Get Diet Support From Family and Friends

Go for a walk before the big meal.
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The holidays are a joyous time to celebrate with family and friends. But if you’re trying to lose weight, these festive occasions can be stressful.  It’s hard to stick to your diet when so many social occasions revolve around food.  And to make matters worse, family members and friends aren’t always supportive of your dieting process.

If you find yourself without enough support during the holiday season, don’t be afraid to speak up and make suggestions that will make the day easier for you.

3 Ways to Ask for Help

  1. Suggest a healthy activity.  Thanksgiving day is often centered on the big meal. But there is no reason that you can’t include a healthy walk or hike in the day’s activities.  Get the kids involved, too.  Walk to a local park or give the kids a map and let them navigate a route.
  2. Offer to bring food.  If the big Thanksgiving meal isn’t at your house, it’s possible that there won’t be healthy menu items to fill your plate.  So offer to bring some healthy alternatives to share with the crowd.  Your hostess will probably appreciate the help.
  3. Deflect negative remarks.  If a family member makes a negative comment about your weight or about your commitment to your weight loss plan, be prepared with a positive reply.  A simple statement like:  “I’m proud of my commitment to my health” should do the trick.

Find more eating tips, recipes and exercise advice on the  North Memorial Healthy Weight Loss website, Facebook page and Twitter feed.


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