How to (tactfully) respond to: 'You don't need to lose weight!'

Responding to someone who is telling you not to lose any more weight.

Sometimes a special event/occasion gets to me and I get off track. Like Fathers' Day when Jessica (my wonderful spouse) made whole-wheat Belgian Waffles from scratch. I was so caught off guard by how good they were that I ate more than I should have. So I got on the scale Monday and faced what I had done.

Now, I can stew in regret, or I can begin moving forward right away.

I'm already back on track focusing on drinking enough water, portion control and sleep. When the time comes and you find yourself off track, don't focus on where you are, focus on where you're going!

Remember that you are not alone in this. I'm here as a health coach, and there is the vast BioNetwork that Take Shape for Life has developed. Reach out for support and you will find it right away!

On a really high note this week, yesterday I got to do something I absolutely love. I celebrated a birthday with a client! He is currently in the weight loss phase, and burning through the fat like results-not-typical! He has lost 40 pounds in 30 days (results not typical) and is charging ahead toward his goal. I'm so glad to be with him on this journey toward health.

Monday when I was on the phone with clients I got several of the same question:  How do I respond when someone (friend or family member) says something like, "You're still losing weight? You're fine, you're getting too skinny! Don't lose anymore weight."

Here is what I would offer to you for how to respond to someone who says don't lose any more weight, because you and I both know that you are on track to reach a healthy BMI or body fat percentage and it's worth sharing with others!

If you're just getting started with weight loss, here is what I offer for you:

"I'm starting a program to lose weight and develop healthy habits. I work with a health coach and he told me that if any of my friends and family want to do the program with me then he would coach them for free too!"

If you're on track losing weight or getting close to your target, here is what I offer for you:

"I feel so great losing weight and getting healthier! I know I can lose the weight (whether 10lbs or 30lbs) because I'm finally in control. Why don't you join me, we can lose weight together!"

Health tip for the week:

Just one teaspoon of mayonnaise contains close to 100 calories and 11 grams of fat! Mustard is a much healthier option and adds more flavor too!

Have a great day and a wonderful week!

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Lindsay Street June 20, 2012 at 05:25 PM
I love the mustard for mayo trick! I make all my chicken and tuna salads with deli mustard instead of mayo. Gives a nice zing and keeps the fat/cals low!
Yeadon Smith June 21, 2012 at 03:15 AM
Way to go Lindsay! Condiments can increase daily calories by more than 500 calories depending on what we eat through the day. It's the small choices over time that really add up.
Becky June 26, 2012 at 11:35 AM
Another great substitute for mayo is Greek yogurt!
Yeadon Smith June 27, 2012 at 01:02 AM
That's a great idea, Becky!


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