Apr 07 2017

The Power Of Social Support

We all have those friends who encourage us to have that extra pint or that dessert we don’t need…. For me it’s my friends from uni.  Every time we meet up, we drink, eat rubbish and drink some more. We’re Scottish after all! If I decide to skip the beers…

We all have those friends who encourage us to have that extra pint or that dessert we don’t need….

For me it’s my friends from uni.  Every time we meet up, we drink, eat rubbish and drink some more. We’re Scottish after all!

If I decide to skip the beers when I’m with them, I get hounded all day. It’s a relentless torrent of abuse until I finally give in and have a drink.

They don’t think about what kind of food is on the menu and they look at me like I’ve got two heads if I order anything even remotely healthy.

It is peer pressure at its finest and its enough to ruin a whole week of careful eating!

But it also works the other way for me. When I’m out with the guys I used to play football with, all of whom are health and body concious, asking for a water isn’t such a big deal.

One of us always checks out the menu before we decide on where to eat and they don’t lambaste me for ordering healthy food! I don’t feel so weird around them and a day out doesn’t undo any hard work I’ve been putting in.

It sort of goes without saying then, that the key to successfully becoming healthier and leaner is to create the right close group of friends, family & co-workers.

Your social group’s contribution to your health is so great that research found that if you have an obese friend then your chances of being obese are 45% higher!

Telling your friends about the changes you’re making will help make social situations far easier. If you usually meet your friends in the pub for a pint or a glass of wine, knowing what you’re trying to achieve they may ask to meet you for a coffee instead.  

Getting your partner on board also makes it easier to set yourself up for success.

Having them buy in to the process will give you someone to do activities with, and wil make day to day life much easier. Without them buying bad food and bringing it into the house, temptations will be less…. you’ll be on the journey together.

It can cause resentment, ruin cosy nights in & date night  if you’re going through a big change and not include them in it.

Take control, tell the people you care about how important this is to you, the ones who really care about you, will want you to be happy and support you matter what.

 

Author

James Drummond