For many people, the holiday season can feel like walking through a minefield of sugar bombs awaiting to tempt you away from your healthy eating plan. With the added pressure from well-meaning friends and family, how can you avoid the ever present danger of giving up and giving in?
The Facts About Social Pressure
According to a recent study in The New England Journal of Medicine, people have a 57% greater chance of becoming obese when they regularly associate with friends who are obese. That percentage increases among close relationships (like best friends). If one person becomes obese, the other has a 71% greater chance of becoming obese too. This study confirms that your social network directly influences your perspective on what’s considered normal.
Knowing this gives you a secret weapon to avoid the potential negative influences from friends and family who don't share your priority of eating healthfully. In addition, these 6 strategies can help you navigate the holiday season with poise and confidence.
6 Tips to Avoid Social Pressure
Remember that the only person you can ever really influence is yourself. Use these tips as your "secret weapon" for navigating through the tempting minefield of holiday social pressure so you can quietly and confidently emerge on the other side keeping both your relationships and your body healthy and fit.