Losing pregnancy weight or weight loss in general can feel like an incredibly lonely journey if it’s something you have to do on your own.
The ups and downs, the high points of a big weight loss week and the low points of craving a glass of wine or bar of chocolate – all of it is easier when you have the support of your friends and family behind you.
At first, it may be a little embarrassing to admit that you’re on a diet – which is why on the Lose Baby Weight plans we focus more on a healthy eating plan versus a strict diet.
Some people are uncomfortable talking about their weight, and they find it difficult to broach the subject with anyone – even their closest friends. But you don’t have to tell everyone your weight to get the conversation started – just mention that you want to get healthier, fitter and stronger, and that on the way, you want to shed some kilos too. Once they know what you’re trying to achieve, you can then clue them in on how you hope to achieve it.
Ask your friends and family to keep you and your quest for health in mind when you go out to dinner, or when you have a family event. If they know that you’re trying to lose weight, they will be much less likely to offer you unhealthy foods – and it may also inspire them to cook more healthily at family events.
Letting your friends and family know what you’re getting up to will also add accountability into the mix – meaning that they can hold you accountable for your weight loss. Having the support of friends and family can help you to be more honest when it comes to the food choices you’re making – because if you lie, you’ll be lying to yourself, but you’ll also be lying to people who care about you. Your friends may also point out when you’re making a bad choice – for example, if you find yourself reaching for the biscuit tin.
Research has shown that when an individual loses weight, those closest to that individual are also more likely to lose weight than a family where no-one is on a healthy eating regime.
So if you have a friend or family member that is overweight or if you know someone who also wants to shed some weight, team up. Make a pact to weigh in together on a certain day each week and use each other as support.
You can also get great ideas about weight loss tips and tricks if you know someone else who is going through the same thing. Losing weight with a friend is also a great motivator – if you’ve planned a walk with your friend, you’ll be more inclined to get moving, even if you just want to stay in bed.
And you can get your children involved too. You can cook healthy recipes that are suitable for the whole family – such as a hearty vegetable lasagne made with wholemeal pasta, or a lean chilli con carne – and you can hide veggies in sauces to make it low-cal for you, but full of goodness for your children.
Make it clear that you have your own space for your foods – try clearing a shelf in your kitchen and keep your treats there. Let your children know that those foods are mummy’s foods, and explain that you’re eating those foods because you want to get healthier.
You can lose weight on your own – but if you get your friends and family involved in your weight loss journey, you may just find that it’s much easier than you first imagined.
If you are ready to lose weight then the Lose Baby Weight plans offer a healthy and safe exercise and diet routine.

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