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Making Your Diet Public

Last year LifeHack’s Kyle Pott tracked his 50 pound weight loss in his post, 10 Unconventional Diet Tips. Among his many suggestions is the following,

Make your diet public

Tell people you’re on a diet. There’s no reason to be ashamed to be on a diet. I found that trying to keep my diet a secret was harder than just telling people. In fact, telling your coworkers, girlfriend, family, etc. will increase your accountability. It motivated me knowing that my coworkers and family knew that I was dieting because I did not want to fail. I also chose a typical “fat picture” and put it on my fridge, in my cubicle, and on my wall. I wanted to have a continual reminder to lose the weight. I know it’s a cliche, but it was important for me to remind myself of my ultimate goal.

I feel I should also note that although I was 50 pounds over weight, when I told people I was on a diet they often said “you don’t need to diet.” I found this surprising because I was obviously overweight. Beware that you will likely hear similar comments. I found it easier to just accept the “compliment” than to try to justify my diet to them. Remember that you are on a diet for you, and that you do not need to justify yourself.

Making your diet public is a good idea if you have a stable support group around you. This means more than just having family and friends, but individuals who will actually support your weight loss. One significant barrier to losing weight and keeping off the pounds is the lifestyle we choose to lead, part of that lifestyle being the acquaintances we keep. If the people you surround yourself with are generally negative about your attempt, the likelihood you will fail increases. It has also been discovered that the influence of obese friends may increase your likelihood to become overweight.

I was the fat kid in school and when I finally decided to go on a diet and lost a few pounds, my parents were the first to become critical. At first it was innocent, “well don’t go loosing too much weight now” to “you need to stop loosing weight, you won’t have any meat left if you get sick.”

When I took up amateur bodybuilding I was faced with the same issue only this time people tempting me with food. “Oh come on, you can have a piece of cake” or “you need to eat, it’s rude not to.” I finally had to make the hard decision and limit my contact with some individuals to help reach my goals. It seems that when it comes to weight loss, the old adage is sometimes true, misery does in fact love company.

If a positive environment with which to loose weight does exist, you should be one step closer to achieving your goals. Great work Kyle and good luck to everyone else in their weight loss endeavors.

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