The season of New Year’s Resolutions is upon us. The smell of new gym memberships is in the air, the grocery stores are low on kale, and everyone is taking the stairs. Now is a great time to feed off the positive energy around you and work on forming new healthy habits.
Amid the Instagram tags and Facebook posts, do you share your weight loss plans with the people in your life? There are pros and cons of getting others involved in your personal journey, so you’ll want to do a bit of reflection before you share your plans with the world. EMP180˚ encourages you to consider the following pros and cons of discussing your weight loss:
Having a support system can be invaluable for weight loss. Making new, healthy routines can be fun if you have the right people doing it with you. If you share your goals with friends, they may help out by suggesting healthier restaurants when you go out, or having quality time be active rather than sedentary. If you live with someone, sharing your goals may keep unhealthy snacks out of the house (or at least out of your eyesight).
Sharing your goals with other people may encourage an unwarranted sense of competition. It’s important to remember that everyone’s weight loss journey is different. If you’re worried about people in your circle comparing weight loss, ask your friends if you can talk about tips rather than numbers. For example, it’s much healthier to compare quick weeknight dinner recipes than who lost the most in a week.
Studies show that people who tell others about their weight loss goals tend to lose more weight or maintain itbetter than those who don’t. Holding yourself accountable can help you achieve your long-term goals, especially if you’re a person who tends to make NYE resolutions that fizzle out within the month. Having someone ask you about your goals, even if it’s just to make polite conversation, can be a great call to action.
Sharing your weight loss goals with others may encourage them to bring up their goals with you. Even though this can be a great opportunity for improving the health of everyone in your life, losing weight is a very individual process. You may have different levels of commitment or different ideas of what behaviors will help you reach your goals. Not sharing your goals can give you more time to focus on what you personally need to improve, and encourage you to be more mindful of what truly works for you .
Friends can be a great sounding board for when you’re struggling. Maybe a friend has a recommendation for a healthy lunch out, or has a workout app that has really helped them. Hearing advice from people who are close to you in age, have similar hobbies, or live nearby can help find things that will work for you personally with a little less trial and error.
That said, chances are that your friends aren’t nutritionists. While there is nothing wrong with doing some solid internet research, not every source is reputable. The weight loss field is especially notorious for having mixed recommendations on foods and diet strategies, and sometimes diets are touted even if they’re downright harmful. If you’re a person who already has a strategy in place and knows people who tend toward extreme diets, maybe be more discrete about your specific strategy.
The Happy Medium?
To reap the benefits of accountability without uncomfortable competition, get a nutritionist to assist you on your journey. Having a health professional to support you will ensure that you’re getting current, scientific advice with multitudes of ideas on how to navigate hurdles and form healthy habits. Best of all, nutritionists can better prepare you for the transition from being “on a diet” to maintaining a lifestyle of eating well. This new year, consider making EMP180˚ your new weight loss ally. With weekly body composition analyses and coaching, we can help you make 2019 the best (and healthiest) year ever.
Not sure where to start?
Come into EMP180 to begin your weight loss journey. In addition to planning meals and snacks, we can help you explore the reasons behind over-eating and teach you how to manage difficult social occasions. Let’s work on establishing healthy habits that work for you and your lifestyle!
At EMP180° we offer a personalized approach to nutrition and weight loss. We support you throughout your weight loss journey, giving you the tools to lose the weight and EMPowering you to keep it off—forever.