“Honey, why do not you drop a few pounds?”

The opinion of the couple usually has more weight than others. Therefore, you may have suggested to your partner that it would be convenient to reduce a few pounds (or kilos). Your intention is good, but be careful not to sound too critical. In that case, your advice could be counterproductive.That has found a recent study according to which the insistence of the loved one so that the other follows a diet can lead to reactions that are not healthy. Avoid doing the same.

Do you want to help your partner lose weight? Maybe it’s better to do it with a lot of tact and without her feeling pressured. A recent study by researchers at the University of Minnesota found that both women and men who had received suggestions from their partners to follow a diet tended to react negatively, triggering unhealthy habits such as fasting and Take diet pills, which can cause serious eating disorders .

To arrive at these results, which were published in the American Journal of Health Promotion , researchers surveyed nearly 1,300 young adults in Minnesota between 20 and 31 years of age, who were in a relationship, in 2008 and the 2009. Among the participants, about half had a normal weight or a low weight, 27 percent were overweight and 22 percent were obese.

From the data analyzed, it can be deduced that more than 40 percent of the respondents had had extreme diet behaviors in the previous year. For example, about 14 percent of women who were not encouraged to eat a diet had binge eating , while almost twice (more than 25 percent) of those who were “encouraged” to do so diet, had this behavior.

For their part, 4 percent of men whose partners did not encourage them to eat a diet had binge eating, compared to 14 percent of those who received constant orders to die.

Likewise, about half of the men and women surveyed said that their partners encouraged them to diet with little, some or much frequency and more than 56 percent said that their partners were dieting to lose weight.

Although the researchers did not ask the respondents about the reasons for these reactions, one possibility is that when the couple tells their partner or partner to lose weight, even with the best intentions, can make the other feel little attractive, which can be very painful.

In addition, the demands of losing weight and “dieting” can make obese or overweight people feel that everything they like now is forbidden and filled with frustration. The ideal, in reality, is not to ban or eliminate what they like most, but to start a healthier eating plan , something that is much more complex than simply eating less. What works best is changing negative eating habits in the long term , to lose excess weight without regaining it shortly after leaving the “diet” .

In this aspect, the couple can have an important role, by being willing to change those negative patterns and by participating in the selection of new foods and dishes. In addition, it is vital that the couple feel appreciated and loved, regardless of the pounds or kilos that weigh. My advice is that both advise and consult a qualified nutrition specialist to advise them to eat better and improve the health of both.

Preparing food and sharing it are very important family activities. Both should feel comfortable sitting at the table, without complexes or recriminations, but enjoying the dishes and the company of the other. A couple is a team, and they have to function as a team, even to fight against overweight!

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