If you’re trying to lose weight you need all the support you can get, particularly to help you find the strength to continue on those many occasions when you find yourself tempted to just give up. Losing weight can be difficult at the best of times, but if you don’t have any support, particularly from your family, you will no doubt struggle to embrace the necessary changes for weight loss. Your weight-loss success may depend on your willpower and commitment, but it is easier to remain committed if you have other people willing you to do well and who are there when you need them most.
Obesity has a tendency to run in families and so if you have a weight problem there is a high probability that some of your other relatives are struggling with their weight, too. If you have always been told to finish your plate, so that you have a habit of eating until you are near to bursting, and are used to eating fast food rather than nutritionally-balanced meals you will need to reduce the quantity and improve the quality of the food you eat. This can be difficult if you have always eaten particular foods and avoided others due to the way you were raised, while you are likely to pass on the same habits to your children if you don’t make a conscious effort to change your diet.
It could therefore be worth making dietary changes a family affair so that relatives, both young and old, can shed any bad eating habits and embrace new ones. It is much easier if everyone is focused on eating healthily, as then there won’t be lots of tempting calorific treats lying around the house. If everyone eats the same food there are likely to be fewer arguments at meal times, which is no bad thing.
You also need to make exercise a priority if you are serious about losing weight and it becomes much easier to motivate yourself if you have your family by your side. You could encourage your children to join after-school sports clubs and start going on family bike rides. If you make exercise a regular part of you and your family’s life you will find that losing weight becomes easier; so will keeping the weight off.
It can be hard to stick to a calorie-controlled diet and exercise on a regular basis anyway, but if you have to do it alone it can be even harder. If your whole family has a weight problem you may want to consider tackling it as a family rather than by yourself, though what matters most is knowing your family is there for you when you need them most.