A famous general once said, “no battle plan ever survives contact with the enemy.” In our experience, that applies to diet plans, too. In the case of dieting, though, sometimes your worst enemies can be your friends.
Your ideas about how much and how often you should exercise, what and how much you should eat, and what an ideal body size looks like can be influenced strongly by your friends. As a matter of fact, recently, there have been studies that have demonstrated that when people eat dinner in a group of friends, they consume 44% more food compared to when they eat alone.
If your goal is to drop a few dress or pant sizes this summer, use these tactics to fortify your diet against outside influences.
1. Be Honest And Up-Front About Your Diet
At a moment when you’re level-headed and calm, talk to your friend about your efforts to lose weight. Let him or her know that you’d really appreciate his or her support.
To show your friend what you mean, mention something specific that he or she said or did recently that you felt was detrimental to your efforts to eat healthy. Then, tell him or her in clear, unambiguous terms how you would like him or her to behave differently. For example, you could say, “Please don’t offer me foods that I’m trying not to eat anymore.”
Having a conversation like this may not feel comfortable to you, since it’s a confrontation. However, if you’re honest with your friend, he or she is likely to reconsider his or her behavior and change it. Having a helpful, supportive friend can really help you achieve your target weight.
2. Find Different Places To Meet Up
If you and your friend always get together for dinner or drinks, both of which usually involve consuming unwanted calories, shake things up and do something different!
Find something else you can do to spend time together. You might want to find a healthy activity you can both enjoy. For example, you could hit the gym together as workout buddies, or enjoy some outdoor fun on the beach, at the lake, or in the park. Do something that gets you moving, instead of eating and drinking.