No one wants to be told that they need to lose weight and I think that pretty much none of us would want to have to tell a family member or a close friend that we are worried about their weight. After all it does come off as a mean thing to say to someone, but I think that most of us who would like to help someone lose weight want to do it because we are worried about their health. Today I want to share a few ways with you where you can help those you love lose some weight.
Losing Weight Is Not Easy : Be Supportive, Not Critical
One of the worst things you can do to a friend or family member when they are trying to lose weight is act like you are their personal dietician. If you are out for a coffee and they order a piece of chocolate cake, no matter how much you care for them it is not your place to say “should you be having that?” instead just let it go. But on those occasions when they do pass up something that is bad for their diet then play the role of cheerleader. Likewise when they tell you that they have lost even just one pound, make sure you tell them how great they are doing.
Try Their New Weight Loss Diet
Even if you do not need to lose weight there is no harm at all in getting involved and trying some of their diet meals. If you find one that you actually find tasty, then make it a point to make a big deal about it. At the same time do not lie to them and tell them that something is delicious when it is not. Help them by finding nice and tasty, healthy foods that they can eat.
Exercise With Them
One of the hardest parts for a person starting to lose weight is getting into exercising. Some people actually find the idea of joining a gym terrifying. So one way that you could help out your friend or family member is by joining the gym with them. Or if you are already a gym member then get them to come along with you. If they do not want to join a gym then go for a walk or maybe a swim. No matter what it is, try and be there to give them that little bit of motivation to go and exercise. Just remember that you are there to offer support and not be their personal trainer. So no yelling at them to drop and give you 20!
Make Sure They Know You Are Doing This For Them
By this I mean that you are helping them because you care about them as a person and you want them to live a long and healthy life. Not because you care about the way that they look when you two are out in public together. You need to make sure that they know you are with them no matter what and you will support them no matter what they do.
Celebrate Their Weight Loss!
When they do have a big milestone in their weight loss make sure you really give them a huge pat on the back. Maybe take them out to a movie, go see a show. Just do something together to show them that you are not only really impressed at their weight loss, but that you are also really proud of them as a person.
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