Dieting Success While Having a Social
One of the most common thing competitors find difficult is the social
aspect of life while dieting. As a competitor you can be dieting anytime of the
year and all year if you diet for bulk off season as well. Many friends, family
members and co workers find it difficult to understand such restrictions and clean
I often hear how friends question the competitor dieting,
they think its nuts and a lot of the time it is a friend who has weight issues
who have a hard time with proper eating habits in general so they cannot fathom
what they see in a contest diet. They try to convince you that you do not need
to go so hard and that a little of this or that wont hurt. Now in general
that is true but for contest diets you really do have to follow what works to
get your results which in many cases are strict dieting. They tell you to go ahead
and have that beer or glass of wine because you only live once. This can make
things hard and there is not much you can do to convince them otherwise but you
have to remain true to your goals and stick with the confidence in your plan.
These are simple obstacles that we all have to deal with, some more than
others. Those who support your efforts are extra special and sometimes will go
along with you on a mild eating plan and work on their goals. Now that is positive.
have been extreme cases where friendships have had to be dropped or competitors
have had to keep their training and eating to themselves in order to avoid the
drama. Sad but this is also reality for some of us.
Sometimes if you feel
that those around you will not be supportive it is easier to network with others
of like mind. They are going through the same ordeal and the community becomes
supportive of each other. These individuals can understand things that others
may not get.
Even as a mild dieter or someone not competing, these factors
can still be present. Some ethnicities are very against any kind of diet, inactive
parents wont take to well to seeing fat loss in their children even if the
child is not 25 or 40 years old! Comments like, "youre getting to skinny"
or "you look sick" will start to pop out!
The simple thing to
focus on here is that unfortunately many of these ideas are due to ignorance which
is an innocent ignorance yet still ignorance. Beliefs you may have are not always
shared with others even if your beliefs are the more viable ones.
you end up with these saboteurs asking you to help them, asking you what you have
done to get where you are and they forget how they busted your chops when you
used to pass on the beer or order chicken salads at restaurants instead of rich
If you do find friends or family who at some point take a change
of heart, do all you can to help them at their level of comfort and in the end
you are the better for it!!!