You might have noticed that married women tend to put on weight post marriage. Traditionally, they say it’s a “sign of a happy marriage” but it doesn’t help with us maintaining our health and fitness, does it? In fact, the healthier you are will lead you to happier times than vice versa. But why do we gain weight post marriage? Here’s why.
Not the sex!
One of the biggest myths surrounding this weight-gain is that it happens due to the hormones generated after you have sex. Well, it’s wrong. Especially considering some might have had sex before the actual wedding and not gained weight! So, that’s one myth busted. Plus there are no studies that prove that a woman’s breasts or hips enlarge or change shape after a regular sex life.
It’s not semen either!
While there were some who said that it’s the semen ejaculation into the body, but that is not the case either. This claim is also backed by Dr Asha Jain, gynaecologist, who says, “there is no physiological reason why the breasts or hips should become enlarged or disfigured after a woman starts having sex. There is no way that ejaculated semen can get digested and assimilated in the bloodstream. And, in any case, 2-3 ml of semen (average ejaculation) contains only about 15 calories!”
Before and after
If you followed a stringent fitness regime before D-Day to lose weight and then suddenly stop the diet regime and exercises afterwards, this can lead to major weight gain after the wedding.
Food, food and more food
Weddings are a time for the family and relatives to indulge the couple. In India, this more often than not is directly related to grand meals hosted in the couple’s honour. And it’s not just one or two, the couple needs to visit all the relatives at their homes for the new bride to meet her new family, and vice versa. So much food is going to show somewhere, isn’t it? Couples who have been married for two years or longer are more likely to gain weight than their single counterparts, according to a 2012 study published in “Obesity.”
No pressure and security blanket
Before your marriage, you might be pressured or think that you have to be in a particular shape, or look to impress. Post wedding, the need to look a certain way to attract isn’t there anymore so one tends to get a little lax about it.
A research a couple of years back showed that the sense of security and the love and happiness one feels post marriage makes one gain weight.
Is it only women?
That’s not the case! In fact, the study in Obesity claims that newly married women in their early 20s gain an average of 24 pounds in the first five years of marriage and men in the same age group gain an average of 30 pounds during that same time.