Looking to lose weight? If you’re dating someone or in a relationship, it can sometimes feel impossible. You’re spending lots of time with your significant other, often eating dinner out at restaurants or getting together for drinks. And though you’re having a good time, the scale just isn’t budging.
When you’re dating someone new, it’s easy for the pounds to pack on. Your daily or weekly routines aren’t as routine and you have less time to devote to meal prepping and exercising. Plus, you’re in a comfortable place which makes losing weight less of a priority.
With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, there’s no better time to start thinking about how you can keep up with both your love life and diet and exercise plan. Here are my five tips for staying on track while dating:
1. Be open and honest
Let your significant other know right off the bat that you’re trying to lose weight and live a healthier lifestyle. There’s no need to get into specifics, like Weight Watchers points or macros of each meal you consume. But making them aware of your goals will allow you to make healthier choices without feeling guilty.
Chances are they’ll understand, and they may even want to join you on your journey. If they don’t support you or have a problem with you staying on track, they probably aren’t the right person for you anyway.
2. Make healthy choices
It’s easy to get lured in by all the cocktails, movie theater popcorn and heavy meals out. But it is possible to make better choices while you’re on a date. Stick to one or two low-calorie drinks, like light beer, a glass of champagne or vodka mixed with seltzer, and skip the popcorn at the movie theater.
At a restaurant, order a meal that’s focused on lean meat and vegetables and definitely not fried. Go for grilled, broiled or steamed instead. Skip the bread basket, and look to see if the restaurant has nutrition information on their website beforehand.
3. Get outdoors
Dates don’t have to be limited to restaurants, movie theaters and bars. Step outside your comfort zone and try a new activity together. Go for a hike together and get your steps in while you’re on the date. Play your favorite sport or go bowling. Go to a museum or race go-karts. Consider taking a class together, such as pottery or cooking.
Use your creativity to come up with new ideas. The possibilities are endless! You may end up finding a new activity that you both love.
4. Cook at home
Instead of going out for dinner all the time, consider taking turns making meals at home. When you’re the cook, you’ll have complete control over the food you eat, and you’ll be able to plan out your whole meal and make sure it fits in your calorie count, points or macros for the day.
Cooking together can also be a fun way to bond and grow closer. You may even luck out and get your partner to do the dishes. It’s a win-win!
5. Maintain your exercise schedule
Don’t let your love life be an excuse to skip your workouts. Make exercise a priority and schedule days and times to work out at the start of each week. If your partner asks to get together during one of your scheduled exercise times, tell them you’re busy. Don’t reschedule your workout – unless you’ll stick to it.
Consider working out together too. Go for a run together, take dance lessons or join a group exercise class. Make your health your main focus, and you’ll be able to both enjoy dating and stay on track.
How do you maintain your healthy lifestyle while dating? Leave your tips in the comments below!