If not, it could compromise your success. Protect your goals—and relationship—with these three tips.
You may view the decision to lose weight as a personal choice,
but your mate may not see it that way—particularly if you live together.
A study published in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior
found that when people overhauled their eating habits, their spouses
and partners experienced a wide range of emotional reactions, including
skepticism, guilt (over their own unhealthy habits), and even anger.
"Whether you've just started dating or have been married
for years, your social life as a couple tends to revolve around food,"
explains Cynthia Sass, R.D., co-author of Your Diet Is Driving Me
Crazy. "When one person alters that routine, it can unwittingly throw
off the balance of the relationship or make the other feel rejected."
Fortunately, there are simple ways to ease the transition.
going to start a new eating program tomorrow," says Sass. Share
your plans at least a few days in advance and try to communicate your
reasons for making adjustments to the normal dining routine.
may arise once your diet starts. Because he may worry your goal is
to get him to lose weight, clarify any expectations you have.
dinners? Are DVD-and-pizza nights banned? Once you've raised the
tough questions, you can come up with solutions together.