I remember a time when couples happily gained relationship weight together. They’d sit on their sofa, cuddled up to their loves while munching on potato chips. They’d smile at one another and kiss the grease. They’d pass up a night with friends to watch movies all night long and eat a tub of Haagen Dazs.
Now we play Candy Crush on our smart phones while a movie plays in the background. We Instagram photos of our love (guilty) as he waits for us to cuddle with him on the sofa (guilty, again). We are obsessed with inspirational quotes, hashtags (they’ve changed my life, #sorrynotsorry), and creating a fabulous life on social media. And that includes sharing food pics, recipes, and weight loss routines.
But are we truly honest about everything on social media, especially regarding weight and food? Of course not! You don’t post a photo of a bag of Doritos; you post the smoothie that you made the following day because you feel guilty about the bag of Doritos. So, how much weight do .lbs have on relationships? Do we really want to be with someone that juices and only eats organic, or do we prefer to be with the stud on the sofa with potato chip crumbs on his t-shirt?
According to a recent POF survey, most men and women don’t want the extreme. The PlentyOfFish survey targeted health conscious men and women in 10 of the fittest cities to reveal insight into on how singles view fitness and diet when it comes to romantic relationships. Though we all may share “you can do it” quotes alongside a photo of a cleanse on Facebook, 70% of women and 75% of men in this study don’t want to date someone on a gluten-free, low/no carb or vegetarian diet. 47% of singles surveyed also don’t want to date a vegan. I mean, they don’t even eat eggs!
The study also found that women are still pressuring themselves to lose weight for men. Some women even deprive themselves of food to look their “best” on a date. 22 percent to be exact. It isn’t surprising as 32% of men admitted to pressuring a woman to improve her eating habits.
What does this all mean? That not even the healthiest people in America are as weight and diet conscious as we’d like our followers and “friends” to believe. Now, get off your phone. Go cuddle with your hombre and eat another pint of Haagen Dazs. You know you really want to.