The holidays are a tough time for people who are trying to lose weight. Not only are many social gatherings centered around food, but many times family and friends aren’t supportive about your weight loss program. So what’s the best way to get the support you need to stay on track with your diet? The first step is to ask for help.
3 Ways to Ask for Diet Support
- Select an ally. You may have a fellow co-worker or neighbor who is trying to lose weight during the holidays. It could be helpful to connect with them during the holidays to swap strategies, recipes and offer support. But you may also want to choose one friend or family member at each gathering to help you stick to your diet plan. Have a private chat with that person before the event and ask them to remind you of your commitment and help keep you focused on your weight loss goal.
- Be specific. When you ask for help, try to be specific about the ways in which your friend can offer support. For example, maybe your friend would be willing to go for a walk while others are enjoying pre-dinner snacks in front of the television. The party host might be willing to offer lower calorie options at meal-time or put yours on the table if you bring something along.
- Have a plan. You could arrive at your holiday gathering and hope for the best. But you’re more likely to stick to your weight loss plan if you create a specific strategy for each event. Karen Palmer, a registered dietitian at North Memorial, offers several great tips for holiday weight management. Use her ideas to create a plan that you can share with your ally.