Couple at stove tasting food
Health & Wellness

Five Ways to Help Your Partner Lose Weight

By on 07/01/2019

It can be difficult to step in when you feel your partner needs to lose weight. You want to help, but on the other hand, you don’t want to say or do the wrong thing. But there are ways you can motivate someone close to you to adopt healthier habits without nagging or embarrassing him or her.

Here are five tips to help get your partner on the path to a healthier life:

  1. Be a good role model. Lead by example with your own healthy habits. Better yet, suggest that you do it together. Being each other’s cheerleader is motivating and gives each of you a reason to stick with your own healthy habits.
  2. Work as a team. Plan healthy meals, meal prep and exercise together. A nightly walk, bike ride or trip to the gym is a great way to support each other in living a healthier lifestyle. Cooking together can help your partner embrace healthier food choices.
  3. Watch what you say. Instead of talking about weight loss, put the focus on improving health. Don’t be your partner’s food cop by always commenting on their food choices. Instead use words that are encouraging, motivating and help your partner create a healthy relationship with food. For example, instead of saying “you shouldn’t have ice cream for dessert,” you could say “tonight I want to try something new, so I made this fruit salad for us to try together.”
  4. Turn it into a challenge. Many people love friendly competition so think of creative ways to turn creating healthy habits into a game. Keep the focus on achievable goals that can be accomplished within a short time frame and come up with incentives to reach those goals.
  5. Keep passion alive. Without realizing it, you may be letting your opinion of your partner’s weight affect your intimacy. This can make them feel bad about their body, possibly leading to further weight gain. Instead, focus on all the things that brought you together.

Copyright 2019 © Baldwin Publishing, Inc. All rights reserved.
Health eCooking® is a registered trademark of Baldwin Publishing, Inc. Cook eKitchen™ is a designated trademark of Baldwin Publishing, Inc. Any duplication or distribution of the information contained herein without the express approval of Baldwin Publishing, Inc. is strictly prohibited.

Date Last Reviewed: April 25, 2019

Editorial Review: Andrea Cohen, Editorial Director, Baldwin Publishing, Inc. Contact Editor

Medical Review: Nora Minno, RD, CDN

Learn more about Baldwin Publishing Inc. editorial policyprivacy policy, ADA compliance and sponsorship policy.

No information provided by Baldwin Publishing, Inc. in any article is a substitute for medical advice or treatment for any medical condition. Baldwin Publishing, Inc. strongly suggests that you use this information in consultation with your doctor or other health professional. Use or viewing of any Baldwin Publishing, Inc. article signifies your understanding and agreement to the disclaimer and acceptance of these terms of use.

TAGS

LEAVE A COMMENT

Subscribe to Perspectives



About This Blog
Perspectives highlights the expertise and services provided by the physicians, specialists, nurses and other healthcare providers at Einstein Healthcare Network. Through this blog, we share information about new treatments and technologies, top-tier clinical teams and the day-to-day interactions that reinforce our commitment to delivering quality care with compassion. Here, you will also find practical advice for championing your health and wellness. The Einstein Healthcare Network "Terms of Use" apply to all content on this blog.