Perhaps you've already suggested they lose weight, but every time you mention it to them they becomes defensive. So what do you do?
- Pester them. This only makes them become defensive or get angry.
- Patronize them. If they're making an attempt to lose weight, but have the occasional junk food binge, remind them they haven't 'blown it' – and that on the whole, they are doing well.
- Suggest it's time you both had a routine checkup. Hearing from their GP that their health needs an overhaul can be the kick-start they need.
- Set an example. The idea that food for weight loss is rabbit food is tired and worn out. Encourage them to try new recipes that you love – perhaps start by inviting them to dinner and cooking them healthy meals.
- Have healthy food around the house. This is important if you live with someone who needs to lose weight. Having one rule for them and one rule for you is a no go
- Exercise together. They might respond to coffee and a walk with the dog!
- Try to find out what's contributing to the weight gain. It could be stress, an undetected hormonal condition or depression. Try to help them find solutions.
Helping a loved one to lose weight is a beautiful gift, so GO FOR IT!
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