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About one out of every three adults in the U.S. is considered to be obese. That being said, it isn’t always easy to start and stick to a diet that requires immense lifestyle changes. If you’re fortunate, you’ll have your friends and family cheering you on and providing emotional support every step of the way. But if not, that’s okay. Although difficult, it’s still possible to achieve your medical weight loss goals on your own. Here are just a few tips to keep in mind for those who are on their dietary journeys without emotional support from friends or family members.

Avoid tempting situations.

Many people hear the words ‘lack of emotional support’ and automatically assume that this means friends and family members are talking negatively about their weight loss goals. But the fact is, emotional support, or lack thereof, comes in many forms, and one of the most common signs of lack of support is when friends or family members try to tempt you with food in spite of your dietary goals. If you’ve made your weight loss goals clear to friends and family and they still pressure you to have ‘just one bite,’ it’s probably a better idea to start declining invitations to these kinds of food-based gatherings altogether.

“Loved ones may offer unhealthy foods, invite you to eat out often, or bring unhealthy foods into the house. If you are a people-pleaser you will likely find it more difficult to say no. Learn to politely decline offers, and realize this does not make you a bad person,” writes MyFoodDiary. It is important to set boundaries with others to protect your health and wellbeing. You may meet resistance at first, but in time people will respect your decisions.

Take time to self-reflect.

It can be understandably difficult to process your emotions about your ongoing weight loss journey without the listening ear of a friend or family member. In these cases, it’s always a good idea to channel your emotions in a healthy way. Treating your emotions with foods, drinks, or candy is not a healthy coping mechanism. Having a healthy way to express yourself will help to process your emotions and guide you further along your weight loss journey.

Dieting without emotional support is certainly challenging, but these tips can help you get started. For more information about finding the right weight loss program, contact Nanticoke Weight Loss and General Surgery at (302) 536-5395.