The University of Heidleberg tracked over 2,000 people, ages 16 to 55, and found that a person's sudden interest in getting fit could indicate a desire to break up and find someone new. It also found that single people, as a rule, weigh less than those who are in relationships. It’s the "love chub" theory. We plump up when we’re coupled-up because we no longer need to impress someone to get a date.
The researchers concluded that when we're thinking of making a break for it, we start slimming down and buffing up to prep for our re-entry into the dating world. Dr. Ian Kerner is a relationships counselor and he says getting fit isn’t the only warning sign that a break up is imminent. Here are some other, non-physical, signs:
1. You don't have anything to talk about. If you find yourself bored and disinterested, or feel like he's not putting as much effort into conversations as he used to, Kerner says you're in shaky territory.
2. You don't care about the people who are important to him and vice versa. If either of you starts showing a real lack of interest in your partner's friends and family, or stops making an effort to do things that are important to the other person, that's a clear sign at least one of you is checking out.
And the final sign a break up may be on the horizon: You're not supporting each other. Is he making underhanded or passive aggressive comments that chip away at your self-esteem? Or do you find yourself belittling him in front of his friends or putting down his ideas? In a healthy couple, each partner has the other's back.