You finally decided, you are going to stick to a healthy diet, and make big changes. But then your friends call and ask you out for some drinks.
What to do, how to respond?
Sooner or later, we all had or will face some type of barricade that will prevent us from reaching our goals. For most of us, the desire to lose weight and get healthy also come with a price of isolation and embarrassment. We feel that we can’t go out anymore and enjoy our lifestyle because of the temptations which come with it, fear of judgment and lack of discipline.
Weight loss and your social life can be perfectly balanced. The weight loss journey doesn’t come with any rule that forbids you to do the things you love. In fact, your decision to lose weight and be a better version of yourself can only present a life upgrade. You have to focus on your goals, put them in perspective, and prioritize things that accomplish you.
You can not plan your weight loss process as a short-term intention. Many people that start a diet and exercise program fail since they never were truly committed.
When your finally ready for a life-long commitment, everything will seem right. Your objective won’t feel like an obligation anymore, ignoring unhealthy foods will stop giving you the impression of punishment.
Here are a few tips that will ensure a balance between a healthy lifestyle and your social life.
Arrange your plans
It’s very easy to cheat on your diet on accident during a social gathering. Nobody can blame a person that is with a group of friends surrounded with all sorts of delicious food, to simply fall of the wagon. That is why you have to leave the house with an attitude that reminds you to discard cheating on your diet. Decide when you’re going out, andplan your meal ahead, depending on the food available on the social gathering. If you are visiting a restaurant, most of them have healthy food options so you won’t have a problem.
2 Don’t brag about your diet
The healthy lifestyle you chose might be important to you, but you can’t expect that your friends take too much interest. It really isn’t necessary for you to bring up your diet every time you go out. It actually can be counterproductive. Leave your diet as a personal goal, don’t justify the choices you make to anyone.
3 Be active with Friends
Being social not only makes you feel better, it also burns a couple of extra calories. Choose various physical activities such as hiking, bike riding, jogging, which you can perform with your friends and get great benefits for your progress. People generally love the idea of a joined recreational activity.
In the end, it’s about making your goals as a part of your life, and not your whole life.
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