circle%20of%20friendsYour family and friends are the biggest influence to you being successful at losing weight.  The people you spend the most time with determine your perspective and how you view things.  If your family and friends eat a lot of junk food, you may think you eat pretty healthy because you don’t eat a lot of snacks.  If your friends think apple pie is healthy just because it has fruit in it, it can affect your view of what is healthy and what is not.

If the people you spend time with don’t eat healthy, you may not realize how unhealthy you are eating.  You may be in denial.  We tend to eat what those around us eat.  There are many foods that have fruits or vegetables in it, but that doesn’t mean they are healthy.

  • Let’s take the example of apple pie.  There may be apples in it, but the sugar and fat make this an unhealthy choice if you are trying to lose weight.
  • Muffins are another example of something that we may think are a healthy alternative, but they could have a lot of sugar and calories.
  • Fruit juice also may contain a lot of sugar and calories, so even if it has vitamins from the fruit it could deter your weight loss goals.
  • Protein bars are another example of a food that is thought to be healthy, but other than providing protein has no real benefit and could have many calories.
  • Fat free foods are not calorie free, so they can be deceiving.
  • There is a common misperception that organic foods or vegan foods are healthier.  Don’t be fooled by this marketing ploy.
  • Soup seems like a safe, healthy option, but many soups are loaded with sodium.  Low sodium, broth based soups are a better option than cream or chowder soups.
  • Granola and cereal may have a lot of sugar and fat, so check the ingredients.
  • Fish is a healthy food, but if it’s fried it has a lot of fat and becomes not so healthy.

These are just a few types of foods that may seem healthy, but are not.  If you are discouraged to learn that many things you thought were healthy are really not healthy after all, there’s still hope.  The key is to stick to whole foods with just one ingredient, such as, fruits, vegetables, meat, fish, beans, nuts and milk.  Once you start adding other ingredients, they can become unhealthy.

Many people don’t realize how unhealthy some foods are.  Your friends and family may not be aware that they are eating unhealthy.  You can help them learn what’s healthy.  What do you do if they don’t want to eat healthy?  You can set an example and eat healthy yourself, but you can’t make someone else want to be healthy.

Being around people that are unhealthy can make it a challenge if you are trying to lose weight.  If those around you don’t want to make healthy choices, you need to find a group of people that do.

We all have a need to belong, so when our friends, family or co-workers offer us food, even if it is unhealthy, we feel the need to accept it.  We feel the need to share things with them and often that involves food.

So, if you are trying to lose weight and your circle of friends are unhealthy, don’t be discouraged.  You just need to find others who want to be healthy and encourage each other to eat right and exercise.

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