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Why Couples Get Fat After Getting Into a Relationship (And How Not To!)

When you meet an old friend after not meeting for several months, the first thing they tell you is: “You have gained weight!” Has this ever happened to you?

Sometimes we blame it on age, lack of time and our decreasing metabolism. Are they just excuses? When couples get together, it’s easy to gain weight. Let us examine why:

1. Change in lifestyle

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Especially when couples first get attached, almost every waking time is spent together hanging out. That’s what we call ‘dating’, right? Trips to the shopping mall, going to the movies, having meals together and ending up feeling too stuffed or tired to exercise after that. And the cycle repeats.

“Don’t seem to have the time!” is our favourite excuse. Guilty?

Instead, here’s what you should do: Expand your range of activities to do together and move it! Find a sport that both of you enjoy and commit to exercise regularly together. By making it a habit, you’re both becoming healthier and fitter!

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2. Too much eating out

Almost every date comes with a meal together, checking out friends’ recommendations or that new cafe or restaurant in the hood for good food. What’s worse – no dinner is ever complete without dessert. Too much dining out can be damaging on the pocket, and to the stomach too. Food portions are generally larger and more oily. And you are what you eat. In the long run, that’s you: larger, with more oil too.

Instead, here’s what you should do: Grab that cookbook and take a brave step into the kitchen. Explore new recipes together and have fun preparing your meals together. Start with their favourite dish. That way you can control what you add into your meals and how much nutrients you get. You’ll also save money when you make your own meals!

3. You’re now taken

When you are single, your motivation for working out used to be to be fit and look good. Who doesn’t feel like a superstar knowing that the world is staring at your abs? After getting into a relationship, it has become “my darling loves me for who I am” because that’s the only person checking you out anyway.

Here’s a classic statement from the boyfriend to reassure their girls: “I want you to eat more and grow fat so other guys won’t look at you!” But seriously? That’s not a good reason to add on the pounds.

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4. You get too comfortable

Because what matters the most is not how you appear on the outside; it’s who you are, on the inside. Overtime, we fall in love with our partner’s personalities and their appearance is not what we most attracted to them for. As two people get comfortable with each other, we may become less critical of our appearance because ‘our darling loves us for who we are’… right?

Instead, here’s what you should do: Put in effort to occasionally dress up on your dates (if you have stopped!) Make it a point that you can still fit in your favourite clothes. Take photographs regularly and share them onto LoveByte app. As you load your couple timeline and look back on your memories, check out how you both have evolved overtime (whether physically or mentally) and smile :)))


Stay loving,
LoveByte Cupid <3

LoveByte is a mobile app for couples to record their happy memories to form a meaningful, love journal containing favourite photos, notes and dates. Get it on iOS/Android: http://lovebyte.us/getapp.

10 Love Locks Around the World

In this current age, filled with indefinite uncertainties and complexities, won’t you wish that at least for love, you can have the ability to lock it in for the highly-desirable-yet-overly-cliché “eternity”? Truth is, even way before our time, believed to be back in ancient China, couples actually do have a culture to symbolize this very wish – to attach a padlock to a chain or a gate, and then toss the keys away in order to represent eternal love.

This culture had a resounding following, signified by an astonishing number of locations around the world currently that embraces the love locks. Do you want to be a part of this tradition? Note down these locations which allows you to display your commitment to love via the love locks!

LoveByte recommends 10 of such locations around the world:

      1. Namsan Tower in Seoul, Korea


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        For those riding on the k-wave that has persisted over recent years, the iconic Namsan Tower (or more commonly known as the N-Seoul tower) may sound familiar to you. Located in the country’s capital, Seoul, it is a must-go for tourists and a popular location for couples to have their love locks attached to the tower fences.

      2. Fengyuan, Taiwan

        Love Lock in Fengyuan, wish locks
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        Out of the numerous love lock locations on bridges that cross over bodies of water, this particular bridge (or perhaps an overpass to be specific) in Fengyuan, Taiwan, crosses over the train tracks of the city’s train station. According to the local legend, it is said that the magnetic field generated by trains passing underneath will cause energy to accumulate in the locks above, thereby fulfilling the wishes. Hence, the locks here are not specifically meant just for lovers, and are also more widely known as “wish locks” instead.

      3. Huangshan, China

        Love Lock in Huangshan, China
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        Rounding up some of the love lock locations in the world, we head back to when the tradition is believed to have originated from, China. On Mount Huang (Huangshan), it can be seen that nearly every metal chain-linked fence or metal pole has been clad with locks affixed by couples who wish for eternal love. And according to the custom, the keys are to be rather conveniently thrown down the cliff to complete the “locking of souls”.

      4. Pont de l’Archevêché Bridge (Pont des Arts Bridge) in Paris, France


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        The Pont de l’Archevêché Bridge (or Archbishop’s Bridge), is located in Paris, France. There is no doubt that such a culture too, exists in one of the world’s most romantic cities. The love locks are attached onto the railings of the arch bridge, which crosses over River Seine.

      5. Ponte Milvio in Rome, Italy

        Love Locks in Ponte Milvio in Rome, Italy
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        Love locks in Ponete Milvio in Rome, Italy, were mainly inspired by a fictional event in the book I Want You by Italian author Federico Moccia. The tradition began only in late 2006, whereby the pioneering love locks were attached to a lamppost on the bridge. Due to the weight of the locks, the lamppost ultimately collapsed and since then, the locks are attached all around the bridge, road posts and even garbage bins.

      6. Luzhkov Bridge in Moscow, Russia


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        At Luzhkov Bridge in Moscow, Russia, curious looking metallic trees can be seen “planted” along the bridge. That’s where newlyweds place, as they would like to call it, “happiness locks” in order to symbolize their love. In fact, the practice became so popular that more of such trees have to be “planted” in order to cope with the increasing demand!

      7. Hohenzollem Bridge in Cologne, Germany


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        Love has found its way onto the Hohenzollem Bridge in 2008 when people started attaching love locks on its fence, between the sidewalk and tracks. To top it up, the HoHenzollem Bridge was mentioned by Nits, a Dutch band in their song “Love Locks”!

      8. Malá Strana District in Prague, Czech Republic


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        The love locks in Prague, Czech Republic can be a little harder to locate and therefore this might appeal to the adventure-thirsty couple. In the Malá Strana District, the locks can be found on a small pedestrian bridge, over a sidearm of the longest river in Czech Republic, Vltava. An additional piece of information, its adjacent street is Velkopřevorské náměsti (Grand Priory Square), which is just located next to an unofficial but monumental John Lennon Wall.

      9. Fountain at Montevideo, Uruguay

        Fountain at Montevideo, Uruguay
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        Conveniently known as the Fountain of Montevideo, it sits in a business commercial street of Avenida 18 de Julio. Love locks can be found affixed to fence surrounding the fountain. If that is not a clear sign of what the fountain is meant for, a plague on the fountain is able to affirm couples that you are at the right location. It reads: “The legend of this young fountain tells us that if a lock with the initials of two people in love is placed in it, they will return together to the fountain and their love will be forever locked”.

      10. Two Lovers’ Point in Guam

        Two Lovers’ Point in Guam
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        The Two Lovers’ Point lies in the northern part of Guam, specifically in Tumon Bay which overlooks the Philippine Sea. It is the location of an ancient Chamorro legend where, like all classic stories of forbidden love, two lovers had decided to take their lives by leaping from the side of the cliff so that they could be together in beyond their death. Due to this tale, love locks can then be seen affixed to the deck, likely to commemorate the magnificence of love.

Top 8 romantic dining places for couples

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Ever forgotten an anniversary or an important date and thus needing an emergency dinner plan? In need of ideas where to bring your sweetheart next? Or looking for a fresh new dining experience to break out of that hectic weekday routine? You got it. LoveByte is here to help!

The following are 8 different, to di(n)e for, dining experience we have to offer!

  1. Pizza joint

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This is exceptionally lovely for high school sweet hearts, and had been together since forever. Why not relive the sweet, young and innocent moments at the pizza joint that you used to go for dates? Sharing a pizza with your favorite toppings and sipping cola while exchanging fond memories of those carefree and guileless days. Blessed are those who found love so early in their life.

 

  1. Restaurant with a view

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Just imagine sipping a sweet cocktail while overlooking the city lights and the bustling of urban vibrancy. What’s the best part? The love of your life standing right beside you, absorbing the same scenery and reminiscing about the same things that are going through your mind. In times like this, words are unnecessary; the right company makes everything feel right.

 

  1. Seafood grill by the beach

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If the above picture doesn’t convince you to dine by the beach, we don’t know what will. A picture perfect view of you and partner enjoying fresh lobster salad, grilled succulent jumbo prawns, butter sauce halibut and pan seared scallops with sips of Sauvignon Blanc. All these while staring deep into your lover’s eyes and having gentle waves and sand tickling your toes, it’s a whole new world we heard.

 

  1. Romantic Italian

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Calling for all food lovers (pun intended) out there, Italian night out is a must! When it comes to romance, lusty Italian food is an aphrodisiac. Be it home made meat balls, or any tomato based pasta that an Italian restaurant serves you, they make couples want to clasp hands across the table. Try it and you’ll know it.

 

  1. Cosy BBQ in the back yard

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What’s a better idea than a private party for 2? From picking out your favourite BBQ ingredients at the grocery store to preparing them and partaking in the actual grill, it is an experience all couples should go through. It’s time to clad ourselves in those hot shorts, roll back the sleeves on those tone arms and turn up the heat!

 

  1. Themed cafés

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For the cute couples who are constantly on the lookout for new and interesting dining experience, you guys may want to check out quaint little themed cafés that every city has. We assure that you will have a rolling good time with your partner checking out collected items (may be shoes, cats stuff, cute figurines, comic books etc) and maybe buying some back as furniture or decorative for future homes!

 

  1. Back to the 70s and 80s, retro café and bars

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Relive your parents’ time, fall in love again with your partner at the spot that your parents did, and just sit back and soak up the retro spirit that never really died. In this case, you’re probably paying more for the ambiance and experience and not really food. There’s a reason why your folks fell in love and you’ll know it too once you’ve tried it.

 

  1. Killer Ferris wheel dining experience

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“Killer” is the word that describes this ultimate dining experience. This is the unbeatable combo of fine dining while enjoying the night (or day if you prefer) view in full 360 degrees, yes you have heard that right, dining in the Ferris wheel cabin/capsule. Nothing compares to this particular experience, as it is a bunch of experience (food, view, heights, love) experienced in one! Mind blown.

We hope this post will help you plan something nice for your sweetheart the next time there is a reason to celebrate. Remember, every date should be like the magical 3rd date. So no matter where you go, have fun and stay loving!

Love,
LoveByte Cupid