Friends critical to slow carb success

Though it’s not always obvious, many people who have great success in weight loss, or body recomposition have great partners who support them through the process.

This could be a workout buddy, a coworker who shares the same lunch as you, or a loved one at home.

Consider for a moment then, the difference between having these helpful people around in your life, as opposed to not having them, or even worse, having people who are actively trying to hold you back.

At home, having a supportive environment means those times when you’re feeling a bit tired or feeling like going to the snack cupboard, a friendly face can help you remember those big goals you have, and why you made your decision to get started on your journey. Often times, this is plenty to help you through these moments, and keep you focussed on the results that you want.

At work, when you get to your lunch hour, having someone who understands the beans in your bowl, or the funny choices you make when you eat out with a group, can go a long way. If you’re not totally confident in your choice to be on the slow carb diet, this reassurance can really get you through a time of day when it could be the easiest to cheat – away from your home environment, away from mirrors and clothes that you want to fit into again.

At the gym, the club, or with friends, having people, or at least one person, who gets why you’re doing what you are, and respects it, can carry you through social get togethers, through tough workouts, and through those times when you wonder what life would be like if you just ate like ‘everybody else’ and didn’t both going to the gym.

Its not that these people carry you through your journey, but I see it more like training wheels on a bike of an experienced child rider. For the most part, they can maintain the balance themselves, and they are providing the power, the motion to go forwards. The training wheels only come into play every now and then, when they need to help out. These supports in your life are just like this – they help a little here and there, and it lets you maintain your momentum.

Consider now for a minute what life would be like without those people. Clearly, there would be times when your momentum could slow down a lot more. Even times when it might stop, and we all know how hard it can be to get going again.

Now think about whether there are any people in your world who, even unconsciously, might be trying to hold you back. It could be people you would least expect it from, but the truth is that it’s human nature to feel uncomfortable when someone close to you (such as a coworker, friend, peer or loved one) starts making changes and making progress – it prompts us to consider whether we should be doing the same, and for that reason, most people’s natural reaction is to try to get you to return to the ‘safe’, known zone that is similar to where they are. For this reason, it is well documented and proven that friends who have weight problems tend to spread the weight problem among friends in a peer group.

Be careful with people who make comments about what you’re eating, especially those who like to sow the seeds of doubt in your mind, rather than openly criticising what you’re doing. This is a cowardly way of undermining the effort you are making, and over time it is like rust on a car – it will spread and affect more and more. So if you feel that someone close to you is in this position, rather than criticizing back, or putting them down, know that what they’re doing is because they themselves are not in a good place, and naturally they want to share that. Find a way to work around this, and it’s still possible to maintain a healthy friendship, good working relationship, or happy household. Most likely over time, the momentum will shift, as you make progress, and rather than wanting to tie you down, they will start wanting to follow along with you and make good changes in their life. It just takes some time to change – like doing a u-turn in a cruise ship.

If you have some helpful ‘training wheels’ in your life, take a moment to thank them, either mentally, or in person. Without them, this whole thing could be a lot more challenging.

Do you have someone in your life you’re grateful for? Has their support helped you? Leave a comment below and share your experiences!


This is a guest post from Luke Starbuck at The Four Hour Body Couple


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