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If you thought that happily ever after came in the form of marriage, according to researchers it also comes in the form of weight gain, with a new study revealing that wedded bliss makes you fat!
Apparently married couples have a higher body mass index (BMI) than those who are single and are less inclined to participate in sporting activities. What’s more, while lovebirds were found to eat better, they still weighed significantly more.
The study, conducted by the University of Basel and the Max Planck Institute for Human Development, compared the body mass index of married couples with that of singles in nine European countries and examined possible reasons for weight gain by investigating their eating and exercise behaviours.
What they found was that while couples were more inclined to buy more unprocessed foods and less convenience foods, they exercised less and weren’t necessarily healthier. Ralph Hertwig, a director at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin, explained to the Daily Mail: “Our findings show how social factors can impact health.
“In this case, that the institution of marriage and certain changes in behaviour within that context are directly related to nutrition and body weight.”
Another study that basically proves that you’re doomed for weight gain after marriage was published by Forza Supplements in 2013. The survey, which polled 1000 people, found that tying the knot caused couples to put on an average of 2kg in their first year of marriage, with the comfort of a stable relationship causing them to leave their healthy habits at the altar.
What’s more, this number then progressed over time with couples stacking on over 6kg in less than four years after saying “I do.” The main reason came down to staying in together and snacking while watching TV, however it was also found that people who had settled down felt less pressure to look good as they were no longer seeking a partner.
Surprisingly, 72 per cent of respondents agreed on this and admitted that the pressure to stay slim was far greater when they were single, suggesting that marriage is a good excuse to let yourself go!
So, is the comfort and social habits associated with marriage doing more damage than good? According to Lee Smith, managing director of Forza Supplements, becoming too content with ‘the one’ can result in health consequences.
Speaking to the Daily Mail when the study was released, he said: “We are all looking to find ‘the one.’ But the comfort this brings can wreck many people’s diets.”
“It is quite staggering that many couples are a stone heavier less than four years on from their wedding day. What is also striking about the research is how married men and women’s weight tends to go up in tandem. If one half is letting themselves go, so is the other.
“On a more positive note, if the husband or wife decides to diet, so does their other half.”
So there you have it, do you think you’ll get married any time soon?
If you are a bride-to-be, don’t miss out on packing the essentials on your wedding day. We have created the ultimate survival kit packed with the absolute must-haves which every bride needs before walking down the aisle.
Choose a small, discrete clutch to store some of these products which you and all the bridesmaids will be using throughout the entire day.
Especially if you suffer from extremely dry skin, or your wedding is taking place in a hot, humid climate, then this is most definitely the number one essential. Use it as a toner before applying makeup, setting your fake-tan in place, adjusting your hair, or even applying over your body to cool down before walking down the aisle. Almost all thermal waters are all the same, and don’t contain any nasty additives, so they are perfect to use on your wedding day!
Just in case. Your shoes might terrorise your feet throughout the entire day, and it’s always better to carry around a pack of plasters in your survival kit. Choose a waterproof formula which is best because it sticks to sweaty feet (gross, but true), and they will be your holy grail.
While a deodorant might seem like a no-brainer, this is such an important product you should never forget to pack. Just think about standing out in the heat all day long! A spray is easy to use, and won’t stain your dress unlike a roll-on formula which sometimes leaves a nasty white residue on clothes. Quickly dab the area with a tissue to remove an excess product after each application.
Can you imagine all the crying you and the bridesmaids will be doing during the speeches and ceremony? A pack of mini eyedrops are a must-have since they will remove any redness, and won’t show that you were crying in the wedding photos. Phew!
If you suffer from oily skin, then blotting paper should be one of the first items to add into your kit. These thin pieces of paper soak-up any oil on the surface of the skin, and create a flawless base for pictures. No need to carry around a translucent powder which will only make your face look thick and cakey.
What are some of your essentials?
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An estimated 116, 000 weddings take place in Australia each year. That equates to a hefty price for postage, for wedding invitations alone! But, of course, every bride would be willing to fork it out to ensure that the best day of her life is complete and utter perfection.
For some brides, the wedding invite acts a teaser for what is to come – it reveals to guests snippets of what to expect, without disclosing everything.
Traditional wedding invites are just that – traditional. No one wants a typical, been-there-done-that wedding invitation! Invites now come in all shapes and sizes, with all sorts of designs. So go on, amaze your guests with these seven wedding invitations that your friends wouldn’t have!
1. 3D pop-up wedding invitations
Stand out with these 3D pop-up cards that are taking the market by storm! 3D Cards is an online store that offers intricate 3D pop-up cards that are laser-cut and then assembled by hand. Your guests will love these innovative and beautifully handcrafted wedding invites!
2. Vintage is in, and so are your invitations
Transform old gadgets into funky invitations, like these classic custom-made View-Master wedding invitations. Your invites will look sentimental and classic, and be a ton of fun for your guests to peek into! They are completely customisable, and so cute!
3. Look beyond the page, try something new
Why not try a new printing technique with your wedding invitations? Many couples are now printing their wedding invites on materials other than paper, such as wood, fabric and even metal! The end result: a super cool wedding invite that looks worthy of being framed!
4. Add a personal touch with DIY invitations
Be quirky and creative, and get started on making your own wedding invitations! Not only will this save you money, but you can also add your own personal flair to it. There are plenty of designs to choose from – vintage, rustic, elegant, and more! This is your chance to showcase your craft skills, and personalise your invitations.
5. Chocolate. Always chocolate
What would be better than receiving an invitation for your friend’s special day? Not much else, except quite possibly receiving an invitation in the form of a chocolate bar! Satisfy your guests’ tummies before they even get to your wedding with these quirky and delicious chocolate bar wedding invites!
6. Useful wedding invites
Let’s be realistic, your wedding invites will most likely end up crinkled and torn in a corner somewhere, or even become a makeshift coffee mug coaster. Put your mind at ease by giving your guests a wedding invite they can use! These awesome invitation boxes unfold to make a candleholder, and provide the guests with all the details of the wedding!
7. Folded map invitations
Do you and your partner both have incurable wanderlust and a constant crave for seeing the world? These beautiful map invites are easy to make and also pretty to look at! Share your love of travelling by customising these invitations with the places you and your partner have been, or even by marking the location of where your wedding will be held.
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Calling all soon-to-be brides! Look your very best on your wedding by incorporating a few of our secret beauty hacks for the big day. Focusing mainly on hair, makeup, and skincare this post is entirely dedicated to making you look and feel your best on the most important day of your life.
1. Facial scrub
Use a mild facial scrub 2-3 days before your wedding, since this will help to cure your skin of any impending dry patches. Choose a product which is specially formulated to your skin tone, which won’t dry out your skin, or break you out before the wedding.
Keep the skin on your face and the rest of you body heavily moisturised. Concentrate the cream into problem areas such as eyebrows, t-zone, elbows, knees, ankles and feet. Keeping your skin hydrated is the best way to avoid stubborn dry patches which could compromise a flawless base and an even fake tan.
3. Puffy eyes
Keep puffy eyes in control by using a face mask in the lead up to your wedding day. Use a moisture boosting face mask which will help to diminish any puffiness under your eyes, and leave the rest of your skin looking and feeling hydrated. Alternatively, you can also place 2 frozen spoons over your eyes to de-puff on the eve of your wedding.
A few days before your wedding, use a deep-conditioning hair mask which will lock in moisture and keep your hair looking smooth and shiny. There are many homemade masks you can prepare yourself, which are natural and still offer great results. Honey, chamomile and avocado are all fantastic ingredients you can add into your own mask.
If you see a spot or bump showing up on your skin, don’t freak out and definitely don’t pop it yourself. If it’s small, just apply a small amount of toothpaste over the infected area. The best way to do this is with a cotton tip, which won’t get any product on the rest of your face. Although some women prefer to leave this on overnight, 1 hour should be enough to wipe away the pimple completely.
6. Face serum
Start using facial oils just a few nights a week as part of your night time routine. Focus the serum on your forehead, chin and cheeks making sure to use 1-2 drops for these areas. Don’t forget about the neck – always swipe up when using skincare products to avoid premature wrinkles. Serums are great since they help control oil, and fix uneven skin tones.
7. Trim your hair
Go into your usual hairdresser and ask for a trim which will help to eliminate any nasty split ends from your hair. Now is not the time to be adventurous and switch up your entire hairstyle, since it may be difficult to manage by the time your wedding day arrives.
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