10 Ways You Can Help Your Overweight Friends


Is someone close to you fighting his or her battle with obesity and you sense that your help is needed, but you don’t really know what to do and how to approach your dieter friend? If so, you are at the right place.

There are some general rules of support that can help any dieter fulfill their goal, and nutritionists Anita Waugh and Wolfe-Radbill, alongside Fordham University motivational psychologist Paul P. Baard, PhD, came up with a list of the top 10 ways you can help.

1. Be a Cheerleader, not the Coach

It is important to be objective as well as supportive, however, sometimes it is crucial not to bring up any failed attempts and even encourage your friend for merely trying.

The first step is definitely the hardest, thus it needs to be rewarded even if the attempt failed.

“You don’t want to find faults with what the dieter is doing,” says Wolfe-Radbill. “Instead, you want to encourage and cheer on the things they are doing right.”

That means applauding them for reaching goals, or even for trying. The person trying to lose weight should not dwell on goals they haven’t met, particularly if they don’t bring them up themselves.

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