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How Spouses Sabotage Diets

Is your spouse sabotaging your diet?
Is your spouse sabotaging your diet?
Take the quiz and find out!

Trying to lose weight is always easier with support from friends and family. But sometimes, the people you're closest to may feel threatened by the changes. To see if your spouse is being helpful or harmful, Leigh Pujado put together this simple quiz. Have your spouse or partner answer these questions and see how they're doing. 

Spouse/Partner Health, Fitness and Dietary Support Questionnaire

1. Which of the following sentences best describes your spouse’s current dietary needs:

a) Due to recent major red flags found by a physician, my spouse is attempting to make drastic, long term changes to his or her diet including reducing the number of calories and sugar he/she consumes.
b) My spouse is on some diet kick.
c) Heck if I know what he/she needs to eat!

2. When you go grocery shopping, which items are you most likely to put into your cart:

a) Lean meats, whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables.
b) Deli fried chicken, frozen pizza.
c) Donuts, Peanut Butter Captain Crunch and ice cream.

3. What do you consider the three basic macronutrients?

a) Proteins, Carbohydrates, and Fats
b) Fried stuff, Cheesy things and steaks.
c) Cookies, Candies and Ice Cream.


4. Which of the following statements do you most agree with:

a) It is easier for my spouse to stick to new dietary needs when there are nothing but healthy, nutritious foods in our home.
b) I should probably try to not bring so much crappy food into the home so that my spouse won’t be tempted.
c) If my spouse doesn’t want to eat the crap I buy, then he/she should simply not eat it.

5. Which of the following best describes your beliefs about diet and exercise?

a) A healthy diet and regular exercise are integral for a long, healthy life.
b) I know I should eat healthier and exercise more but I lack motivation.
c) I have a death wish as well as a turbulent, passionate relationship with dessert.

The best-case option is that your spouse answers with all a's. If he or she is doing all that, then you've got a truly supportive partner. Any answers from the b's and c's are going to take more work on your part. Here are a few things you can do.

Start by explaining the process. Share what you plan on doing, so that your other half can decide if they want to join you. Don't be upset if they don't want to. Change is hard, but you can make it a little easier if you tell them about what's going to be happening.

Ask your spouse to join you so they don't feel left out. Then you can set goals you both share. If there are things you work together on, it'll make "doing the right thing" easier.

Explore the foods you can both eat. You don't have to settle for boring or bland. If you can't think of anything healthy, visit our website at www.WeEatFit.com for hundreds of ideas.

Take over meal preparation. If your spouse does the cooking and they won't put together healthy options, you need to take control of what you eat. Get in the kitchen and cook the things that are appropriate to your diet plan. Offer to make servings for your spouse so they aren't eating things you might be tempted by.   

Spend time together that doesn't revolve around food. That may mean taking walks, riding bikes or just doing a little yard work together. When the focus is on food, it's easy to overindulge.

Keep the lines of communication open. Let your other half know that your healthy choices won't change how you feel about them. If they don't want to join you, that's OK. Let the changes in your health and your body speak for themselves. Over time, being a positive example may be enough to bring them around. If not, at least you'll be better for it.

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