One of the biggest things that people struggle with while dieting is the peer pressure they get from friends and family members who don’t understand why they might be going on a new diet. Others may not understand why you’re doing what you’re doing, and that can be extremely discouraging. While every person is different, there are some things most people have in common when it comes to this.
Here are some of the struggles of peer pressure while dieting and what you can do about them:
They don’t see why their diet won’t work for you.
Every body is different, and although your friend may be able to maintain a slim figure on a high-carb diet, you know well that a diet like that will cause you to keep gaining more weight. This can be hard because when your friends and family members don’t understand why you’re making dietary changes, they may encourage you to have what they’re having, even though it’s not what you should be eating.
The first thing you should do when facing someone who doesn’t understand why you’re eating the way you are, it’s important to do your best to educate them about the different body types that have different nutritional requirements. They still may not understand, so in that case, it’s important to simply stick with what you know works for you.
They want to keep going out to eat as an activity.
If you’re like most people, most of the activities you participate in with your friends and family members revolve around food. Even though you’ve changed your diet and know that going out to eat will make it extremely difficult or even impossible to follow that diet, your friends still want to go out to eat at all the same places, leaving you feeling like you’re on the outside.
Take charge of the plans that you make with friends and family members and get them to revolve around other activities. Try going to a coffee shop instead of a restaurant, where you can sip on tea instead of sodas, or going out miniature golfing for some fresh air and exercise. You can also consider cooking for them and inviting everyone over for a healthy meal and board games.
They’ll get you drinking alcohol.
While alcohol itself isn’t a bad thing, the extra calories found in beers and sugary drinks certainly are. However, your friends often don’t realize this and want to do everything in their power to help you have a good time, which usually involves far too many drinks. Since you don’t want to be a party pooper, you’re likely to go along with it and ruin your diet with too many calorie-rich alcoholic beverages.
The easiest way to avoid the extra calories that come with a night out on the town is to volunteer to be the designated driver. This way, you can still enjoy being out with your friends, but have a legitimate excuse as to why you’re not able to drink. This will help to keep the peace and keep the good times rolling.