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3 Surefire Ways to Get Your Husband to Lose Weight
I understand your concerns about your husband's weight problem, and you are definitely
not alone. According to studies published in an article in the Journal of Obesity
Research, weight gain after marriage is common among both men and women.
However, if you know the reasons behind your husband's weight gain, you should be
better equipped to reverse it. Before we go on, keep in mind that it does not help
to scold and nag at your man. He will feel ugly, depressed and unloved, which in
turn will lead to more weight gain.
What Can You Do to Make Your Husband Exercise and Lose Weight Fast?
1. Many unmarried men watch their diets and work out regularly to stay in shape simply
because they want to look attractive to a potential life partner. However, once they
found someone, they no longer feel the need to look their best and let themselves
fall off the wagon and ditch healthy lifestyle habits that kept them fit and trim.
Your husband needs to have a real incentive to lose weight and get fitter. You can
help him find motivation to exercise when he just does not feel like getting off
the couch and move. Tell him how great he looked when you started hanging out together,
how important it is to you that he stay healthy and live long enough to see grandchildren
and play with them. The main idea is to let that imaginative visualization drive
him towards a more active lifestyle.
You can buy new clothes – shirts, pants, jeans – a size smaller for your hubby and
use them as weight loss motivational tools to encourage dieting. A subscription on
a men's health magazine also works well.
Additionally, you are more likely to see better results if it involves a joint effort.
Join a gym together, go for walks, play racquet sports together, or any fun activities
that you both enjoy.
2. It sounds bizarre but true, many people eat without being hungry. Quite a number
of men overeat when they are under stress, anxiety, irritation or frustration. Some
eat out of boredom while others eat when trying to give up an addiction such as smoking.
There are also men who take second and third helpings just to please their women
(wife and mother).
If your hubby snacks all day because there is nothing better to do, then find something
for him to do. Get him to help out with housework, mow the lawn, pull out weeds from
the garden, etc. Most importantly, never reward him with food. Instead, give your
man a nice back rub.
If your husband falls under the emotional eating category, you need to talk to him
tactfully and address the problem directly. Men usually do not like to talk about
their feelings/problems the same the same women do. He could be going through a difficult
time at work, facing money worries, or maybe having andropause symptoms like depression
For a husband who is trying to quit smoking, you can help by keeping his hands busy
with Rubik's cube, or challenge his mind with jigsaw or crossword puzzles. You can
also offer your man some crunchy fruits and vegetables to help him stop his unhealthy
3. You love to create new dishes and your hubby loves almost everything that you
whip up. So, how can you get him to eat less and avoid overindulgence?
Take a closer look at the ways you cook for your husband. Some foods are less caloric
and nutritionally better than others. You want to cook healthier with good wholesome
fresh ingredients. Buy healthy, low calorie snacks such as whole grain crackers,
microwavable popcorn, or low-fat yogurt, rather than chocolates, ice cream, and cookies.
For example, replace regular white pasta with whole wheat pasta, eat unpolished brown
rice instead of white rice, and use multigrain bread rather than white bread. These
foods are high in dietary fiber, which will fill up the stomach and hence prevent
your husband from snacking on unhealthy sugary and fatty foods such as potato chips
Switch to low fat options like olive oil spread rather than butter, change to low-fat
Italian cheeses, such as mozzarella and ricotta, and use tomato-based creamy pasta
sauces instead of creamy ones.
Use ground chicken or turkey in place of ground beef and avoid organ meats such as
liver. Incorporating more leafy vegetables into your husband's diet, or substituting
fish (or beans) for red meat is an excellent way to eat healthy. Better yet, go meatless
once a week and see a positive effect on your health.
If possible, cook foods using healthy cooking methods that require little or no oil.
Try to steam, grill, bake, broil, poach or microwave food more often. When dining
out, look out for words on the menu that scream FAT – fried, deep-fried, battered,
sauteed, or smothered.
Before your hubby pop open a can of fizzy drink, offer him V8 vegetable juice, iced
green tea, or just water. Keeping him hydrated will distract him from eating second
helpings and will fill him up after he had his first portion of food.
You can also try to downsize dinner portions to help your man avoid overeating. Use
smaller plates, and remove serving dishes from the table as soon as dinner is over
so as to lessen food temptation.
By Diane Hanson
My husband has been skinny most of his life, however after we got married, he has
ballooned to nearly twice his size. He knows he's getting fat but doesn't care about
how much weight he has gained over the years and I've been trying very hard to get
my husband to exercise and lose weight. I wouldn't call him obese although he seriously
needs to get rid of his paunch belly and bad eating habits. Could you give me a few
pointers on how to deal with this problem? – Pamela, Boston.
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