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How Can You Support Someone Who Is Trying To Lose Weight



Losing weight is an arduous and painstaking process. It requires many metric tons of patience and control. The effects of the efforts put into losing weight often begin to show after a long time. As a result, the will to keep continuing that path will start to thin down. The changes, or the visible one lack thereof, will impact them negatively, sooner or later.

If you know a friend or are close to someone who is trying to lose weight, there are ways you can help them. The easiest way a person can lose the weight they intend to cut off is through your support and confidence in them. You can encourage them and help them be accountable to themselves.
Here’s how you can help your friend lose weight.

How Can You Support Someone Who Is Trying To Lose Weight 

It is a lot easier, uplifting even, for people to lose weight when they get appreciated for the work they put into changing themselves. Research has proven that an accountable companion in the process has brought positive changes in the weight loss regime.

Validation 

You might find your friend often trying to pass offhanded remarks about their weight. “I’m fat” or “Look how fat I am” are often mournful emotions that are responses to feeling as though their efforts were all in vain. The problem is, you might not know what to answer to that comment either. 

Don’t rush to fill the gap with “No, you’re not.” It will lead to further debate, which is unproductive. Instead, asking them why they think they are fat is advisable. The answer may be evident to you, but take the onus of assuring them of their progress.

Guilt Trip 

One of the most common instances in the journey is weight loss is the want to lose weight but making no effort to do so. If your friend has brought up that they are seeking to lose weight, good for them. 

However, if they are not working towards it, it will not be your place to police them about it. Saying, “I thought you wanted to lose weight?” as they goad a fresh slice of pizza into their mouth fills them with guilt. They may be well-intentioned, but if your friend wants the change, they will do it at their own pace.

Planning and Effort 

If your friend or your family member is trying to lose weight, discuss some lifestyle changes and goals with them. It includes taking the responsibility to bring fruits instead of chips or helping them stick to their diet plan. 

This joint effort and planning in lifestyle is a sign of affirmation, and they will begin to feel less judged in your company. You can take it on yourself to walk to the nearest café instead of taking a ride, taking the stairs together instead of the elevator. These small things help tremendously.

No Advice

 
Refrain from giving eating advice to your friend trying to lose weight. Uncalled pieces of advice get disguised as food policing. Your friend will appreciate knowing that their every move does not get monitored by you.

Discourage Negative Self-Talk

In the short-term, weight loss results do not seem rewarding. The changes are not as pronounced as your friend wants them to be, which can be disappointing. It may lead to depreciative and negative self-talk, which you must try to help them avoid. 

Assurances and celebrating progress with non-food related rewards are very welcome. Tell them how proud of their progress so far you are.

Compliments

Weight loss is beyond just the physical appearance; tell them how their healthier habits have changed some parts of their life. Are they sleeping better? Did you see them subconsciously swipe the cola for some water? They all add up in the long-term results. So, let your friend know that. 

For non-food related rewards, consider with your friend if they are willing to treat themselves to something they enjoy doing. Go to a concert in celebration or the mall if that’s what they like. It can be as simple as a game of chess or a stroll around the locality. Appreciate them.

Resolve Some Obstacles 

If you know or if they have spoken about it to you, try to remove any obstacles that may hamper their progress. It can be as simple as choosing seats for you and them somewhere away from the food counter or the vending machine.

In Summary

Offer them help with things other than just weight loss. Warrant that you’re not judging them and that you’re there in genuine interest for their wellbeing. Assure them of their progress while not being very interfering in their journey. They will benefit greatly, thanks to your accountability and kindness!