The People In Your Life Who May Be Sabotaging Your Diet
Dieting is a multi-faceted plight; there are a whole slew of changes that you go through in order to ultimately reach your goal. You have to change the way that you eat, the way that you exercise, and the way you view yourself. Furthermore, oftentimes it takes an entire change of scenery in order to be truly successful in improving your health. However, sometimes there are things in your life that are impossible to change, despite your dietary aspirations. this includes the people with whom you are surrounded. Here are a few people who, unfortunately, may be affecting your diet and how you can help them to be more supportive:
#1: Your Significant Other
Is your partner health-conscious? If not, studies indicate that you are about 37% more likely to be overweight, as well. In order to beat these statistics, it’s important to gauge whether or not your partner is willing to to some tandem dieting with you. If not (everyone has to change their habits on their own terms), then figure out how you can still be successful. Try using a separate cupboard for your healthy snacks so that you aren’t tempted by their less healthy options.
#2: Your Kids
Research has shown that people who have kids consume, on average, upwards of 400 calories more per day than those who don’t have any children. Think about it. Kids tend to snack throughout the majority of the day on things like cheese, crackers, bread, etc., and it makes sense that we would snack mindlessly along with them. If you are a parent, try to keep plenty of fruits and veggies stocked to snack on. Also, if your kids are scarfing down macaroni and cheese at dinner, consider putting your chicken breast over a bed of veggies, instead.
#3: Your Co-Workers
When many of your work meetings revolve around lunch meetings, you could be potentially overeating at most of them. Experts believe that when you eat with a group of people, you could be eating almost 97% more than you would otherwise. If you are headed to a restaurant, Rachel Beller, RD, author of Eat to Lose, Eat to Win, says, “Scan the menu ahead of time. When the waiter comes over to the table, say, ‘I want a simple piece of grilled salmon, with sauce on the side, and a double order of vegetables, in light oil or steamed’”.