Dealing with social pressure during weight loss

You’ve made the decision to work on your health. You get up early to have a healthy breakfast and bring a salad to work. During lunch, you will join your colleagues and you may already be able to guess what comment you get about your healthy meal. Your colleagues unintentionally put you in the spotlight by asking you all kinds of questions. Not everyone is at ease in this situation.


How social pressure arises

Deep down, we all know we’re not getting the most out of our health. We can suppress the potential to become healthier, or we can take action. If you are someone who takes action, your environment immediately picks it up. Your friends, family and colleagues can deal with it in different ways. The best way is if they support you and perhaps also make changes themselves. You encourage each other and there is a stronger bond.

Negative pressure

There is also a negative form of social pressure. This occurs when annoying jokes are made for a long time. I believe that social pressure arises because you indirectly challenge people with your healthy eating habits to eat healthily as well. Deep down, everyone has a reason to eat healthier. If you take the lead and set an example, others can follow you or resist by making it ridiculous.

What can you do about it?

If you experience social pressure, you have a few options. You can engage in discussion, which often leads to mutual frustration. You can ignore it, only it doesn’t solve the problem. It is best to make sure that others can relate to your choice. You tell your colleagues, for example, that by eating healthier food I not only lose weight, but that annoying afternoon dip also helps me to be more productive.

Keeping up the mirror

You can also put your finger on the sore spot by saying with a smile: “I understand that you don’t entirely agree with my choice of healthy food. Is it possible that this reminds you that you should do something about your own health?” Few people are prepared for a reaction like this. You can use this to break through the standard line of thought of another person and then come up with something constructive together.

My personal situation

I’m renting a small office space in a multi-company building. During the first few days that I was having my salad during the lunch together, I received several remarks. The best I liked was: ‘why do you eat that rabbit feed?’ I explained to the person in question that I have worked more than 50 hours a week for the past two weeks and that if I want to remain productive, I will not save it on bread, pasta and rice. The reaction I got was surprising. He admitted to being tired often and didn’t know that healthy food could improve his work performance. He now also eats a salad at lunch on a regular basis and tries to influence others in a positive way.

Do you run injury free?

Running is very popular. That is inevitable, because running is possible anytime and anywhere. Yet running is a sport to take seriously. With each landing you will gain 2 to 3 times your body weight. Running is therefore in second place of sports with the most injuries.

Preventive sports care

Although the chance of a running injury is quite high, it is certainly no reason not to go for a run. If you have an injury, it is advisable to seek advice from a sports doctor or physiotherapist. These specialists can help you get rid of your injury. Check in advance what you will be reimbursed by your health insurance company, so that you will not be faced with unexpected costs. In addition, it is advisable for runners to choose a health insurance policy with a generous reimbursement for physiotherapy and preventive sports care.

Avoiding injuries

Also for running injuries: prevention is always better than cure. This infographic gives you more information on how to avoid running injuries. Do you run injury free?