Is being overweight contagious?
I saw a poster once that said “God, if I can’t be thin then please make my friends fat.”
A good support system is important when you are trying to make positive changes in your life. It is easy to slip into old habits so having someone to keep you in check can help to keep you on track.
However, your friends, spouse or family could also be contributing to your bad habits. Or even worse, they could be sabotaging your efforts (hopefully without meaning to).
Things to be on the lookout for:
Despite your pleas they continue to bring your weakness foods into the house and eat them in front of you constantly asking you if you would like some.
“Oh you have been doing so well, you deserve another margarita/piece of cake/etc.”
Do you and your pals always center gatherings around comfort food and drinks?
Your spouse/friend talks you out of your workout to go shopping, eat, etc.
You get into the habit of eating the same amount as your spouse/friend who is 5 inches taller than you. (this happens to a lot of newlywed ladies).
According to a few studies published in peer-reviewed journals like the New England Journal of Medicine, we tend to change our idea of what is an acceptable body type according to the people around us. If your friend is obese, the studies all claim that you are 57% more likely to become obese as well.
Losing weight can be isolating.
One of my clients told me that she was so shocked that once she had begun losing a lot of weight she received fewer and fewer invitations for eating out from some of her friends.
There are people out there who cannot help but be jealous of your success or who feel that by admitting your success only makes their lack there of more evident. You need to have at least one person in your life that you can depend on to support you. Or better yet, find a weight loss/workout buddy and support each other.
And for heaven’s sake, cover your mouth when they wheel out the dessert tray.