Is Weight Loss Hurting Your Relationship?

Life & Love | Gerren Keith Gaynor | 11/07/2013 | 12:15 PM EST

Getting Your Mate To Share In Your Fitness Goals May Not Be So Easy

Losing weight isn’t a walk in the park, and it can be twice as daunting when you don’t have the support of your significant other. In some cases where one embarks on the path to a leaner, healthier body, their partner is not only unsupportive, but may even be a harmful distraction.

Particularly in relationships where both partners are both overweight or out of shape, it can be difficult when your partner attempts to discourage you from becoming your best you. So, how exactly do you handle a partner who doesn’t support your weight loss?

Your first option would be to encourage your mate to join you in your quest to healthier living. Having a partner who’s working towards the same goal gives you not only an extra support system, but could also bring more harmony into your relationship. When you feel good, everyone around you feels good, and there’s nothing like a relationship where both partners are happy with themselves and the person they’re dating.

But getting your mate to share in your fitness goals may not be so easy. Making a lifestyle change takes a huge commitment, and many do not have the willpower that is necessary to a successful weight loss. It can be quite the dilemma when you’re eating a salad and your significant other is eating a giant bag of potato chips two feet away. The temptation can be too much to bear. In the case that your partner shows resistance in joining your weight loss goals, or even in providing moral support, you may want to question his or her motives.

If your partner is discouraging you from executing your weight loss goals, it may just be a sign of jealousy. With weight loss comes a boost in confidence and a more attractive body, which may be just the recipe for a partner who doesn’t want to see you happy. He or she may fear that with your new and improved bod that you’ll be more desirable to others, and may even leave them for someone else. Jealousy is the root to all breakups, and if your partner can’t be happy for your quest to better living, maybe you should reconsider if he or she is the right person for you. Misery loves company, and all is fair in love and fitness.

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