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.