Millions of people start diets every year. Whether it is due to a few unexpected pounds that crept on, or something that has been a long time coming, many men and women decide at some point during the year that it is time to start reducing calories and weighing portions. Though the media is inundated with the newest diet plans and tips from the svelte and glamorous, many people view dieting as a very personal issue. If you decide to drop a few pounds this year, should you fill your family in on your plans? This article will discuss the pros and cons of letting your family in on your weight goals.
Your Family Can Keep You Accountable.
Many people find that sharing their personal goals with those closest to them can help to keep them focused. Being aware that there are more than one pair of eyes that will see that piece of chocolate cake going in can help to summon the motivation to push the plate away. No one likes to feel as though they have disappointed a loved one, so that concern may add an extra boost of determination to stick to the diet.
Family Can Be A Source Of Encouragement And Positive Reinforcement While Dieting.
Who doesn’t like it when others have noticed that a few pounds have been dropped? Letting family in on the fact that you are actively trying to lose weight will invite them to notice, acknowledge, and praise your efforts.
You May Feel Uncomfortable Being The Cause Of Adjustments To Extended Family Meals.
If you have suddenly decided that your weekly Sunday dinner of heavy white pasta, a loaf of garlic bread and Grandma’s cheesecake for dessert no longer fits into your diet plans, you may feel awkward about suggesting healthier options. You may feel reluctant to impose your new found commitment to healthier eating on those around you. Adults all have the right to make their own food choices and often view other’s advice or suggestions on healthier food options as criticism. If you simply don’t wish to invite the entire family into your diet quest, you can opt to eat smaller portions and make the necessary adjustments at your next meal.
Your Family Is Sure To Criticize Or Berate You If You Fall Off The Diet Wagon.
Although people generally don’t comment on what others are eating, for some reason, once they know you are on a diet and then see you indulging in a sugary or fried treat, some people feel they have a license to comment or make a criticism. If several or all of your family members have strong personalities and don’t mince words, you may feel that sharing your diet plans is inviting unnecessary pressure. Slip ups while dieting is inevitable and nothing can lower your confidence or cause added guilt like well meaning family members who hone in on the minor negatives instead of the abundance of positives.
Certain Family Members May Unconsciously Sabotage Your Diet Efforts.
From the scoffing at your attempts to drop a few pounds to the added scoop of potatoes to your plate at Thanksgiving dinner, loved ones can sometimes sabotage your best efforts at losing weight without meaning to. If you feel your resolve to stick to healthier eating may be weakened by sharing your weight loss goals with them, by all means, keep your decision to yourself. While trying to lose weight, it is crucial to embrace positive reinforcement and encouragement and eliminate the negative influences as much as possible.
Dieting is not easy and there will be many victories and less than victorious moments along the way. Weigh the pros and cons of sharing your goals with your family before inviting them into your new and improved lifestyle.