Navigating a weight loss journey, especially bariatric weight loss, is difficult for the person trying to lose weight, but many people don’t realize how it affects their partner. There can be misunderstandings that lead to heated discussions, which creates additional stress for everyone. Managing weight is a lifelong process, so understanding what each partner is going through is crucial for maintaining a healthy relationship longterm.
The weight loss process can be full of ups and downs. It is an emotional roller coaster, from the celebration of every pound lost to intense disappointment if it is gained back again. The person trying to lose weight will often be hard on themselves, so if their partner doesn’t have extreme patience and compassion, it can exacerbate the situation. For both, it can be a challenge to constantly maintain a positive outlook, as one person’s bad attitude usually affects their partner. Try not to ruin each other’s day!
For the person losing weight:
For the partner:
Celebrating every milestone is important to staying motivated; accomplishing goals should always be recognized! However, the traditional celebration of going out to dinner may not be the best choice in this case, for obvious reasons. More creative options are endless, but here are some ideas the average person may not think about:
The rewards of successful weight loss are worth striving for, even if it does create a strain here and there. It’s important for both of you to remember the “Relationship is Number One” and should always come first. If the relationship stays healthy and positive, you will both benefit in the long run!