I have experienced that people stop making efforts to remain fit and look attractive as soon as they get married. This is one of the many changes that occur in one’s life after marriage. This ultimately results in gaining weight for both partners. Once they have gained weight, they look for the quickest way to lose weight. Everyone is eager to lose weight quickly. They also look for some diet tips for that purpose. I have tried here to list down some of the factors that contribute to weight gain after marriage.
My experience is that marriage does affect body weight and most of the time the weight increases. The list is not final and everyone would have his or her own reasons for this matter.
Being a good cook
One very basic reason that applies to me is that my wife is very caring for the family. To add to it, she is a very good cook. She prepares delicious meals that are often hard to resist. I often eat more than what is actually needed. In my case, this has contributed a lot to gaining weight.
In married life, meals become much more regular than they used to be in bachelor life. People often miss meals when they are single, mainly due to carelessness or business engagement. After marriage, life becomes comparatively regular and smooth. People start taking meals regularly. Both partners care for each other and this has effects on body weight.
Change in routine
Body metabolism also changes after marriage. We feel satisfied and contented. Before marriage, most activities are done outdoor. After marriage, most of the time is spent indoors. We feel happy and contented to be with our partner. Consequently, body metabolism slows down and if we continue taking the same amount of meals, it starts accumulating in the body in the form of fats.
Regularity in life
Often people move into a more structured routine of life. Job nature after marriage also matters. If it is of a continuously sitting nature, the food taken is not utilized completely and starts accumulating in different parts of the body as fats.
Thoughts before and after marriage
Before marriage, staying fit is easy and is not a task at all because body metabolism is fast and active. After marriage, it turns out to be an activity that needs to be done intentionally and consciously. Weight loss motivation decreases greatly after marriage. People are often mistaken. They ignore taking regular exercise as they think life would continue as it was at an earlier age. This is not true. Body requirements keep changing with age. Everything slows down. They need to pay attention to their diet and put in some conscious efforts to remain fit.
The time between meal and mating
One factor involved is mating right after having a meal. The meal takes about 4-6 hours to digest. The doctors recommend there should be a gap of about 3-4 hours before you mate after the meal. Mating just after the meal affects body weight badly as the food is yet not ready for metabolism at the cellular level.
Another major factor is that people just let themselves go easy after marriage. They do not see any attraction to looking smart to attract the opposite sex. They seem to have achieved their goal through marriage. This situation is common in both sexes, male and female. Once the mission is accomplished, no need to worry about how they look. This thinking is a major contributor to gaining weight after marriage.
Pregnancy and childbirth
For women, pregnancy is also a big reason that they gain weight after marriage. During pregnancy, the hormonal changes in the female body contribute to weight gain. It is the body’s natural mechanism to prepare itself for child delivery and later breastfeeding. During and after pregnancy, most women are fed high-calorie foods that lead to more weight gain as the physical activity is much decreased at the time and the never-ending duties towards the baby start. This makes it difficult for the mothers to get up and go for some exercise.
Being a mother in family
Mothers also tend to eat the leftovers of their children in order to avoid wastage of food. All these socio-cultural factors after marriage lead to weight gain among women. It happens largely due to a change in lifestyle and food habits.
In most cultures, many post-wedding celebrations are involved and the couple has to enjoy all those high-fat foods at the parties in order to celebrate their happiness with the rest of the family members, relatives, and friends. This all results in eating more often and more than what is required.
Change in thoughts
The girls, who have restrained themselves from their favorite foods only to remain slim and smart, become lenient about this rule after marriage and no more worry about their looks and figure. This consequently contributes to body weight.
Satisfaction in marriage
A satisfying marriage is positively associated with weight gain. Spouses who are more satisfied tend to gain more weight.
There could be some more reasons as well. I am of the view that marriage does affect body weight. This can only be controlled through cautious efforts to remain fit at every stage of life.