7 Tips to Lose Weight with a Diet Buddy
Guest post by Stacey Wein & April Paine
With bathing suit season just around the corner, now is the perfect time to combine forces and drop those pesky winter pounds. Don’t repeat your last diet attempt, when your best intentions to survive on celery and air ended with your face smothered in chocolate. Get a diet buddy and do it differently this time!
Using a friend to help you stay on track is the perfect way to keep yourself motivated while making weight loss a much more fun experience. Here are 7 tips to help you and your buddy drop all the weight you want.
Choose wisely. Good choices aren’t just for the dinner table. Choose a diet buddy whose goals are in line with yours. If your friend loves to woo you with homemade brownies, she’s probably not the best choice for a partner. Better to choose someone who knows your weaknesses and acts as a support, rather than a saboteur.
Create a contract. In our book, 1 Weight Loss Plan, 2 Friends, 3 Weeks, we encourage diet buddies to sign a contract guaranteeing their commitment to each other. By pledging your allegiance to a friend, you’ve gifted yourself an external butt-kicker to help remind you of your goals when personal motivation falters.
Clear out her pantry. And let her clear out yours!* Be brave as you unveil your sacred stash of sugary delights. Be bold as you throw out her highly addictive, radioactive nibbles. Sync your calendars to join forces as you shop the grocery aisles, just don’t come to blows when she replaces your French baguette with a loaf of whole wheat bread.
*Here’s a great tip for healthy mamas: Get those tot-friendly treats off your shelves! Let that kid crack take up residence in its own drawer, where you won’t be tempted every time you visit the pantry.
Get massages. Or pedicures. As you join hands with your fitness pal and board this how-do-I-convince-myself-these-carrots-are-delicious-ride, you’ll need incentives along the way. Can you walk together for exercise? How about a movie night after you’ve logged your 50th mile on the track? Set goals but plan rewards too!
Be accountable. Agree to write down what you eat each day and share the good news with your diet buddy. Knowing that she will gain strength and inspiration from your successes may keep you from indulging in a late night binge. And if you end up with an empty tub of frosting and no dog to blame, then let your diet buddy know so she can help you get back up on the healthy living horse.
Learn to be nice (to yourself). Are you guilty of self-flagellation? Notice how kind, patient and encouraging you are to your buddy and try to treat yourself with the same love and respect. You would never ignore your friend’s accomplishments yet emphasize her failures. Offer yourself the same consideration.
Live in the now! Whether you want to lose 5 pounds or 50, stop treating your kids’ plates like an all-you-can-eat buffet, or just enjoy swimming with your family, don’t make the mistake of focusing entirely on the future instead of concentrating on the here and now. Keep your eye on the prize (weight loss), but your mind on the task at hand (making better choices day by day). Appreciate and celebrate your rock star status as you make healthy changes. Rejoice in the fact that you aren’t alone, but working hand-in-hand with a friend to reach your goals!
Stacey Wein & April Paine are the authors of 1 Weight Loss Plan, 2 Friends, 3 Weeks: Using the Buddy System to Fight Fat. Stacey is a Californian with 3 kids. April is a Texan with 2 kids. Their motivating weight loss book is available from Amazon, iBooks, Nook, Kindle & Sony.