From One to Two
Sarah Reid, RHNC
Being in a loving relationship is a wonderful thing – someone to cheer you up when you’re down, help with all those “little” things that fall by the wayside, an excuse to go for those long walks on the beach, and unfortunately, an excuse to stop for an ice cream cone or share a pizza afterwards. Whether you call it unfair (for the women out there) or poetic justice (some of the more cynical men prefer this), the fact remains that the female body is not designed to eat like men. Keep matching him slice for slice, pint for pint and wing for wing, though, and soon only one of you will start packing on the pounds. You aren’t resigned to this, though, as long as you spot your “cheats”, make a few spot alterations and keep going for those strolls.
Since men, in general, are bigger than women – taller, heavier and with a higher muscle : fat mass ratio, it’s logical that they need to eat more. It may surprise you just how much more they actually should be getting. Unlike women, who to maintain their weight and health should consume roughly 1600 calories daily, males can need as much as 2800 – letting them have that extra beer with his plate of loaded nachos and a scoop of ice cream with his meal and not feel a thing. The tradeoff for this “eat anything” capability is that men are also inherent speed-eaters, so they often get hungrier sooner and overeat in the long run. While women might not be able to pile their plates with steak and potatoes, they can extend their dining experience by eating mindfully, slowly and – if craving the appearance of “equal plates” – loading up on the vegetables. Eating out, ladies can opt for two appetizers instead of a gigantic entrée, or have one “bulky” appetizer (like the pasta in Italian restaurants, or a bowl of mussels) and still share dessert! Smaller plates at home also help to trick the mind, and regardless of where you eat, a brothy soup and garden salad with dressing on the side is a great way to start into the meal (and helps you eat less overall!).