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5 Reasons to Lean on Friends for Weight Loss Support

5 Reasons to Lean on Friends for Weight Loss Support

By Brooke Randolph, LMHC for

One common concern I hear about dieting is how to maintain both social relationships and weight when so many social events focus on food.

Sometimes to reach weight loss goals, you need to disconnect yourself from certain people, at least if food is involved. The catch-22 here is that dieting is hard work and a stressor that requires physical, mental, and emotional energy. In the midst of such an undertaking, you need support more than ever. Even our biggest supporters are not confident in how to best provide the encouragement we need. While it can be difficult to ask for help, both you and your friend will be glad you did.

Here are five ideas for getting the support you need from friends.

1. Accountability – Many people have a hard time doing things for themselves alone, but are more likely to follow through if they know someone else cares – or sometimes simply if someone else will know. Friends can participate in your exercise routine or ask how you’re meal plan is going. You are much less likely to sleep in if you know a friend will be waiting to workout early in the morning. If you share your journey online, be sure to ask friends to leave comments on your tweets or posts so you know someone is paying attention and supporting you.

2. Advocacy – Friends can run interference when a party host is encouraging another serving or something that is not in your diet. A friend can prepare a dish that you know you can eat, so you don’t have to feel like you are bringing your own food. A friend can ask the waiter the ingredients questions that you are tired of asking.

3. Partnership – Beyond accountability, a friend that is journeying with you and experiencing the same ups and downs can commiserate, celebrate, and share ideas with you every step of the way. Often people say that they would like to lose a little to a lot of weight, but they are always waiting for that Monday that never comes. You can ask a friend to join you in dieting or weight loss, and your friend may be excited to have a reason to finally start. If you are using the same diet, then you can take turns preparing meals.

4. Kitchen Clean-Up – If your kitchen or pantry is stocked with things you have removed from your diet, but still tempting to you, a friend can be the one to perform the daunting pantry clean out.

5. Meal Preparation – One hurdle in any healthy eating plan is simply convenience. When it is late or we are busy or tired, taking the time to prepare a healthy meal may just seem like too much. If you often work late on a specific night, ask a good friend if you can join them for dinner on those evenings. Perhaps a friend could cook and freeze a few meals for you. Just make sure your friend knows what is and isn’t on your diet plan.

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5:23PM PST on Nov 12, 2011

You should be able to lean on your friends for any type of support!

1:35PM PDT on Aug 15, 2011

Cut fructose, high fructose corn syrup, & corn syrup completely out of the diet! This includes soda pop. Now you are really on your way to weighing less already! Other than that, I suggest the Schwartzbein Principle or the Zone diet, which are really similar in approach. You can eat as much of most vegetables as you want on these diets, so you don't starve ever. Mostly it means cutting down empty carbs, like the processed foods that make up most of our grocery stores and eating more real food (produce, meats, whole grains). And finally, get regular exercise. Some of it being aerobic/cardiovascular in nature. Make it something fun to do with a friend and you'll stick to it.
If you do these things, you wont suffer and your life will only get better and better.

9:33AM PDT on Aug 14, 2011

Great ideas, especially if you have a good support system. Personally, I find as soon as I mention "diet" to someone, I'm already looking for something to eat.

7:33AM PDT on Aug 14, 2011

Very important in success, to be sure.

7:16AM PDT on Aug 14, 2011


6:05AM PDT on Aug 14, 2011

Thankfully my best friend is the commentor below me. :) And he does the bulk of the cooking, which is extremely healthy.

5:50AM PDT on Aug 14, 2011


3:58AM PDT on Aug 14, 2011


2:45AM PDT on Aug 14, 2011

noted, thanks!

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