyfriend’s bad diet, it’s no secret that men are notorious for doing things like scarfing down an entire pizza at 2 in the morning, or wanting to consume every piece of junk food ever made.

The reverse effect seems to be happening to the guys, they’re benefiting from their girlfriend’s healthier diet. You know the “I’ll just have a salad and a glass of water” diet.

Another big contributor to the weight fluctuation is arguments. Women tend to start eating poorly after a big argument with their significant other. While men are far less likely to “comfort eat” after a big blowout. 

Source: Daily Mail

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