Remember the days when we used to form a group and wait in front of the principal’s office to be reprimanded? Rather than feeling ashamed for our mistake we have never minded getting a lecture for the sole reason that we were together as a group! Its always easier or simpler to fight for justice, do some mistake, experience something new or gain attention when we do it together rather than individually. Weight loss also falls in this category. If you’ve been on a weight loss mission along with your better half its high time that you rethink over it. Now don’t be annoyed that I’m letting you into two different school of thoughts simultaneously. As you read through below things become clearer.
Two Souls with One Goal
There is a possibility for two different outcomes when couples try to lose weight together: either it could take you to another level where both of you end up losing the desired weight or push you into gutters as your relationship becomes jeopardized. Weight loss is the most-commonly desired New Year resolution but a difficult one to accomplish unless the individual involved is dedicated and passionate about it. A study published in the journal Health Communication has left readers impressed with the fact that couples who exercise together lose weight together.
Weight loss involves creating healthy eating habits, working out together and improving relationships by caring for each other’s exercise routine, supporting each other through the journey, enjoying the company and being outspoken about difference of opinions, if any. The study was conducted on 389 individuals who were living with their partners and focuses on the individual’s partners’ approaches to weight loss. Finally, the researchers identified four different ‘relational environments’ after analyzing the response of the participants. This included ‘synchronized’ where both partners were together as a team and carried a positive attitude towards weight loss, ‘lone battlers’ where both the partners executed least team efforts and were facing greatest relationship strains (this group mostly never discusses about weight loss), ‘contentious cooperatives’ were those who were in between ‘synchronized’ and ‘lone battlers’ and these couples face conflicts sometimes and finally the ‘autonomous’ individuals who receive irregular encouragement from their partners without any other interference from them.
Most common weight loss strategies practiced by these couples included:
Competition is a great motivator, but it should be focused and not leave the relationship strained. There are other studies that show that when one of the partners try to lose weight the other too ends up losing a few kilograms though he/she might not be actively involved in the process. But couples who wish to lose weight together must be cautious in their attempt. It is advisable to align your approach with the relational environment otherwise there is a lingering danger of unrest. Couples who workout the best relational environment and support techniques from their partners made effective progress comparatively. Such an effort helps the couple improve their relationship as well their weight loss efforts.
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Dietitian & Nutritionist Dr. Nafeesa Imteyaz.