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How Can I Help My Guy Lose Weight?

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How do you walk the line between caring girlfriend and food police? Our experts offer their advice.
"My boyfriend asked for help losing weight, but now he calls me the food police. What can I do?"

There's a fine line between caring girlfriend and control freak. No one likes to be nagged, so give him a pat on the back when he makes a healthy choice rather than correcting him when he slips up, says Hollie Raynor, PhD, RD, an assistant professor of nutrition at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. Turn food decisions into a team effort by saying, "I'm proud of you for making these changes. What else can I do to help?" Offer to stock the fridge with precut fruits and veggies for snacking or pick up his go-to healthy foods at the supermarket.


Originally published in FITNESS magazine, October 2009.


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3/4/2012 03:15:46 AM Report Abuse
pcygal1 wrote:

there is no method into helping someone do something except for encouragement. Though you can say something, in the end the person has to be willing to do it for themselves. Along with exercise and diet, losing weight is more about the mental drive. You can lead a horse to water but you cant make it drink.

3/19/2010 07:17:14 AM Report Abuse
Joanna0G wrote:

There is not a lot of detail in this one little paragraph, but at least it offers some advice.

12/15/2009 01:21:52 PM Report Abuse
cac0451 wrote:

I think the advice is alright, but I would like to know about more methods and specifics than just congratulations for eating right. I think it helps to be an example (ie you usually choose the healthy foods or drinking water instead of pop, etc). Sometimes that can be encouraging without being condescending. It works both ways too, for girls helping their boyfriends or boyfriends helping their girlfriend or friends helping each other.

11/30/2009 09:40:44 PM Report Abuse
thedarknessrock89 wrote:

Why should the girl HAVE to help the guy (it's like being their mum for crying out loud!)? If he certainly doesn't help himself, or you... I don't feel comfortable with giving him a "pat on the back" because it's too patronising- something all men must hate. I agree with elizabeth.epperson. This didn't give any sound advice, and just blamed us for their inability to look after themselves (if they are incapable- yes, I know some men are, but I'm talking about the ones relevant to this article!).

11/30/2009 11:33:15 AM Report Abuse

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