So, your girlfriend has been dropping some hints that you could stand to lose a few pounds.
You’ve taken a look in the mirror and can see that there have been a few changes.
What should you do?
Here 14 great tips on how to deal with your girlfriend’s demands to lose weight
1) First, ask yourself why she wants you to lose weight
What you do and how you react to the fact that your girlfriend wants you to lose weight is highly dependent on her intent.
Ask yourself: Does she want you to lose weight because she thinks you’re fat and is embarrassed to be seen with you? Does she want to go walk around with a perfectly sculpted Greek god?
Or is it because she cares about your health and is worried about possible heart issues and diabetes if you don’t shed a few pounds?
If it’s the former, feel free to ignore her, tell her that if she doesn’t like you the way that you are she can find someone better.
But, if it’s the latter, I’d listen to what she has to say.
2) Decide it’s what you want to do
If your girlfriend is worried about your health and thinks you should lose weight, you need to also decide that it’s what you want to do.
Before you try to lose weight you need to decide that it’s what you want to do – that it’s your choice.
The thing is that it will be much easier to do something that you have free will over, rather than something you feel you’re being forced into.
She’s worried about you and wants you around for a long time. She doesn’t want you to have heart problems or to develop diabetes in the future.
She cares about you, and now it’s up to you to care enough about yourself to get healthy and lose weight. So, do you?
3) Work to improve yourself on a whole
If you’ve decided to work out to become a better and healthier version of yourself, I recommend going a step further and improving yourself not only physically, but spiritually too.
Who wouldn’t want to improve themselves?
I know I do.
The problem is that there are far too many fake gurus out there ready to sell you on unrealistic and ineffective solutions for improving your life by becoming a “better version” of yourself.
They want you to meditate, radiate “positive vibrations” and visualize the life of your dreams. They say this will make it come true.
Here’s the crazy thing:
Visualization and positive vibes won’t bring you closer to your dreams, and they can actually drag you backwards into time-wasting, idle fantasy and frustration.
But it’s hard to become a better version of yourself when you’re being hit with so many Instagram influencers telling you how a special kind of yoga, diet, or incense will transform your life.
You can end up trying so hard and not finding the answers you need that your life and dreams begin to feel hopeless.
You want solutions, but all you’re being told is to create a perfect utopia inside your own mind. It doesn’t work.
I want you to turn off all the noise for a second and get back to absolute basics.
What are you here for?
Before you can experience a real change, you need to really know your purpose.
I learned about the power of purpose from watching Ideapod co-founder Justin Brown’s video on the hidden trap of improving yourself.
Justin used to be addicted to the self-help industry and New Age gurus, who sold him on visualization and positive thinking. It left him lost and confused.
That’s why he traveled to Brazil to meet the renowned shaman Rudá Iandê, who taught him a life-changing new way to find your purpose and use it to transform your life and everything around you.
After watching the video, I discovered my purpose in life and it completely busted through the issues I was having with loneliness and feeling useless. This new way of finding success by finding your purpose actually helped me to become healthier and happier.
4) Set realistic goals
Setting goals is one of the most important parts of any transformation process. It can help you define your own identity, as well as set yourself apart from the rest of the pack.
When it comes to fitness, it’s important to set realistic goals.
If you’re just getting started with a fitness program and want to drop 20 pounds in a month, that’s great, but it’s neither realistic nor healthy.
Another thing to keep in mind is that it’s not about getting “thin” or super “muscly”. It’s about getting healthy and strong.
There are plenty of fitness pros out there who are very fit and healthy, but carry a few extra pounds and are still very attractive.
5) Set up a routine and stick to it
When it comes to losing weight, the most important thing is sticking to a routine. You need to set up a workout schedule and eat healthy on a regular basis.
Train your body to expect those activities and you’ll have an easier time keeping up with them.
A good way of setting goals is to start with small ones and work your way up. The key here is to keep moving forward, even if you have a bad workout or eat something unhealthy.
It’s all about making progress, not perfection.
6) Make it fun
A lot of people have issues with sticking to their fitness routines because they hate working out.
Try to find an activity that you really enjoy because there are tons of benefits to exercise! If you don’t like the gym, then go swimming or jogging or riding your bike.
Here are some ways to make exercising enjoyable – listen to music, exercise with a friend, or try to make a game out of it – set up a competition with yourself or with someone else and make it fun!
7) If it becomes too hard, take a breath
If you’re putting too much pressure on yourself to lose weight, or if your girlfriend is pushing you too hard and you feel like you want to give up, there is something you can do to feel better.
And it’s as simple as taking a breath.
When I was struggling the most in life, I was introduced to an incredible free breathwork video created by the shaman, Rudá Iandê.
With a focus on dissolving stress and boosting inner peace, it was hard to resist giving it a go.
What made this breathwork video so effective?
Well, it comes down to the man behind it all. Rudá created these unique flows using a combination of ancient shamanic techniques and healing breathwork sequences.
He’s spent years developing them to help people find their inner peace.
So, if you feel a disconnect with yourself due to stress of trying to lose weight, I’d recommend checking out Rudá’s free breathwork video.
He’ll give you the tools to start injecting peace and confidence back into your life, from the very first breathwork exercise.
8) Find your motivation
It’s important for you to find your motivation for losing weight. If you don’t have any, then you won’t be able to stick with it long enough to see the results.
If you’re struggling to find your motivation, here are some things that will help:
- Start with small goals – if you’re trying to lose a lot of weight, then set up smaller goals – like dropping 5 pounds. Once you achieve that goal it will feel great and motivate you to continue to the next one.
- Find a role model – there are tons of fitness pros on Instagram that follow this exact strategy. Follow them and get inspired!
- Ask for support – tell your friends and family about your goals, and ask them for support. You’ll feel better knowing that they’re there to help you out.
9) Get back on track when things go wrong
Every now and then, we all have bad days when we eat something unhealthy or skip our workouts completely.
It’s important not to beat yourself up over it, but rather learn from it and get back on track as soon as possible!
It’s easy to fall off the wagon when you’re losing weight, but if you can get back up every time it happens, then you’ll be able to keep going until you reach your goal!
10) Don’t compare yourself to others
This is one of the most important things when it comes to losing weight and getting fit: stop comparing yourself to others!
Instead of comparing yourself with other people who are more fit than you, why don’t you focus on being healthier than those who aren’t?
That way, when someone compliments your physique (and they will) they’ll be complementing your hard work rather than your genetics.
And if someone says something like “Wow look at his abs!” just reply “I’ve been working hard for them!” and let them know how much time and effort you’ve put into it.
11) Be positive and encourage yourself
If you’re struggling to stay motivated, then try to think of all the reasons why you’re doing this in the first place.
Think about how much better you’ll feel when you’re at your ideal weight and how good it will feel to know that you did it!
Think about how great it will be to wear those clothes that are too small for now and how great it will be when strangers tell you that you look amazing!
When I started losing weight, I was very self-conscious of my body. I used to hate taking pictures of myself, but then I reminded myself of all the reasons why I was doing this in the first place – to feel better, have more energy, and live a healthier lifestyle.
So every time I felt discouraged or didn’t want to work out or eat healthy, I would think about all those things and get right back on track! It really helped me stay motivated throughout my journey.
12) Eat healthily
When it comes to losing weight and getting fit, eating healthily is essential!
You can’t expect to lose weight if all you do is eat junk food!
So try to make healthy eating a lifestyle change.
Start by making small changes in your diet, like replacing your normal breakfast with fruit or oatmeal.
Then, move on to bigger changes, like removing sodas and other sugary drinks from your diet.
And once you’ve gotten used to eating healthy and feeling good about yourself, you can work on losing weight!
I started by working out regularly and eating healthier foods. I also tried my best not to skip workouts or cheat on my diet. And when I felt discouraged or didn’t want to work out or eat healthy food anymore, I would think about how much better I would feel once I lost the weight!
It really helped me stay motivated throughout my journey.
13) Get enough sleep
Losing weight is hard enough without not getting any sleep!
Getting enough sleep is important for your body because it allows you to build muscle and burn fat more efficiently.
So try going to bed early so that you wake up early too!
If you want some extra help falling asleep at night, then why not try listening to soothing music? It’s a good way of winding down before bedtime and helps me relax before falling asleep easier than anything
14) Don’t give up!
It’s so easy to give up when we don’t see immediate results – especially if we’ve tried multiple times before with no success.
But don’t give up just yet – keep going until you reach your goal! It may take longer than expected – but that’s okay! You’ll get there eventually if you don’t quit too soon.
If your girlfriend wants you to lose weight, make sure it’s because she loves you and is worried about your health and not because she’s trying to date Thor.
If you’ve decided to lose weight to get healthier, good for you!
Remember, losing weight is a journey – and it may take some time before you see the results you want. Be patient with yourself and try not to give up! You can do it!
Can a relationship coach help you too?
If you want specific advice on your situation, it can be very helpful to speak to a relationship coach.
I know this from personal experience…
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