Scorned lovers get their revenge bodies on Valentine’s Day
As couples chow down on Valentine's Day chocolates, scorned lovers are getting busy sculpting their revenge bodies.
Nearly one third of women and a quarter of men in Queensland say they've turned to getting fit after a break up, in a new survey conducted for the 1:1 by Cambridge diet.
Men are 21 per cent more likely to 'accidentally' run into their ex after losing weight post-break up, the survey found.
Psychologist Jemma Doley said working towards revenge bodies was a healthy way to deal with the change.
"With increased strain on relationships at present, choosing healthy ways to deal with a break-up, and to lose weight in a sustainable way is so important," she said.
"If weight loss is important post-break up, they can focus on achievable goals like building up a daily exercise routine that they enjoy, or enlisting support".
For Brisbane local Anthony Nieuwenburg, he lost 50kg after leaving a relationship that was centred around food.
"I had quit smoking in 2018 and I put on a real lot of weight, I put on 28 kilos."
"At the time I was in a relationship and our hobby was eating out all the time and I just kept putting on more weight," he said.
Several days after the break up, Mr Nieuwenburg went on the 1:1 Diet with meal replacements and the weight fell off.
He said if he were to run into his ex-partner, he'd definitely feel confident in how he looked.
"I did post photos on social media, but I did it for myself, my family and friends," he said.
"I didn't need validation from my ex, I was so confident and have never felt better in my own skin."
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