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Losing weight can be a long and often difficult journey.

Like any journey, it’s more difficult if you’re going on it alone. Weight loss is especially hard if your family and friends, those who are supposed to support you every step of the way, seem to resent you for your lifestyle changes.

Changes to diet and lifestyle can be hard for others to accept. The kids might complain about the green diet and the lack of pizza, or maybe the husband misses that weekly steak and chips dinner.

Many find that their diets are compromised by the dietary needs of those around them.

It’s not just the weight loss “frenemies” that pose a challenge, either. Sometimes people sabotage their own weight loss efforts. Anecdotally, women have told me that after succeeding at losing a significant amount of weight, their new life (and identity) seems alien and strange. This can cause them to revert to old habits for the sake of familiarity.

Most often, people find their own resolve disintegrates in the face of their family’s inability to understand their needs. The only way to solve that problem is through open and honest communication.

If you’re looking to lose weight and it feels as if absolutely everything and everyone (including yourself) is against you, the best thing to do is to talk to your family about what you need from them.

Another way to increase the chances of weight loss success is talking to someone outside of your immediate family circle. By telling someone other than your partner or closest friends, such as a nutritionist or a dietician, you’re increasing your accountability.

The more people you tell, the less likely it is for you to back out of your promises.

The most important aspect of weight loss is that people don’t feel like they’re going at it alone. Having someone to support you, professional or otherwise, makes the road to losing weight that little bit less bumpy.

Weight loss, like so many other areas of life, is easier when done together.

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  • Having support is always great, thanks for the article.

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  • Isn’t it funny how so called friends go out of their way to try sabotage your life choices? My hubby has give up alcohol and smoking and the number of ‘friends’ who invite him round for a drink is unreal!

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  • This was an interesting mini article. Thanks for posting!

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  • Wait loss is so much easier when you have a supportive partner or someone you can do it with.

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  • I am lucky to have a supportive family!

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  • great read

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  • A great read and some really interesting comments.. Story of my life is the battle of the bulge.. I’ve gone from 240kg-95kg with diet and exercise but now I’m stuck.. Any idea’s?

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  • also keeping the weight off for the long run

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  • Great read thanks for sharing this article

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  • Great reading thanks for sharing this articke

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  • 2 years ago I was 70 kg and jogging/walking 5-10 kms a day, and very fit and healthy. I then injured my back seriously and this was so detrimental to my all over health. Today I am 86 kgs diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and have just had a Hysterectomy. I am still recovering but have set out a recovery and health plan to get myself back on the straight and narrow. Not a full blown 3-5 hour workout everyday but simple exercises and walking, just to be able to get back on the horse.

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  • Thanks for sharing. Losing weight can be such an emotional time.

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  • I’m currently trying to lose 10kgs and sort of proving hard to do

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  • I have to start walking more, as much for exercise as for weight reduction. I had a bad cough a few weeks ago during cold weather which initially thought was only a hayfever allergy cough which I always get when there is a few high pollen count days (so I have just discovered). This time it lingered and my nose blocked up instead of running. I got a chest infection. It took me a month to get rid of the cough. I know I have lost a bit of muscle tone too as when I walk more than a few metres my legs feel stiff.

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  • I went to a dietician who after I had lost 9kgs in 4 months and still needing/ wanting to loss another 14kg told me that I was not lossing weight quick enough and if I was doing everything that she had told me there was little more she could do and told me not to come back. ( very disappointed)

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