Having a good support system around you is key for successful lifestyle changes. Anyone who has ever been on this journey before knows how hard it is to resist temptation of others trying to pull you back into old bad habits. So what can you do to help?
Be Supportive, but not Pressure
You may think you have good intentions with helpful advice, but every person’s journey is different, what worked for you or someone you know doesn’t mean it will in this scenario. Be a source of positivity and encouragement, remind them that they’re doing a good thing for themselves, but avoid critical comments even if you’re just trying to help.
Clean out the House
Although it may be your partner who is trying to make changes, doesn’t mean that you or the kids wont benefit from them too! Get rid of unhealthy food and snacks, or at least store them somewhere out of sight. Not being constantly tempted by comfort foods in a time of change makes a huge difference in the success of anyone. If you’re not interested in cutting the junk out yourself, even just avoiding to eat it around your partner makes a big difference.
Get in on the Lifestyle Change
One of the best things you can do for your kids is to lead by example. Having healthy meals as a family sets them up for a lifetime of healthy habits so they too are not faced with a weight dilemma later on. When everyone in the home is eating well there’s less opportunities to feel deprived and left out. No matter who lives under your roof, it’s important for everyone to be willing to be supportive in a lifestyle change process to have long term success.
One of the most important things to remember is that you cannot control someone else’s actions, but you can be a positive influence. In the end someone needs to want change for themselves. Being encouraging and not a sabotager goes a long way in the success of someone in your life working to make a positive lifestyle change for themselves.