How do I support husband wanting to lose weight

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  • VeryKatie
    VeryKatie Posts: 5,867 Member
    VeryKatie wrote: »
    Thinking of ideas... say you order a pizza, freeze half the moment it arrives for later? Then only 3 slices are available for him if you have one. Or order smaller pizzas.

    If you're cooking, only make what will be eaten in that meal, no leftovers.

    Buy small bags of chips, not big... or don't buy them at all... or like me I only let myself buy them at the end of the month because they are my weakness but I also dont want to live without them.

    Show him MFP or research backed studies saying that weight loss is made in the kitchen. Get him cooking with you. Have him take responsibility for his meals and snacks. Have easy and quick, yet calorie conscious and or healthy snacks ready in the fridge, freezer or pantry (prepared ideally by him, but you if you are willing to do it for the rest of your life). Don't make him feel like he isnt allowed his favourite foods... don't harp on him.

    I don't harp on him
    He orders the pizza after work by the time he gets home he's eaten it...so that's not going to work
    I make extra leftovers intentionally because I meal plan and want to make meals that last for me a few days
    I don't buy chips....he does

    Sorry I wasn't insinuating that you harp on him, I was just saying dont bother. My mom does it to my dad and it does nothing but make them mad at each other.

    If this is the case, there is nothing you can do. Its his body and his decision and if he wont make logical decisions and you're not even there to "help" him as he requested... then there's nothing you can do. You could tell him as much and then move on. A previous post that you wrote sent off a lot of red flag for getting involved as well. He sounds like he is being mean about it and it doesn't sound like you're overly interested in being treated that way. I would just stay out of it, other than possibly to say there is a limit as to how much family time (if you have kids, im not sure) that he can take to go exercise alone.
  • VeryKatie
    VeryKatie Posts: 5,867 Member
    Lietchi wrote: »
    VeryKatie wrote: »
    Thinking of ideas... say you order a pizza, freeze half the moment it arrives for later? Then only 3 slices are available for him if you have one. Or order smaller pizzas.

    If you're cooking, only make what will be eaten in that meal, no leftovers.

    Buy small bags of chips, not big... or don't buy them at all... or like me I only let myself buy them at the end of the month because they are my weakness but I also dont want to live without them.

    Show him MFP or research backed studies saying that weight loss is made in the kitchen. Get him cooking with you. Have him take responsibility for his meals and snacks. Have easy and quick, yet calorie conscious and or healthy snacks ready in the fridge, freezer or pantry (prepared ideally by him, but you if you are willing to do it for the rest of your life). Don't make him feel like he isnt allowed his favourite foods... don't harp on him.

    I don't harp on him
    He orders the pizza after work by the time he gets home he's eaten it...so that's not going to work
    I make extra leftovers intentionally because I meal plan and want to make meals that last for me a few days
    I don't buy chips....he does

    You make extra to have leftovers for yourself, but elsewhere you stated "If I cook something I think will leave leftovers there usually isn't any..." He doesn't eat the leftovers intended for you, I hope?

    The leftovers are for anyone it just makes it easier to leave something to eat for the next few days 🤷‍♀️

    But the leftovers aren't there anyway. You're still cooking just as often. So if you dont make them he can't eat them. And its no change of effort for you.
  • Chef_Barbell
    Chef_Barbell Posts: 6,524 Member
    NovusDies wrote: »
    NovusDies wrote: »
    NovusDies wrote: »
    1. Help him make healthy food choices. He doesn't have to give up pizza, but reduce how much he eats and make it more infrequent. Maybe make ordering pizza a once a month occurance and encourage him to make it last 2 meals, then 3, then maybe even 4. If I want pizza, often I'll have a protein shake or chicken breast first to blunt my appetite. I can put down a large pie no problem on an empty stomach, but not so easily after 6 oz of chicken breast.
    2. Spend active time together. Go for a walk, hike, bike ride, etc. Exercise doesn't have to suck. Plan it, put it in calendar and stick to it rain or shine. You can even do things like put a bike or treadmill in front of the TV and if he wants to watch the game, he has to walk or cycle during it. Or, do sets of pushups during commercials. Have him earn his leisure time.
    3. Hold him accountable. Call him out (kindly). Humans react positively to being believed in and being held to a high standard. Holding ourselves to those standards are much harder alone.
    4. Let him know you notice the effort and that you're proud of him. But, mean it. And you can reward him in the ways only a wife can, ifyaknowwhatimean

    No to 1, 3, and 4. First part of 2 is okay. The second part needs to be HIS idea.

    Sex for weight loss... MAJOR NO.

    You should know by now how much encouragement he might need. I needed and wanted very little from my wife. I definitely did not want her input on what I ate. I do not mean this too negatively but using the term "junk food" does not lead me to believe you would be unbiased enough.

    If he needs help with hunger control point him towards these forums.

    We're all making suggestions here. You really are saying that helping someone make healthy choices and eat less, plan active time together, care enough to hold them accountable and communicate appreciation aren't good forms of support? All of the things I suggested would work with me, it doesn't matter if they don't work for you but just saying "no" to them is pointless. Carry on with your day and make your own suggestions. I don't like pretty much any form of cardio but if my wife wants to go for a hike, I'm happy to join but I'm not likely to suggest it.

    I wasn't suggesting sex for weight loss. I was suggesting it could be possible form of demonstrating appreciation of effort. That being said, I don't agree with you. I've definitely had it be a major component in cutting fat, metrics via fitness tracker. What's your rationale behind utilizing an enjoyable activity that burns a ton of calories (assuming you don't play possum) being a "MAJOR NO"?


    Earned intimacy is not intimacy. It is a form of judgment. Sex as a reward is such a bad idea. This is not a sitcom.

    To the rest of the points a wife should avoid acting like a mother. Chances are he will have to go through a few iterations of try and fail before he figures it out and she does not want her fingerprints on the train if it slides off the track.

    It is best to get your advice from an objective third party that does not live with you. You may not always like what you have to be told and in a close relationship with all the emotions involved you can easily swing back and forth from grateful to resentful. In addition, if he decides to take his foot off the gas or just has a weak moment he should be able to do so without hiding.

    All of these are your opinions, not fact.

    True.

    Opinions based on a lot of experience and observation but just opinions. I might also mention that while still just opinions mine come with less risk of blowing up in the OP's face.

    Also your opinion...

    Ok Ok we get it .... he stated his opinion and not fact, just like you stated your opinion and not fact.

    I'm also going to state my opinion, not fact if that's ok lol

    I'd have to agree with the "Sex as a reward is such a bad idea"
    I don't ever want to feel like I have to earn my husbands love and affection.
    That sounds awful :(

    If you're secure in your relationship, it won't feel like you HAVE to earn it but it can add a fun dimension. I know my wife would be willing anytime but if she said "after you've done X, I'll do Y" I'd be off and running. Not because I think that's the only way it would happen, but it would still be motivating. I didn't say "withhold it unless he earns it", it was tied to showing appreciation. I don't know any red blooded males that wouldn't enjoy being shown appreciation with some physical enjoyment.

    Depends on the male. Not all males are sexually driven.

    And some guys are just like some women . . . normal people who are into sex in many circumstances but aren't really into it being used as a tool to manipulate or provoke certain responses from them.

    If I felt like my husband was using physical affection to influence how often I ate certain foods or in what quantity, it would be a huge turn off. I promise that some men would feel the same way I do, even if some men would be fine with it.

    Same here. I would be looking for the exit door to get away from the red flag of narcissism.
  • NC_Girl
    NC_Girl Posts: 177 Member
    Man people nowadays are so sensitive. Geesh! Good luck OP. Maybe just an 'I love you and if you truly want to do this we can do it together, are you truly ready because I 'll support you 100% and hopefully my caring won't come across as' tough love' because it would be fun to do this together!'