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Q“My part­ner’s gain­ing weight. How should I en­cour­age him to get healthy with­out mak­ing him self-con­scious or up­set?”

You sound like you have an in­sight into your part­ner’s self-es­teem, which will help you tackle this is­sue with care.

Start with the most ef­fec­tive way of help­ing him to lose weight: his diet. If you do the shop­ping or cook­ing, you have the power to in­flu­ence his eating. Buy fresh fruit and veg­eta­bles, and less junk food, and try to get cre­ative with your cook­ing. Grat­ing veg­gies into a stew or a soup is an ex­cel­lent trick!

When your part­ner feels like eating badly, get him in­volved with a task to help take his mind off food. Es­pe­cially if it’s some­thing he loves, like sex!

Al­though diet has the big­gest im­pact on weight loss, be­com­ing more ac­tive is im­por­tant for gen­eral health. Get your part­ner mov­ing by go­ing for walks or do­ing things to­gether, like danc­ing.

Your af­fir­ma­tion is very im­por­tant to your part­ner, so be sin­cere and tell him when he looks good. En­cour­age him when he’s do­ing a phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity with you and point out how much you en­joy each other’s bod­ies when you’re both feel­ing fit, healthy and full of en­ergy.

Help your part­ner work through this and he will ap­pre­ci­ate you even more.

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