This Couple Lost 308 Pounds Together by Following One Simple Rule
Search "#relationshipweight" on Twitter or Instagram and you'll see hundreds of posts from people who have put on a few pounds since entering a relationship. Whether you turn into a Netflix and wine kinda couple, love going out to eat together or just stop caring as much about impressing dates, it's no surprise when a few pounds creep up.
For one couple though, a few pounds turned into more than a hundred, and three years into their marriage, they were each up to 350 pounds. Bo and Amber Wagner told U.K. newspaper the Daily Express that frequent fast food trips, snacking on pizza rolls and corn dogs and a habit of drinking several sodas a day contributed to their weight gain.
It was all good and fine for awhile, but eventually, their weight started to put a strain on the relationship. When Bo lost his job and they discussed divorce for the first time, they realized they had hit rock bottom. The fear of breaking up led them to change their lifestyle and implement a few easy rules to start losing weight.
The first rule almost seems too simple: Amber only allowed herself to have seconds for dinner if she got up off the couch to get them. Before, she used to eat five or six hot dogs in one sitting. But by putting one portion on her plate and then forcing herself to get up if she wanted more, she was less likely to overeat. At their biggest, walking to the kitchen was difficult, so it made a big difference.
The next decision they made was to cut out red meat and replace it with turkey. Within a month, they each lost 20 pounds. From there, they stopped drinking soda and banned fast food, though their diet still contains some homemade comfort foods, like peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and cheese enchiladas.
The couple works out together for an hour each morning, and spends any extra money on activities with their two kids instead of meals out.
Together, they lost a combined 308 pounds – 196 for Amber and 112 for Bo – and are feeling much stronger in their relationship.
"Losing weight has 120% improved our relationship," Amber told Express.
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