Healthy friend diet – Surround yourself with people like yourself

Healthy friend diet – Surround yourself with people like yourself
July 12, 2017 Johan Dahlström

To be on a diet is difficult and we want to make it as easy as possible for us, so lets talk about one thing many people don’t think about. Did you know that weight gain is also something you can catch from your friends? Yes, like cold cough and flu, weight loss and gain is also contagious. It means that if your best friends are gaining weight there is a very high probability that you would too. That doesn’t sound fun, does it? So what is it that you need to do? Get yourself a healthy friend diet!

The social circle: A healthy friend diet means that to cultivate healthy habits in yourself, you need to surround yourself with people with equally (or almost) healthy lifestyle. Your eating, and lifestyle habits mirror your family, friends and social surroundings. Well, it also makes a lot of sense, doesn’t it? Try to imagine a situation when all your friends go out for dinner. You are the only one ordering a salad and everyone else orders giant cheese burgers with a side of fries. The same thing happens 4 or 5 times a week. What happens then, you give in to the temptation (you being human being and all that!) and next few nights you eat burgers and fries, and slowly it becomes a habit! I am sure we have all found ourselves in this situation. So what do you do then? It is true that we can’t be expected to befriend people based on their eating habits. But it’s ok to design the social interaction, based on your health goals. If you feel that a dinner out sabotages your weight goals, then maybe it would be a good idea to eat in, where you can design a menu. Another way could be to  look for motivation in other outlets, in forums or communities for people with common goals. It has become possible to find people from all over the world to join the bandwagon. A common thing would be to look at apps and online forums. For example, a lot of our users on twinbody believe that they need some support to keep them on the right track with their weightloss goals,  and sometimes it is difficult to find constant support in their friends or family.

Social networking: Same way, your social network, yes I also mean Facebook, Instagram and our very own app twinbody can help you adopt a healthy friend diet. Lets imagine a scenario, that every morning while checking your newsfeed, you see healthy high protein smoothies, muesli, in place of sugary scones cream buns. What happens then? Your mind gets programmed to crave healthy stuff. Therefore, maybe it would also be quite motivating to follow a coach or nutritionist on a social media channels.

Pictures: Lastly, I have a question, if you see a progress picture of a friend, where she can fit into a shorts 2 sizes smaller than she was few months back, what would your reaction be? Most of us would say, way to go girl and then definitely not stuff ourselves with sugary and  buttery stuff. We would think that, if she can so can I.

As humans we have a need for social indulgence and this indulgence has a deep impact on our lifestyle, that’s why it is always recommended to get a workout partner, a health partner, and in our case we say, get a twinbody! So start today, find yourself an inspiration, a support system and a healthy friend diet!

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