The Best Weight Loss Support
Making the choice to become healthier and confront the unhealthy habits that have led to your weight gain takes a lot of effort. The choice alone can be mentally exhausting—forcing you to become aware of the things that you do every day that may be contributing to your weight gain, and being honest with yourself about the effort that it will require on your part to give up those unhealthy habits.
You may not think twice about your morning routine, about how often you exercise, or your general snacking habits at the moment, but once you start to address those habits you will have no choice but to let your defenses down and really start to embrace those healthy habits morning, noon and night. This means allowing those healthy changes to infiltrate into every aspect of your life—from your breakfast during your carpool or commute, to your office lunches, and even into your social life. This is actually where some of the most challenging aspects of your weight loss program are going to emerge.
Supportive Communication during Weight Loss
Finding a strong weight loss support group early on in your weight loss program can make a huge difference in your ability to reach your goals. One thing that a strong weight loss support group can help you with is overcoming the negative comments and frustrating discussions that you are likely to hear countless times as you work through your weight loss program.
Learning how to cope with negativity and having responses ready to go to help you stay focused on your efforts can help as you continue progressing towards your weight loss goal, even when times get hard. Here are a few of the most common frustrations that you are likely to encounter during your weight loss journey:
- Friends and loved ones suggesting that you take a “cheat day.” You know how important it is that you don’t break your diet, and when coworkers or friends suggest that you cheat they aren’t taking your best interest at heart. Just politely say no, and focus on what you need to do.
- You are most likely going to be confronted with criticism about your dietary choice, or tales of failed weight loss attempts. Take this information in stride and stay focused on what you know you need to do.
- Friends, co-workers, and even perfect strangers will ask you about how much weight you’ve lost, and how much weight you want to lose. This is personal information, and just because someone asks that does not mean you have to share that information.
Having a strong support group can help you to cope with negativity as you lose weight. Often the negativity that you experience is well-intentioned, but that doesn’t stop it from being stressful. Stay focused on your weight loss goal and don’t let the comments of anyone else get under your skin.