When losing weight, it’s normal to think about all the benefits you might gain yourself – Like getting a better looking body, having more energy, having better health, and feeling better in yourself.
However, just as important is knowing how your weight affects everyone else in your life. Your family, partner, children, and parents are ALL affected by your weight, either positively or negatively.
To help you have the most motivation and commitment when losing weight, here are 6 reasons to lose weight for the people you love…
1. Setting a healthy example
You may have loved ones who also struggle with their weight just like you, yet they don’t do enough about it. So they will suffer throughout their life, feeling worse than they could, and then end up dying too young.
Your partner, your children, or your parents, could lose weight or live a healthier life, yet instead they suffer and always will… Unless YOU help them to change!
One of the best ways you can help is to set a healthy example yourself. You lose weight, you become healthy, you become fit, and you become a person that inspires them to want to become healthier themselves.
Let’s modify the Mahatma Gandhi quote: “Be the change you wish to see in the world”…
And instead say: “Be the change you wish to see in your family”.
2. Being a role model
Similar to setting a healthy example, you can start seeing yourself as an important “Role model”. You really do influence everyone in your life and you are a role model, whether you’ve realised this up to now or not.
For example, most children copy their parents and follow a similar lifestyle. So, if you are overweight, don’t exercise, eat unhealthy foods, and don’t look after yourself, then you are teaching your children to do exactly the same.
It’s normal to see an overweight and unhealthy parent with overweight and unhealthy children. Why? Because the parent has an unhealthy lifestyle and they pass this on to their children.
One choice you have is to be a negative role model for your children, partner, or parents. In this case, they are much more likely to be overweight and suffer with their weight and health through their life.
OR you can be a positive role model where you lead a healthy lifestyle and show them the way to do exactly the same. They will then live a healthier and happier life, and avoid much suffering and future problems.
Part of this process is creating a supportive environment at home. You encourage healthy habits to become the norm, and you make it easier for everyone to make positive choices and maintain a healthy weight.
3. Having better quality time
When you are struggling with your weight, you will also be struggling with your energy. Your physical and mental energy are much lower than what they could be.
You might feel tired through the day, not have much energy left later in the day, and feel more irritable and stressed. Then factor in that you may not like your body and are fed up of being overweight, and you will feel well below your best.
This affects your interactions with your family and friends, and gives you poorer quality time with them. You miss out on fun times and better times with the people you love, and so do they!
For example, you might not have the energy or patience to play games with your children, or you may not feel as much like having fun times and intimate times with your partner.
When you lose weight and get a healthier and fitter body, you can totally transform your time with the people that you love. You have more energy to really “be” with your family, and mentally you feel more like engaging with them on a deeper level.
You can feel more enthusiastic for activities in general because you have more energy in the tank. You can also gain more enjoyment from taking part in physical activities, like bike rides with your children or walks with your partner.
Being a fully active and involved person in the lives of your loved ones means that you have better and stronger relationships, and you will also create experiences and memories that make you all feel closer and happier.
4. Living a longer life
Being overweight is proven to give you a much higher risk of getting illnesses and diseases. For example, you have higher risk of suffering from heart disease and heart attacks, stroke, high blood pressure, diabetes, cancers, osteoporosis, arthritis, and depression.
This means that you not only have a poorer quality life and feel worse than you could every day, BUT you are also likely to die too young.
Would you like to die younger than you should and miss out on years of your life with the people you love? Of course not!
Or would you like to spend an extra 5, 10, or 20 years, being able to enjoy your life with the people that you love? Yes please!
Your weight and how well you look after your health (or not), plays a massive role in this.
It’s simple really – Lose weight and become healthy and fit if you want to make the most of your life with the people you love. Otherwise, you and your loved ones all suffer.
5. Reducing the burden
The chances are that if you are overweight, you are adding extra burden onto your loved ones.
They will worry about how your weight could affect your health and where this may be leading. For example, they may see you as like a ticking time bomb, just waiting to have a serious health problem, like a heart attack.
They are likely to feel some sadness from seeing you struggling with your weight and being well below your best.
They may also need to care for you, either now or in the future. Carrying excess weight often leads to health complications where you need additional support from your loved ones.
By losing weight you can reduce the burden on the people you love because you look better, you feel better, and you minimise the risk of suffering from illnesses and diseases such as heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, diabetes, and joint problems.
By taking care of your health, you are ultimately ensuring that your loved ones can worry less about you and focus on enjoying quality time with you.
The very best thing you can do to help the people you love is to lose weight and reach a healthy weight!
6. Becoming a happier person
Losing weight can have such a positive effect on you and how you feel…
You gain more confidence and self-esteem. This allows you to be more open, engaging, and present in your interactions with the people you love.
You feel better about yourself and so other people feel better being around you. You and your partner, children, and parents, all benefit.
You feel less tired and less stressed which creates a more positive and harmonious atmosphere at home.
You have better brain function, including having improved mental clarity, which helps to overcome family difficulties or keep them at bay.
Overall, you become a happier and more positive person, which means you have better and more positive relationships with the people you love.
Lose weight for the people you love
Most people who want to lose weight, don’t realise the full impact their weight is having on the people they love. It’s easy to be too absorbed in your own problems and struggles to see the bigger picture.
It’s different for YOU now!
You have a much better appreciation of how your weight affects the people that you love, and you can use this for added motivation and inspiration to lose weight and reach a healthy weight.
So, lose weight for a better and healthier life for you, yes… And also lose weight for a better and happier life with the people you love.
For more help to lose weight and get the best life for you and your family, join the BoostMyLife Online Program. You will learn how to lose weight in the most healthy way, so you can overcome your weight problems and get on with enjoying your life with your family 😊