How to Get Your Guy to Lose Weight
Nearly 38 percent of adults age 20 and over in the U.S. are classified as obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). That number jumps to almost 71 percent when you also factor in adults who are overweight but not obese.
If your guy needs to lose a few pounds so he’s not part of the ever-growing obesity epidemic in our country, how do you motivate him without nagging or embarrassing him? Here are some tips that can help:
- Make subtle changes. Buy less junk food and instead find healthier snacks that satisfy his snacking urges, whether crunchy, sweet or savory. Bake, broil or grill food rather than frying it. Use herbs and spices to improve taste without the need for extra salt or fat.
- Challenge him. Many guys love competition so think of creative ways to turn weight loss into a game. For example, let him “earn” an extra hour of golf time for every pound he loses. Keep the focus on a goal he can work to achieve on his own rather than a competition between the two of you.
- Watch your words. Don’t be your partner’s food cop and avoid talk about him being “fat” or focusing on his weight gain. Stay positive and lead by example with your own healthy habits.
- Keep passion alive. Without realizing it, you may be letting your opinion of your partner’s weight affect your intimacy. This can make him feel bad about his body, possibly leading to further weight gain. Instead, focus on all the things that brought you together.
- Walk and talk. A nightly walk burns calories and gives you both an opportunity to discuss the day’s events and any challenges you’re facing. It’s a great way to stay connected and support each other in living a healthier lifestyle. If you have kids, bring them along and make fitness a family activity.
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Date Last Reviewed: April 11, 2018
Editorial Review: Andrea Cohen, Editorial Director, Baldwin Publishing, Inc. Contact Editor
Medical Review: Nora Minno, RD, CDN