Being Social Can Boost Your Diet’s Effectiveness

by WLCFW on August 18, 2013

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The latest research is showing that everybody in your social circle can play a role on the amount of weight that you are able to lose or maintain, or that you will gain. Start to pay attention to the kind of impact that those who are closest to you are having on your waistline and use the following guidelines to help to keep yourself on the right track.

  • Your best friend – According to a study that was published in the New England Journal of Medicine, your friends can increase your chances of gaining weight by 57 percent! This is especially true among women. When women eat together, they tend to mirror each other’s eating behaviors at the table. Deep down, women are aware of this. Therefore, if you allow your friend to order first, she will likely feel a push to set the example for the table, and the odds are that you will make a similar choice. Moreover, the larger the group of friends, the more everybody will eat. Try to keep the group down to two or three and you’ll all choose a lighter meal (by an average of 150 calories less, said the study).
  • Your best furry friend – Dedicate yourself to making sure that your dog receives all of the exercise that he or she requires every day. The average breed (though this varies widely) requires at least two average walks or one very long walk each day. A study conducted by researchers at the University of Missouri-Columbia found that dog owners who walked their pooches for an average of a half hour every day, five days per week, reduced by an additional 14 pounds per year.
  • Your partner – a study from researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill revealed that women who are living with a romantic partner increase their odds of being obese by 63 percent. Married women double their risk of obesity. However, when couples work together, they have a far easier time reducing their weight than people who diet on their own. Researchers from Duke University found that people have a 50 percent higher likelihood of exercising if they are joined by their partners. Find activities that you enjoy together such as walking, jogging, skating (in line or on ice), riding bikes, or swimming.

The people in your life make a big difference not only on the way that you live, but on the way that you lose weight. Recognize this impact and make sure that it works in your favor.

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