4 Ways to Encourage Others to Lose Weight Motivating loved ones to get into shape and lose weight can be a difficult situation regardless of the type of relationship. The person, especially a significant other, may feel as if you are being selfish. A parent or child may feel as if you are ashamed of them. Regardless of the situation or relationship, below are a few ideas which may help you convince them weight loss is in their best interest. You may want to first convince them just how unhealthy their weight is. If the person is your child or spouse, make an appointment with your doctor’s office. Your doctor will be able to tell you both exactly how many pounds you need to lose. They can discuss things like diabetes, hypertension, joint problems, and most importantly the health of your heart. Not that most people don’t know about these health issues already, but when a doctor tells a person, “you are headed for an early grave if you don’t lose weight,” that can be motivation onto itself. Make sure you speak with the doctor about your weight as well. Most people do not realize they may need to drop a few pounds themselves according to medical standards. By doing so, you can make the weight loss journey for both of you a ‘team’ effort. If the doctor’s office does not work, try convincing them with appropriate tones. Name calling, degrading the person, or otherwise just being mean, will not have the person rushing out in order to get fit for you. Showing them you are truly concerned about their health and happiness is a much more effective way to convince them to lose weight. Third, set tangible goals which will directly benefit them and only them. Each person and their situation is different, so we won’t rattle off the thousands of types of goals one could strive for when trying to lose weight. However; one of the goals which could work for most people, especially if they need to lose 20 pounds or more, is to let them know they will have to buy a whole new wardrobe in order to fit their smaller frame. A clothes buying goal appeals to most people, both men and women. Lastly, and if it is an option, get professional weight loss help when you need it. This can come in the form of signing them up (with their permission of course) for an adult weight loss camp. A weight loss camp may just jump start a person’s motivation to stay committed to losing weight. Visit One Fitness Camp to learn more.