Build Your Family Support System for Weight Loss SuccessBy Sarah S – Jenny Craig
Having a family support system can make meeting your weight loss goals much easier. As you commit to finding ways to lose weight, get your family excited about new activities and new nutritious foods to try along with you. Here’s how to get your family on board with your weight loss journey.
Ask for support
Sit down and have a chat as a family over dinner. Discuss your plan to lose weight* by becoming a member of Jenny Craig and explain why you are actively making these lifestyle adjustments. Ask for their support, whether that is by words of encouragement from your kids or a little extra help around the house from your husband.
Schedule a weekly family night that is healthy and fun. Allow your family to choose the meal for the night. If they want pizza, you can participate, too, by choosing the “Rising Crust Pizza” from Jenny’s Cuisine®. Follow dinner with an activity the entire family can get excited about, like a dance party in the living room, a walk around the neighborhood, or playing a light game of tag at the park.
Set goals together
As a Jenny Craig member, your consultant can help plan your goals to fit with your family. Is your significant other needing to lose weight, too? Sit down together and set realistic healthy weight loss goals that will benefit you both. Reward each other with non-food items, like a special date night to the movies, a couple’s massage, or tickets to a sports game. Make it a family goal to spend time outside on weekends doing fun activities like going for a bike ride or for a hike.
If you hit a weight loss milestone, celebrate your success together as a family. Get your kids excited about your progress by including them in rewards, such as a fun weekend getaway to the mountains or to the beach.
Make Healthy Eating a Family Affair & Integrate lifestyle changes
Slowly introduce your family to new, healthier food options. Offer a bowl of fruit instead of a plate of cookies. Suggest your kids eat similar to your plan, and eventually, your pantry and refrigerator will be refreshed with foods that can benefit the whole family.
- Add vegetables to breakfast - Start the morning off right for your family by serving a healthy serving of vegetables with eggs. Whether you top scrambled eggs or make omelets, adding vegetables will boost the nutritional value and, of course, the flavor of the most important meal of the day. Try adding sliced avocado, which may help lower bad cholesterol, chopped spicy red peppers, mushrooms and fresh spinach.
- Have fun with zoodles - Use a spiralizer or simply julienne your vegetables and turn them into noodles. Zucchini, which is packed with dietary fiber and vitamins A and C, is the perfect vegetable to transform into a plate of healthy, low-calorie noodles. Top your veggie noodles with fresh, homemade marinara or basil pesto. You can also spiralize other firm vegetables, such as sweet potatoes, carrots, and butternut squash.
- Puree fruits and vegetables - Pureeing fruits and vegetables is probably the easiest way to sneak in more nutrition for your family. A rich tomato sauce is a perfect place to add more nutrients from vegetables. Puree carrots, zucchini, spinach, or even pumpkin and add it to spaghetti sauce. For a quick, on-the-go breakfast for everyone in the family, blend a healthy smoothie that contains protein-packed nonfat Greek yogurt and pureed fruit, like antioxidant-rich berries and bananas.
- Bulk up soups and chili - Adding extra veggies to soups and chili is an easy way to bulk up a warm, comforting meal with extra nutrients. Cube butternut squash, sweet potato, or carrots and stir into your favorite chicken noodle soup or spicy chili. Sweet potatoes are brimming with calcium and beta-carotene and perfectly accompany tomatoes, beans, and lean ground beef in a hot chili.
- Portion it out - Be mindful of just how much you and your family is eating. You don’t need to pick up your measuring cups to figure out serving sizes. Instead, rely on visual cues to help keep portions in check. For example, a serving size of meat is roughly the size of a deck of cards, or a half cup of fruit is the size of a computer mouse.
- Cook together - We know the kitchen is usually where the family gathers. Make the busiest area of the home a healthy, fun place for your family! Make it a Sunday night tradition to cook up a different recipe, getting your kids involved in preparing the meal. Try recipes for garden-fresh vegetable pizza and low-calorie chocolate chip cookies for a kid-friendly meal!