Weight Loss: Why And How To Talk To Friends And Family
When you are undertaking a weight loss program, you will naturally want to talk to your friends and family about your project.
You'll be able to lean on them for support during your weight loss program, you'll avoid sabotage, and you can celebrate your successes with friends and family, which can be a powerful motivator to keep going.
They can be supportive
If you talk to friends and family about your weight loss program, you may find that they can be your biggest cheerleaders.
As you go through the ups and downs, and there will be ups and downs, you'll at least be able to talk to friends and family and get the emotional support you need to stick with your weight loss program.
Weight loss is hard to do even on a good day, so why not have a friend or relative on call that you can lean on when you are having a hard time or a set back of one kind or another. Getting that support will get you through some tough times.
Head off sabotage
While in most cases, your friends and family will of course be supportive, there may be instances in which they may consciously or unconsciously sabotage you.
Perhaps it's as minor as offering you a piece of cake or maybe it's making comments that make you feel badly about yourself and push you to drop the weight loss program.
By talking to them about your weight loss program, you can head them off and lay it out there, that you are undertaking a weight loss program and you expect their support; if they don't have anything constructive to add, they should keep their mouths shut.
As your weight loss accumulates, you will of course want to celebrate your weight loss success. And who better to celebrate with than your friends and family, the people who mean the most to you and who will be most happy to share your good news.
Find ways that you can all celebrate together, like a group sport activity or a small get together, an outing to a nearby park or other cultural event, or something similar.
Whatever you can do to celebrate your weight loss and what works for you and your friends and family.
Talk about your weight loss program
So how do you talk to your friends and family about your weight loss program? Make it clear that you are serious about losing weight and that you expect them to support you and not undermine what you are working to do to improve yourself.
It's not an easy conversation to have, so go easy. Talk to people individually if that's easier. Make notes of what you want to say so you don't lose your train of thought.
Make a short list of how these friends and family can help with your weight loss and let them know up front how they can help. Getting them to buy into the weight loss program will help them help you.
And before you know it, you may even motivate them to join you in your weight loss quest.