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I’ve have become a statistic and it ain’t pretty. 

You know the old adage ‘you are what you eat’? Well, since the wedding I’ve eaten all the baked goods my little heart desired – and then some.  Well, wouldn’t you know it… I now have a muffin top. Yeah, you heard me right. I look like some kind of baked good that resembles a cupcake. Not a pretty site.

 My Detroit Wedding Stats
Average weight prior to the proposal: 130 lbs.
Weight on wedding day: 128 lbs.
Current weight: 140 lbs. (give or take a couple)

I call this phenomenon the Freshman 10 of Marriage. Never in my life have I gained weight with such a vengeance. In the first six months of marriage I’ve been overly enthusiastic about food and quite careless about weight gain.  I find this all to be very, very strange because I’ve always watched what I’ve eaten, eaten in moderation, and I’ve always worked out to some extent.  

Muffin TopThis is not me ppl… not yet

So I did a little meandering online and have come to the conclusion that I’ve become a statistic. Weight gain after marriage seems to be a worldwide phenomenon. 

Let’s get to the why. In my own hungry – I mean humble – opinion, I think it was the time of year and regional location. We married in September in Michigan. Prior to the wedding, it was summer and we were active. Then came the honeymoon in which we slept. we ate. we sunned.  And, when we came home it was pretty much October. It got colder and we became less active. Then came the winter blues. Happens every year. That’s my reasoning.

Now, here’s what the experts say:

In a Time article entitled (get this) “First Comes Love, Then Comes Obesity?,” researchers theorize, after questioning 1,293 couples, that mealtime may become more important than it was when the people were living alone. Gym memberships may not get the same workouts they did before nuptials. And maybe, after months of prepping to squeeze into crinolined and cummerbunded finery, couples just let themselves go. 

This is what the nutrition expert says: While married people tend to be healthier than single people, there is also a tendency to gain weight when you get married or partnered. Why does this happen? It may be due to a reduction in physical activity; it is tempting to stay home and snuggle on the couch with a nice glass of wine. Some people believe that when people find a partner, they may no longer feel the need to pay much attention to their weight. Another reason may be due to the desire to take care of each other and indulge in comfort foods together.

Take a looksie at this study: One in Five Brides Gain Weight After the Wedding It says that women just don’t care as much as they used to about their body image.

Oh, and check out these articles:
It’s official: Marriage leads to weight gain
Cornell studies examine how weight relates to dating and marriage
Gain a spouse and you’ll likely gain some pounds, too

I didn’t think it would happen to me and it has. You best believe I’ll be running my padded arse off this Spring. I’d prefer not to look like my favorite baked good.  Cause like I said, it ain’t pretty.



So, I heard this on the radio last week as I was stuffing my face with a Twinkie.  (Ok, the last part wasn’t true, but I had been thinking about one…)  Yeah, I heard on Detroit’s AM talk radio station WWJ 950 that a study showed one in five brides gained weight after a year of marriage.   

The study which was conducted by Yakult, a Japanese-based yougurt maker, says that roughly 22 percent of brides put on an average of 21 pounds after the wedding!  Of the 3000 brides surveyed, more than half said they no longer worried about their weight and appearance.  Twenty-two percent felt they no longer felt they needed to impress their significant other.

And get this – 21 percent of the bride’s said they had argued with their partner about the additional weight gain! 

And here’s the biggie – The study revealed that more than a third of the women found it difficult to eat healthily during the first year of their marriage because they no longer had the wedding day or honeymoon to motivate them.  And, a Yakult spokesperson from said that some brides seek comfort in food when the face the post wedding anti climax of having the wedding and honeymoon over. 

Interesting, huh?

I have to tell you, I laughed out loud at my desk when I heard this.  Because, well, I put on some weight after my Big Day.  Nothing too noticeable, since I’m wearing Michigan winter clothes.  But, I did.   It’s cold in Michigan and I can’t run three plus miles with the dog anymore.  (Just for the record, we BOTH get flabbier in the colder months)  Not to mention, eating and drinking becomes an indoor sport.  Ha! Look at me making excuses already!  I’ll let you all know if I can shed the pounds come Spring. 

Check this Slim Fast ad out.  I posted it because I love the picture… But, I don’t think Slim Fast is a long term solution to weight loss.  With that said, I can see how someone on this diet program could gain weight after the wedding if they stopped cold turkey and threw their diet out the window.  My advice would be, if you’re going to lose weight for the wedding, think of it as a life style change you can live with well after the wedding, as opposed to a wedding day goal!


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Married September 19, 2009

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I love my guy. I love my town. I could have a torrid affair with every cake, cookie and cupcake I come across. I love sharing a good bottle wine with good people! And, I truly enjoy blogging about wedding finds. Which is why...

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