A weighty subject

Talking to a loved one about losing weight can be awkward. Approaching the topic in a sensitive, supportive way can make all the difference. To start the conversation, begin by saying:

  • “I care about you.”
  • “You are important to me, and I want you around for a long time.”
  • “I want you to have more energy and not worry about your health. I want to help you reach a healthy weight.”

Share some tips on healthful ways to lose weight such as eating more nutritiously and becoming more active. Here are some ideas:

  • Try losing weight slowly — about 1 to 2 pounds each week.
  • Eat smaller portions.
  • Keep a food diary. Every day, write down what and how much you eat.
  • Start the day by eating a nutritious breakfast.
  • Drink water instead of sugary drinks such as soda or juice.
  • Do something active every day — whether it’s taking the stairs, going for a walk at lunch, or enjoying a family bike ride.
  • Join a walking club or support group to keep you motivated.

Being supportive means more than giving advice. Help your loved one with his or her weight loss efforts. Ask:

  • “How can I help you lose weight?”
  • “What can we do together to get healthy?”

Here are some suggestions:

  • Go food shopping together. Compare food labels to make healthful choices.
  • If you go out to eat, split a meal or save half to take home.
  • Go for a daily walk or take an exercise class together.
  • Celebrate your loved one’s weight loss, but don’t use food as a reward.

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