Losing weight with your honey is not always sweet
A few years ago my husband and I decided to go on Weight Watchers together. It seemed like a great idea: We both had some pounds to shed, and doing it together meant we had built-in support and agreement on which foods we would eat -- and which we'd bar from the house.
It was fun at first, and we both lost a couple of pounds right away. But then things got kind of ugly, at least for me. Why was he losing so much more weight than I -- and so much faster -- even though he was eating way more food than I was? Of course I was happy for hubby and proud of his achievement. When I didn't want to strangle him.
The harsh truth, as I write in this week's "Eat, Drink and Be Healthy" column, is that men generally lose weight more quickly and easily than women. Their larger frames carry more lean muscle mass, which makes them burn more calories. And, my sources tell me, they tend to hunker down and attend to the job of losing weight in a more determined, focused way than women do.
For some people, such as those who take part in the Biggest Loser: Couples series, the sense of competition, even with a loved one, might boost their motivation and drive them to work harder at losing weight. I wish I were one of those people. I just felt a bit defeated; it wasn't too long before I was ready to give up.
Have you tried losing weight with your spouse or partner? How'd that work out for the two of you?
Jennifer LaRue Huget
March 23, 2010; 7:00 AM ET
Categories: Family Health , Nutrition and Fitness , Obesity
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