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Getting the Family On Board
with Your New Diet!
Learn how to get your loved ones to support your diet --
and how to cope when they don't.
By Colette Bouchez
Published on WebMD Weight Loss Clinic-Feature
Reviewed by Kathleen M. Zelman, MPH, RD, LD
You're determined and steadfast in your decision to
finally diet off those extra pounds.
But it's not two days into your new weight loss plan and
your kids can't seem to stop munching mounds of potato
chips in front of you, your spouse is leaving boxes of
cookies open everywhere, and their dinnertime demands
for gravy and mashed potatoes make it seem like a
conspiracy is underfoot!
You may find yourself wondering "Why is it the minute I
start a diet, everyone seems to say and do the wrong
If this all sounds a little too familiar, take heart.
While experts caution that most of this type of family
behavior is innocent, they concede that getting others
to jump on board a diet train isn't always easy.
"It can be very difficult, in fact, when only one member
of the family is trying to change their eating habits
and the rest of the family either doesn't have to, or
really doesn't want to," says Linda Spangle, RN, author
of 100 Days of Weight Loss, and a weight loss and
nutrition counselor in Denver.
Hard, she says, but not impossible. Many experts agree
that with a bit of forethought and some clever
conversation, we can not only get our loved ones to
support our diet efforts, but also help change
everyone's eating habits for the better.
Where do you begin? Experts say it starts with knowing
what you want.
While you may know exactly what kind of family behavior
causes your diet to derail, Spangle says most of us are
far less clear on what we really need in terms of
"Dieters will say to their family 'I want you to support
me on my diet,' and the family member says 'OK, I
will,'" says Spangle. "And then they are left on their
own to guess how, and most of the time what they guess
The end result: The dieter gets frustrated, even
furious, and so does the other family member.
The solution, she says, is to stop and think about what
you really want in terms of support, then take pen to
paper and write your "Perfect World" list. This should
consist of the optimum ways your family could lend you a
hand, she says.
Be as specific as possible, Spangle tells WebMD.
"Instead of just saying 'Be nicer to me,' or 'Help me,''
give specific ideas about what you would like them to do
or not do," says Spangle.
So if you want them to eat dessert in another room,
write that down; if you want them to make food a
non-issue so your diet is never discussed, write that
Then, she says, share the list with your family.
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