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Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

My husband has been trying to lose weight and has been actively working out multiple times a week. But he hasn't seen as much difference as he would like and wants to eat healthier. Problem is, I'm actively trying to gain weight as I have some dietary restrictions that make it harder for me to sustain my weight. Do you have any suggestions on how I can be supportive?

-Twig

A:

Dear Twiggy, 

Absolutely! You don't have to be on the same exact health journey as your husband to support him. You have different goals, but you can help each other out by encouraging each other! Talk to him about ways that you can help him do better. 

I don't know anything about each of your individual dietary restrictions, but one idea I had was cooking good healthy meals together (even if they're not the same thing) and enjoying them together. If that's not really a possibility, you could help each other keep track of any weight or fitness goals you both have. Get to know the kinds of things he's working on and ask him how it's going that day/that week. You can celebrate each other's victories! 

Cheers, 

Guesthouse

posted on 01/08/2019 4:40 p.m.
My husband committed to a new diet and lost 80 pounds this past year. To help him get on track, I did the diet with him for the first 3 months. At that point, I lost about 15 pounds and was about 3 pounds away from being under weight, so I stopped the diet and started eating normally again. He was able to easily continue because of the habits he had already established.

I think that even if you don't do this diet with your husband, there are things you can do to make it easier for him.

When I went off the diet, I had the top shelves of the pantry devoted to his foods and the bottom shelves devoted to mine. I made a little curtain so he didn't even have to see my foods that might tempt him.

When he first started the diet, I went online and found 40+ recipes that worked for the diet and actually looked good. I printed them out and put them alphabetically in a folder. When we do our meal planning we look through the folder and get out the recipes we're going to eat that week.

I make sure he has diet appropriate snacks, so he doesn't ever feel like there's nothing to eat and just give up.

I keep my most tempting non-diet food at work, and eat it for lunch. At dinner, when we eat together, I keep it more simple and try not to eat too many things he'll be jealous of.

It can be tricky, but you can do it!