Losing with loved ones

Picture this, you’ve taken the big step to embark on your weight loss journey with The Slimming Clinic, you’re motivated, know your goals and are ready to lose weight and improve your health for good. Only for it to then be scuppered by friends or family who aren’t taking your journey as seriously as you.

We know that friends and family have great intentions, but sometimes, they can cause unnecessary stress and temptation when we are trying to be good. Your closest network has a big impact on your lifestyle, so if they aren’t following the same plan, it can influence how quickly you achieve your desired results.

Whilst you can’t force your friends and family to take up the same journey as you, what you can do is make your intentions clear and ask for their support along the way.

Here are some ways to get your nearest and dearest on-board with your new lifestyle!

Have a chat

Speaking to them and telling them of your intentions is key to losing weight! Letting friends, family, colleagues, know that buying you treats or trying to persuade you to have that pudding at dinner isn’t helpful for your new lifestyle changes. Being open with them will show them how serious you are about your health and well-being.

Plan, plan plan

Meal planning is a hugely effective way to stay on track. If you’re not the main chef in the house, creating a meal plan will ensure you know what you’re having to eat each day.

Planning what you’re eating reduces the risk of getting to 5pm each day and wondering what you’re going to have for dinner and the temptation to simply buy a takeaway for ease.

Pick up a chalkboard meal planner in a communal space and plot in every day so there are no excuses for anyone at home not to know what’s on the menu!

Avoid temptation

Hiding the high calorie, fattening foods is great way to avoid temptation. So, whilst your loved ones might not be on the same journey, getting them to put anything that might cause you to veer off track in a cupboard out of reach, or hidden in the house can make it easier to keep up your good work.

Get them involved

Involving them in your journey and getting them to come out and about with you during activities will show them the effort you are taking over your journey. Once they see how much hard work you are putting into your new lifestyle, they will get an appreciation for what it is you want to achieve!

What’s more, if friends and family see your weight melting away on your journey, they might even accompany you on it. Whether they have a lot or little weight to lose themselves, they can definitely benefit from a healthier lifestyle and eating plan

If you are finding it hard to stay on track around loved ones, make sure you are coming to clinic every week for support and encouragement from our wonderful clinic staff and Doctor.

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