Not Quite The "Freshman 15"

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SarahsFairytale Posts : 28 Registered: 9/24/07
Not Quite The "Freshman 15"
Posted: Aug 17, 2008 11:06 PM

hey everyone. since FH and I have met, we've both gained a considerable amount of weight, mostly just from getting so comfortable with eachother and always going out to eat. we've both recognized that we need to lose major lbs. but he seems to have the hardest time getting motivated. his schedule's kind of hectic, so he's always eating out, which always means fast foods. sure, he could get salads but there's only so much of that a person can take.

i;m wondering how i can help get him really motivated without coming off as pushy or trying to change him, cuz i'm not, i just know that we'd both be a lot happier if we both lost the weight. and the reason i'm only asking for help for him is because i'm more easily motivated and have already begun to put my plan into action. he, however, needs some help =/

 

thanks in advance!

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TanisJ Posts : 2,669 Registered: 4/25/07
Re: Not Quite The "Freshman 15"
Posted: Aug 17, 2008 11:56 PM Go to message in response to: SarahsFairytale

Trying to motivate anyone to lose weight is tricky to do without offending them. I had a similar situation with my DH, only I was the only one who gained weight! I was already exercising and trying to watch what I ate but my DH is 6'8" and I just couldn't keep up. One thing I told him that really helped change his attitude was "I want us to have a long and healthy life together". When he saw I just wanted to be with him as long as possible rather than me being a nag his attitude changed.

I would definitely focus on the healthy benefits of eating rather than even mentioning weight loss. If want to mention weight, just mention your own.

In terms of eating out, could you encourage him to pack his own lunch and/or snacks? This is obviously easier if you live together so if you are not now this will be a good tactic when you get married. Actually all the food is easier once you get married. My DH and are constantly adjusting our food so we can both be happy.

In terms of other motivation, like they say "actions speak louder than words" so take care of yourself first. Once your FH sees you doing that he might just want to join in.

I am a regular poster in the what got you motivated thread, which started just a few weeks ago. At the beginning of the thread are many, many motivational tips. Unfortunately my computer is acting up and wont copy and paste or I would post a link to the thread. If you put motivation in the forum search it will pop right up.

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mrspinky Posts : 3,773 Registered: 3/14/08
Re: Not Quite The "Freshman 15"
Posted: Aug 18, 2008 4:47 PM Go to message in response to: SarahsFairytale

Sarah - I'd def start by getting yourself in a good workout routine and eating habits before trying to motivate DH. Maybe once DH sees how you've been changing for the better, it will get him to change as well.

Check out Sparkpages, there is a TON of motivation/advice on those pages!

Found this today: news.yahoo.com/s/hsn/20080816/hl_hsn
/freshmanweightgainhasmanyculprits

SATURDAY, Aug. 16 (HealthDay News) -- Irresponsible eating, lack of exercise and alcohol consumption are among the factors that contribute to the Freshman 15, which refers to the extra pounds packed on by many new college students, according to a Duke University expert.


Many freshmen don't know how to select or make healthy meals, and stress from heavy class loads and the struggle to achieve good grades can make them eat food at the wrong time, said Elisabetta Politi, nutrition director at the Duke Diet and Fitness Center. Processed convenience foods are an easy option when students are up late cramming for tests or finishing papers.


Campus gatherings often include alcohol, which has a lot of calories. But it affects weight in other ways, too.


"When you drink alcohol, your resistance to everything goes down, including your resistance to temptation of fatty foods. You tend to eat more when you drink," Politi said in a Duke news release.


She also noted that many students who are physically active in high school become couch potatoes when they start college.


Politi offered a number of tips to help new college students keep their weight under control:

Make a plan. Know when your classes are and plan how to eat healthy between classes and where to get appropriate foods. Eat breakfast. If you're in a hurry, keep it simple by choosing whole grain cereal with milk and a piece of fruit. Have a good supply of fruits and vegetables so you have something healthy to eat when you need a snack. When it comes to beverages, drink lots of water, choose sugar-free drinks, and have a few glasses of low-fat or fat-free milk each day. The protein in milk can help you feel full longer. Use the "plate your portion" strategy to maintain portion control. Fill half your plate with vegetables and fruit, one-quarter with grains (possibly whole grains), and one-quarter with lean protein. Avoid mayonnaise-heavy side dishes such as coleslaw, potato salad and macaroni salad. Keep a food diary, which will help you assess and change your eating habits. Get at least 30 minutes of physical activity a day.

Mrs. Pinky

 


 

 



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