Losing weight can be a very difficult process; not just physically, but mentally and emotionally as well. It’s incredibly difficult to continuously say no to cravings. It’s demanding to workout consistently. But all of this is significantly harder when you don’t have a good support system.
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It might seem like a drag to try to hang out with a friend who is working on their health. They can’t hang out because they need to workout. You can’t go to your usual restaurants because they have specific dietary needs. They’re always trying to get you to go running with them.
You you know what else is a drag? Being unhealthy.
Here’s my own situation: Ryan and I are both making efforts to be healthier. The problem is that our goals and needs are totally different. I’m trying to slim down and get lean, while he’s trying to bulk up. My metabolism is also significantly lower than his. He is constantly offering me snacks that I shouldn’t be eating. He’s also a wonderful husband so he also tells me I’m beautiful no matter what my weight is.
So here’s some tips on how to effectively support your friends, significant others, or family while they’re trying to make a change!
Support Their Efforts
I find that the first thing people say when you say, “I’m trying to lose weight,” is generally something like, “But you don’t need to lose weight!” or “You’re so skinny!” This is honestly so frustrating. Unless someone is anorexic or bulimic, if they’re trying to lose weight they probably do need to. Most people say things like this because it’s the automatic programming. We want people to think they’re beautiful, we want to be nice. But our “niceness” is really just frustrating to someone who is working hard towards their goals. Something nice to say instead is, “I believe in you!” “You can accomplish anything you put your mind to.” or if they’ve already started compliment the hard work they’ve already done!
Don’t Impede Their Efforts
I know that fast food is easy, and candy-filled movie nights are relaxing. But when you hang out or share a meal keep in mind what they need. Honestly, one of the most frustrating things is when Ryan offers me snacks he knows I can’t eat. Your friend needs accountability, not temptation from you!
Keep Them Accountable
Like I said in my last point, your friend needs accountability. When you’re working hard it can sometimes be difficult to keep on track because it is hard work. If you invite your friend to a bbq, ask them if they’d like to bring fruit or a healthy salad side, or if they’d like to have chicken breast instead of a hamburger.
But make sure you know their goals. For example, my goal is eating more mindfully, which means I don’t necessarily skip sweets 100% of the time. Just as it’s frustrating for someone to offer me candy all the time when they know I’m trying to be healthy, it’s also frustrating when I want an occasional treat and I’m made to feel guilty.
Your friend has made a commitment to being healthier. Why not join them? There’s nothing like having a partner it becoming healthier!
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