If You Put Him on a Diet, He'll Eat Junk Anyway

Researchers think communication will help guys lay off the fries

Think you’re helping your guy get healthy by plying him with salads and wheat berries? Just because he eats your rabbit food doesn’t mean he’s happy about it, or that he’s learning better eating habits. New research shows that men will eat what you put in front of them to keep the peace, but will later gorge on junk food when you’re not around.

The majority of men in the study told researchers that their wives did not consult them about the dietary changes and simply went ahead and cooked what they saw fit for their husbands to eat -- usually because the healthier diet was ordered by his physician. In other words, the women were just following doctors’ orders, and their guys resented them for it. Sorry, dudes, but if you’re going to let her do the grocery-shopping and cooking, then I think she gets to make the executive decision about what gets put on the table -- especially when your doctor says you’re going to keel over otherwise.

Still, the researchers do believe that including your husband in the meal-planning could make him less likely to splurge on the all-you-can-eat Chinese buffet the next day. If most guys are like my dad, I say fat chance. One triple bypass and 50 conversations about the importance of eating better later, and my dad still sneaks cookies when he thinks my mom isn’t looking. I’ve learned that, left to his own devices, my dad (and my husband, for that matter) will choose foods based on taste, not its impact on his arteries. But since he’ll eat whatever is put in front of him, it’s the only opportunity to supply his poor body with the vegetables he wouldn’t choose otherwise.

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