Here's How Much Weight the Average Person Gains During a Relationship

It's more than you'd think.

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When in you're in a serious relationship, it's normal to pack on a few extra pounds. After all, you're no longer motivated to maintain a slim physique to attract a potential partner, and neither of you are going to notice a little belly fat when blinded by love's rose-colored goggles. (Plus, it makes sense that'd you'd rather skip your morning gym routine in order to snuggle in bed, even though studies have shown that it's beneficial to have sex before a workout.)

Now, a new survey of 2,000 Americans conducted by market research firm OnePoll on behalf of Jenny Craig has revealed just how much "relationship weight" people usually gain—and it's more than you might think. The average survey respondent apparently gained a whopping 36 pounds since they started their dating their partner, gaining 17 of those pounds in the first year alone.

As one would expect, 64 percent of respondents blamed the weight gain on the fact that they didn't feel pressured to be at their fittest once they were out of the dating game, though another 41 percent blamed eating out more, and 34 percent said it was due to ordering takeout and eating at home.

On one hand, those lovehandles are a good sign, as one longterm study of 169 couples found that people married couples who gain weight seem to be happier in their relationship than those who do not. On the other hand, it's worth remembering that looking good isn't the primary purpose of exercising and maintaining a good diet. Leading an active, healthy lifestyle improves your brain function, boosts your heart health, enhances your mood, and helps you live longer. And nothing says "I love you" like taking good care of your health so you can enjoy many years with your partner.

The good news is that your beloved can actually serve as a secret weight-loss weapon. For more on this, check out The Ripple Effect: Here's Why Your Partner's Weight-Loss Efforts Help You.

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Diana Bruk
Diana is a senior editor who writes about sex and relationships, modern dating trends, and health and wellness. Read more
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