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Learning to live with an unhealthy partner

Learning to live with an unhealthy partner

While you may love your partner and can’t imagine life without him, it can be discouraging to embark on your weight-loss goals when the person you need the most isn’t quite on board with your efforts. This scenario is more common than you think, and can hinder your weight-loss progress if you don’t know how to deal with it.

Coping with an unhealthy partner could be more challenging than sticking to a healthy diet and exercising regularly, so how can you make it work? The key is communication. As long as you communicate with your partner openly about your weight-loss goals, you can maintain a healthy relationship while pursuing those goals at the same time. Who knows -- maybe your healthy habits will rub off on your partner and before you know it, he’ll be joining you on the track or at the gym!

Check out the following tips to learn more about how to live with an unhealthy partner.

Be firm about your nutrition and eating choices

Sometimes, partners may not realize that they’re indirectly having an impact on your weight-loss goals. You may think she’s being sinister when she offers to prepare you a bowl of ice cream, when in fact, she’s just trying to be loving and kind. Have a serious sit-down with your partner and explain that you’re making a conscious effort to eat healthier foods and lose weight. Mention that you don’t necessarily expect her to eat the same foods as you, but that you would appreciate her full support, and that means not offering you a greasy, cheesy slice of pizza.

Involve your partner in the meal-planning process

Ask your partner about the types of meals he’d be interested in eating with you, and explain that you’d like to make a healthier version of his favorite meal. For instance, if he loves eating pizza, offer to make a healthy version of his favorite pizza using homemade cauliflower crust, homemade tomato sauce, and vegetables as toppings. Your partner may be surprised that your healthy, homemade version of his favorite meal tastes just as good, if not better, than its unhealthy counterpart. Plus, making the effort to include your partner in your weight-loss plan will make him feel appreciated and may strengthen your bond.

Make plans to spend time outdoors

Have you ever told a friend you weren’t in the mood to play a certain sport or outdoor game, then found yourself unexpectedly having fun after reluctantly saying yes? Try to involve your partner in your favorite activities without going overboard or being too pushy. Explain that it would really mean a lot to you if she took a brief walk with you after dinner or joined you at the gym with a guest pass. In some cases, introducing your partner to your favorite activities and ensuring she enjoys herself can indirectly influence her to be more adventurous and warm up to the idea of exercise.

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