Let’s say your couch potato partner has recently started getting up early for morning runs, pumping iron in the basement, or knocking back healthy smoothies. You might want to watch him extra-closely: A new study found that a partner’s sudden increased interest in fitness could mean decreased interest in the relationship.
Professor Thomas Klein, of the University of Heidelberg, and his team studied more than 2,000 people ages 16-55 and found that single people weigh less than those coupled. That’s not very surprising, but an unprecedented change in dietary and fitness habits might indicate a desire to look hot for someone else, he says:
“When you are on the lookout for a new partner, people try to be as thin and attractive as possible,” Klein…told the Daily Mail.
So when one half of a couple suddenly shows interest in slimming down, Klein says, it’s often an indicator they’re “preparing for the partner market.’”
So what’s a gym widow to do? Los Angeles relationship expert Leslie Seppinni says this:
“Any time your partner makes a change in front of you, don’t sit back and let it go,” she says. “If out of the blue your partner is no longer a couch potato, you should want to know why.”
We suggest accompanying your partner to the gym or on bike rides. It’s a novel pair-bonding activity, and you’ll look (and feel) better for yourself — or, if worse comes to worst, the next hot guy who catches your eye.
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