Conversation Starters Conversation Starters

Losing Weight: Conversation starters

Begin by saying, “I care about you.”

“You are important to me, and I want you around for a long time.”

“I want you to have more energy and not worry about your health. That’s why I want to help you reach a healthy weight.”

Share what has worked for others.

If you know friends, family members, or co-workers who have lost weight by eating healthy and getting active, share some of their tips. Here are some ideas:

  • Try losing weight slowly, about 1 to 2 pounds each week.
  • Eat smaller portions.
  • Keep a food diary. Every day, write down what and how much you eat.
  • Eat a healthy breakfast.
  • Drink water instead of sugary drinks like soda or juice.
  • Do something active every day – take the stairs, go for a walk at lunch, or enjoy a family bike ride.
  • Join a walking club or support group to keep you motivated.

Do more than talk.

“How can I help you lose weight?”

“What can we do together to get healthy?”

Here are some ideas:

  • Go food shopping together. Compare food labels to make healthy choices.
  • If you go out to eat, split a meal or save half to take home.
  • Go for a walk every evening or take an exercise class together.
  • Celebrate your loved one’s weight loss, but don’t use food as a reward.

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