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Family motivation may not be the best for weight loss

When faced with the task of maintaining or losing weight, it is always easier to handle when the people you are closest to exhibit positivity in support of your goals.

Updated: December 6, 2020
Family Motivation
By MBL Featured Blogger: Karen Eisenbraun
Originally Posted: August 13, 2020

Family Motivation | Motivation comes not only from within but also from those with whom you surround yourself. A recent study reinforced the idea that criticism isn’t an effective motivator when it comes to weight-loss and typically applies to the people you are most closely related to — your family. 

College-aged women who participated in this study were asked several times how they felt about their height and weight over an eight-month period. Those who received positive messages from family members about their shape and size were usually able to maintain or lose up to an average of one pound. Younger women who received less-than-positive remarks about their weight gained an average of four and a half pounds during the course of the study. 

While it’s important to let family members know about your weight-loss goals, you may not want to do so if they’re good at doling out criticism. Your family members may believe they are helping you by using critical remarks to motivate. To keep yourself on track, it may be wise to let these family members know that you need positive messages to continue with your progress and that negative messages aren’t helpful. In addition, always remember to surround yourself with friends and other individuals who are going to support you throughout your journey. 

To learn more about this recent study, read Your Family May Be Sabotaging Your Weight Loss Efforts from HuffingtonPost Healthy Living.

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Karen Eisenbraun is a certified holistic nutrition consultant and writer with a background in digital marketing. She has written extensively on the topics of nutrition and holistic health for many leading websites.

Karen received her nutrition certification from the American College of Healthcare Sciences in 2012. She follows a ketogenic diet and practices intermittent fasting. Karen advocates a whole foods approach to nutrition and believes in empowering yourself with information that allows you to make smarter decisions about your health.

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