While being in a relationship is certainly a happy thing for most people, it turns out there’s at least one major downside. According to new research, being in a couple will likely result in folks piling on the pounds.
A new study out of University of Queensland, Australia, which lasted more than a decade, determined that being in a relationship makes people fatter. The study looked at data of more than 15,000 people, and found that those with a long-term partner weighed, on average, 12.7 pounds more than single folks, and showed an average weight gain of 3.9 pounds per year.
So why does being in a couple make people fat? Well, the researchers speculate it could have to do with couples having a commitment to regular family meals, and that they tend to eat larger portions and more calories when they are with someone than if they were alone. Plus, always having someone to go out to dinner and drink with can add the poundage. And most importantly, not having to go out often to impress people could result in couples letting themselves go.
“When couples don’t need to look attractive and slim to attract a partner,” lead author Stephanie Schoeppe explains, “they may feel more comfortable in eating more, or eating more foods high in fat and sugar.”
Source: New York Post
It’s no secret that folks these days have all sorts of places to find great content to watch, and it seems now more than ever, folks are turning to streaming services to be entertained.
A new report by Deloitte finds that 55% of U.S. households pay for at least one streaming service, which represents a 450% increase since 2009. What’s more, the average household actually subscribes to three services, which translates to consumers shelling out $2.1 billion a month for streaming video on demand. It’s so popular, that 48% of folks in the U.S. watch streaming content every day or weekly, with the average consumer spending 38 hours per week on video content.
And while this is good news for streaming services, it’s bad news for Pay TV. The survey finds that 63% of households still subscribe to Pay TV services, which is down from 75% last year. As for why those numbers may be declining, 46% of subscribers say they are unhappy with their service, while 70% feel they get little for their money. And for those who do have it, 56% say the only reason they keep it is because it’s bundled with their Internet access.
Sometimes at the end of a long, stressful day, we like to unwind with a glass of wine or three. And as blissful as that can be, alcohol isn’t the only way to take the edge off. It turns out, it can actually make things worse because it can disrupt sleep and increase anxiety later on, which can lead to a nasty hangover. So when you want a healthier way to relax, try one of these nutritionist-approved ideas.
- Use your weekends to relax and rest your body - Instead of meeting for drinks, go to a yoga class or for a long walk with your bestie.
- Set your social media boundaries - Believe it or not, social media can increase stress, so find some rules that work for you and stick to them. Cutting yourself off an hour before bedtime can dramatically improve sleep and that beats more time on Insta any day.
- Indulge in a self-care day - Give yourself a day, or even part of a day, to sleep in, cook delicious, nutritious food, and push aside emails and social media while you do something fun for yourself.
- Choose early nights when you can - You’re less likely to think about needing a drink when you’re at home doing your own Zen thing with a good book or movie.
- Create a peaceful night-time routine - Light a candle, do some stretching, have a bath, read, and watch your favorite show.
- Cut back on caffeine - As much as we love our coffee, it can increase stress and anxiety. So if you’ve been overdoing it with the buzzy brew, try to cut back to one cup a day and drink it before 10am.
- Taking Magnesium powder at night - It’s good for the nervous system, which can help lower stress and even help you sleep better.
- Trade in your intense sweat sesh for yoga, Pilates, or a walk in nature - All exercise is good for you, but these are stress-relievers, too.
Source: Women's Health
Spring is officially here, but spring cleaning isn’t just for your closet or pantry, you can give your relationship some seasonal attention, too. Here are some tips to refresh your love life this spring.
Pick one “radical” act of forgiveness - So your sweetie leaves his towel on the bathroom floor each and every time he showers and your nagging tactics just aren’t working? Maybe try to let it go. If you and your partner always have one inconsequential fight over and over, wouldn’t you rather banish it forever?
Set boundaries around distractions - At the end of a long day, it’s easy to zone out in front of the TV or scroll through your phone mindlessly, but it’s not doing your relationship any favors. So create some parameters to guide you, like no phones in the bedroom, and try to be more present when you’re with your boo.
Stop negative comments in their tracks - Venting about the fight you had with your sister can help you deal with it and move on, but voicing every annoyance with life isn’t helpful. So before you blurt out that your bestie is annoying you, your house is too small, or your head hurts, catch yourself and say something positive about your day or better yet, your partner, instead.
Literally spring clean - Life is messy, so dedicate some time to cleaning up your living space. Messiness is scientifically proven to stress us out and we don’t need any more of that. Plus, the reward for all your hard work is coming home to a beautiful place.
We all have that one friend who can’t get enough bacon in their life and for them, there is now bacon-scented hair conditioner. And what shampoo would go best with that? Cheese-scented shampoo, of course. The set is now available from Einstein Bros to make hair smell just like breakfast.
Yes, the bagel restaurant is now selling a set of Cheesy Shampoo and Wakin’ Bacon Conditioner as a promo for their new Cheesy Wakin’ Bacon Breakfast Sandwich. The folks at “Delish” magazine say the bacon “has a smoky, pork-like scent that grows stronger as you suds up,” but describe the Cheesy Shampoo as smelling more like a Buttered Popcorn Jelly Belly.
But if you want to awaken your morning routine with something unexpected that will “get you excited about breakfast,” like Kerry Coyne, SVP of Marketing, Product, and Innovation for Einstein Bros hopes you will, you can get the set for $10 on the Einstein Bros website.