Many people in the pursuit of happiness, are also looking for love. Someone to settle down with, talk to at the end of the day, reach the top shelf and someone to eat with.
But relationships change people’s lives in more way than one. We’ve all heard of gaining so-called “happy weight” when we settle into a routine with a significant other, but is it a real thing?
To understand the ways in which our significant others change us for the better, or worse, UP4 Probiotics surveyed 2,000 people about how their diets, sleep habits and exercise routines changed when they entered into a committed relationship.
Respondents were asked to identify themselves as either the “healthy” or “unhealthy” romantic partner. Nearly half of people dating someone less healthy then they say they eat unhealthy foods more often.
“He loves to get milkshakes and thinks he’s doing me a favor by buying me one. I can’t resist if it brings it to me,” answered one respondent.
But if you’re the unhealthy one in the relationship, chances are your personal eating habits will improve. Sixty-seven percent of those with a healthier romantic partner say they eat healthy foods more often, and the same amount say they eat junk food less often.
“We eat more fruits and salads, which I’m beginning to like more,” answered a second respondent.
When it comes to overeating, it may be no surprise that 38-percent those with an “unhealthy” romantic partner say they tend to over eat more frequently, while 61-percent with a “healthy” romantic partner say they over eat less often and consume smaller portions.
As for waistlines, the scales seem to balance out. Nearly half of respondents with unhealthy partners say they gained weight, while roughly the same amount of respondents with healthier partners say they actually lost weight in the relationship.
It’s only natural that couples in serious relationships not only dine together but cook and often grocery shop as a pair. Just over three-quarters of UP4’s respondents who identified their partners as the healthier ones say they cook together, and 63-percent they even work out with their healthy romantic partner.
“Working out together pushed me to exercise more and go to the gym” answered another respondent.
According to this survey, women are 60-percent more likely to date someone less healthy than they are. But at the same time, they’re also more likely to influence unhealthy habits.
The majority of respondents indicated that they discuss their health habits with their significant other, and many respondents said they do experience some tension in the relationship due to their differences in habits.
But overall, most of our respondents said that they felt influenced by their partners’ health habits—for better or for worse.