Learning to Communicate During Medical Weight Loss

Communication helps the world go round. As humans, we thrive on communication. We talk with one another, use hand gestures to motion our thoughts, and share glances with others to capture attention and provide added meaning in every day moments.

Cut off from other people, we start to communicate with ourselves—as well as with plants, with animals and with just about anything else we can think of, in just about any way we can.

With communication as such a fundamental aspect of our livelihood, it is pretty surprising how often we try to ignore it. Healthy communication is absolutely essential for any relationship. During your medical weight loss program, learning how to more efficiently communicate with your family, friends, co-workers (and even strangers!) can help you to stay on track with your goals and lose weight.

 

How to Communicate

At the onset of your medical weight loss program, you’ll be encouraged to set certain goals for yourself. These goals may include a number on the scale that you hope to reach, but much beyond that, these goals will entail a series of dietary changes, exercise habits and attitude transitions. Altogether, you’ll be encouraged to give your lifestyle a bit of a make-over.

Changes like these are hard not to notice, and your friends and family members are likely to react to your progress. It is up to you to let them know how they can help you. This means you’ll have to communicate your feelings, goals and frustrations in an effective and non-offensive manner.

 

Here are a few tips to help you start the communication process:

Taking strides to improve your communication patterns with your friends and family members may encourage those who care for you to become resources for accountability and motivation—factors that are hugely helpful during the weight loss process.

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