The most recent National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey indicates that over 70% of Americans are either overweight or obese (equivalent to a BMI ≥ 25). Yet even though many people attempt to lose weight through various diet and exercise plans, their weight loss efforts often end in vain. Weight loss programs are often discussed in a way that focuses on the individual experience, but that sidesteps a factor that often plays a major role in whether the program will be successful: the influence of a spouse or significant other.
One of the reasons the popular diet Weight Watchers can be successful for some people is the emphasis on a social support system. Weight loss is hard, the thinking goes, so having loved ones to share the journey with and offer support is crucial in overcoming some of the physical and mental health-related obstacles that tend to come up. And while some couples do choose to walk this path together, many more find themselves in a situation where one partner is eagerly trying to find a healthy weight while the other isn’t.
Romantic relationships are built on interdependence; in other words, each individual’s goals, daily routines, and eating habits are strongly influenced or shaped by the significant other. And since a weight loss journey necessarily involves decisions like switching to healthier food choices when grocery shopping or making time for new forms of physical activity, it can affect the other partner in a variety of ways. Depending on the dynamic of the relationship, this can lead to them either helping the overweight partner find success or get in the way of that success.
Relationships are complex and sometimes they just don’t work out over the long run. But even in relationships that are considered healthy, there are many ways that conflict or miscommunication can interfere with a weight loss plan. Below are some of the ways a significant other can make weight loss harder:
A spouse may not intend to make a weight loss journey harder, but sometimes the challenges inherent in the process can trigger certain insecurities that make it even more difficult. An example of this is the way that weight gain can have an impact on physical attraction. The good news is, though, that spouses can also help facilitate the kinds of healthy choices that eventually lead to weight loss. Below are some of the ways spouses can make the process easier:
A lot of people want to lose weight for aesthetic reasons—either to appeal to their partner physically or to feel better about themselves. The unfortunate truth is, however, that being overweight is a key factor in a variety of health conditions. In fact, obesity is known to lead to high blood pressure, high cholesterol levels, and insulin problems. Obesity is also strongly linked to a generally higher chance of early death as well as an increased risk of heart attack, stroke, heart disease, and some types of cancer.
Whether it comes from your spouse or an internal force, the pressure to lose weight can feel overwhelming. Everyone is different, and not everyone has the kind of support system you need to make the behavior changes that can lead to weight loss. But even if your significant other isn’t able to provide the support you need, it doesn’t mean you’re actually alone. At True You Weight Loss, we want to help you finally find the freedom you’ve been looking for in your weight loss journey.
Diet and exercise are the traditional methods of losing weight, but research consistently shows that most of these efforts either don’t work or don’t last longer than a year. If you’re tired of not finding success, True You is eager to help. With non-surgical weight loss solutions like ESG or a gastric balloon, you can take a new approach to weight loss that has a strong track record of success. To learn more about how to get started with True You, please contact us today to request a consultation.