Last updated: Mar 02, 2016
- Be up-front. Let friends and family know you're making changes in your eating habits. It may stop loved ones from offering you foods you're trying to avoid and encourage healthy cooking at group events. Asking them for help also adds accountability.
- Buddy up. The fact is, two-thirds of American adults are overweight and, chances are, you have friends or coworkers who may be interested in changing their eating behavior as well. Research shows that when one person slims down, those around him or her are more likely to lose, according to a 2007 study by researchers at Harvard Medical School and the University of California, San Diego.
- Start small. If you're worried about food pushers, make small, less noticeable changes instead of obvious ones. It will help you ease into weight loss and avoid unwanted attention. For example, at the next family dinner, use a salad plate when you go through the buffet. Chances are, no one will notice your little switch, and you'll be consuming less food.