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Losing Weight: Conversation starters

Talking to a family member or friend about losing weight can be hard. Use these tips to get the conversation started.

Begin by saying, “I care about you.”

“You are important to me, and I want you around for a long time.”

“I want you to have more energy and not worry about your health. That’s why I want to help you reach a healthy weight.”

Share what has worked for others.

If you know friends, family members, or co-workers who have lost weight by eating healthy and getting active, share some of their tips. Here are some ideas:

  • Try losing weight slowly, about 1 to 2 pounds each week.
  • Eat smaller portions.
  • Keep a food diary. Every day, write down what and how much you eat.
  • Eat a healthy breakfast.
  • Drink water instead of sugary drinks like soda or juice.
  • Be active your way. Find activities you like and do them often.
  • Do something active every day – take the stairs, go for a walk at lunch, or enjoy a family bike ride.
  • Join a walking club or support group to keep you motivated.

Do more than talk.

“How can I help you lose weight?”

“What can we do together to get healthy?”

Here are some ideas:

  • Go food shopping together. Compare food labels to make healthy choices.
  • If you go out to eat, split a meal or save half to take home.
  • Go for a walk every evening or take an exercise class together.
  • Celebrate your loved one’s weight loss, but don’t use food as a reward.
Losing Weight: Conversation starters

Content last updated on:
November 26, 2013