Put Your Weight Loss Team Together!

I have worked with hundreds of clients over the last 12 years, and in a few cases I have worked with both halves of a couple. Sometimes I work with them individually and 

sometimes they come in together. The funny thing is, I’ve noticed that the couples seem to see results faster than individuals I work with. That might seem a little strange, but I’ve realized that there is true power in being part of a “team” that is working toward the same goal.

Many times, when I work with an individual that is in a relationship, but their significant other isn’t on the same page, they have a lot more challenges. Most of my clients come to me because they want to lose weight. Almost always their efforts are supported by their partner, in theory. That makes sense. I can’t think of too many people that would discourage someone from losing a little weight and getting healthier. Challenges usually crop up once we start talking about food.

If a person wants to lose weight, nutrition becomes very important. Exercise is obviously essential, but if I have a client that won’t change her diet, she will not see much weight loss. The changes that I ask most people to make aren’t complicated, but they’re different than the way most people eat. This is where problems crop up at home. Everything’s fine when she wants to lose weight, but if we try to change the way that the family eats, some people at home get annoyed. I’ve had clients that felt the need to prepare two different dinners, one for them and one for their family. I think that’s crazy! There are so many healthy and tasty meals to choose from that I guarantee you can find something everyone will like.

How does this relate to being on a team? If you are in a relationship and you both need to get in better shape, then you are already a team. If you are the only one in the relationship that’s working toward these goals, then it’s time to have a talk with your other half and create a team. You don’t need them to turn their life upside down for you, but you should ask them to help support you in a few areas. This is different in every relationship. It may be asking them to go with you on regular walks, letting them know that you’ll be home later than normal because you’re going to the gym, or simply asking them to try a few new healthy dishes when you eat together. At my house, I just ask my wife not to buy chips or cookies at the grocery store (they’re my weakness).

The bottom line is teammates help each other and hold each other accountable. You want to make sure that everyone is on the same page. The last thing you want to run into is finding out that someone at home is going to inadvertently sabotage you. They won’t ever do it on purpose, but it happens more often than you think. If someone is constantly asking you to skip your workouts, go out for drinks, or have some horribly fattening food, you may have an unintentional saboteur.

Aside from working with a significant other, what else can you do to build your team? Finding a workout partner is a great place to start. If you have a tough time getting to the gym, knowing that your friend is waiting on your lazy butt to show up can usually get you out of bed. You can also recruit someone at work to help keep your nutrition in line during the day. If they see you sneaking a candy bar from the vending machine, you owe them a dollar or some other penalty. Another great way to make sure you succeed is to join a workout group. It’s the positive peer pressure of a workout partner times 6 (at my studio at least!). Groups are great because you can work out with your friends, make new friends, and still get personalized attention. That’s why I’m starting a formal one at my studio in September.

Regardless of the size of your team, you need to make sure that you have one. Losing weight is hard. There are a million obstacles and distractions that bombard us every day. When you utilize the positive support of others, it keeps you on track and keeps moving you down the road to your ultimate goal.

Good Luck!

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