Losing weight is challenging—we can't expect to do it alone.
Excerpted from The EatingWell Diet Book.
Losing weight is challenging—we can’t expect to do it alone. As you
make your way through losing weight, you’ll need to cultivate a network of friends, family, coworkers, professionals and
like-minded dieters. Use our Call the
(click to download pdf) to think about the support you’ll need and where you’ll find it.
Know your saboteurs.
Some people, unintentionally or otherwise, might try to derail your weight loss plans—like the spouse who buys your
favorite flavor of ice cream. Many times these so-called diet “saboteurs” really don’t mean harm, but some truly might not want
you to lose weight.
How to face saboteurs
Don’t wait to take action: talk about it. Let your suspected saboteurs know how their actions affect you. Chances are
they’re clueless. Talk it over and work out a solution you can each live with. But if you find your loved one isn’t truly
behind you, look elsewhere for support.
Find a cheerleader
List at least 2 or 3 people you can call on when you need:
Encouragement when you're frustrated or tempted, companions for celebrating success.
Exercise buddies, healthy-food shopping companions, child-care or housekeeping help.
How do you encourage yourself toward your goals? Are you a “cheerleader” who treats yourself with love and kindness,
cheering victories, forgiving slip-ups—or a “bad coach” who prods with negative thoughts and berates you if you don’t perform
perfectly? Your internal thoughts can have a huge impact on your progress. Without the support of your most important
champion—yourself—it’s easy to feel demoralized and give up. Think of how you might offer positive words of encouragement to
someone else, then use the same language on yourself. It works! See Rewrite Your Script
(click to download pdf).