We had a chance to ask Jenna Bergen, author of "Your Big Fat Boyfriend" some questions about her new book. You can read the interview here. We are also discussing this book on this thread in the PEERtrainer community. Here is the press blurb about the book as well which helps to outline the (we think important) premise of the book:
Is Your Man Making You Fat?!
Bad news, ladies. Your guy’s wing-grubbing habits could be rubbing off on you. Research shows women almost always gain weight when in a relationship and pick up the unhealthy eating habits of their partners, while men tend to pick up the healthy habits from the ladies in their life. “It’s not fair, but it’s true,” says Jenna Bergen, author of the new book Your Big Fat Boyfriend: How to Stay Thin When Dating a Diet Disaster. “But love doesn’t have to mean love handles!”
Recently featured on Entertainment Weekly’s “The Must List: 10 Things We Love This Week” and deemed a “Great Read: Not Your Average Diet Book” by People magazine, Bergen—a Spinning instructor and yoga addict, who’s work has been featured in SELF, Men’s Health, Women’s Health and Philadelphia magazine—packs the book with study-backed tips that will help you avoid love-induced lbs. while still having fun with your sweetie. “A guy doesn’t have to be overweight or living off McDonald’s to affect your waistline,” warns Bergen. “It all goes back to size. Men are generally bigger than women and tend to carry more muscle mass, which means he can burn through calories much faster—even if he’s just sitting on the couch.”
The problem? Studies show that simply seeing food can make you hungry, so the second Mr. Right (or Mr. Right Now!) starts snacking or reaching for seconds, it’s all too easy to join him. “Women can gain anywhere from five pounds to 20 pounds or more,” says Bergen, who interviewed over 50 women for the book. “A few pounds isn’t anything to cry over, but when it starts to affect how you feel, how your clothes fit or when it’s a big enough jump on the scale that you’re suddenly at risk for obesity-related health issues like type 2 diabetes, it’s a serious problem.”
Filled with everything from why you can’t eat like a man (and still fit in your pants) to fun ideas for active dates to healthy recipes even veggie-hating BFBs will love, Bergen shares laughs from her own experiences and backs up her advice for avoiding love-induced chub with sound studies. “It’s not about dieting,” says Bergen. “It’s about adopting healthy eating habits for life. There are so many fun, easy things you can do to stay slim, from making regular ‘guy’ food like burgers and fries healthier to using simple tricks to get through all those dinners out and nights on the couch without giving up your favorite pair of jeans. Because in the end, it’s up to you—even if buys three pints of ice cream because ‘they were on sale’ or subjects you to fast-food runs daily. The book really teaches women how to take care of themselves, no matter what their guy eats or how much he might hate the gym—whether he’s a boyfriend, a fiancé or a husband.”