Social media has become a daily ritual in the lives of most people. We use it to keep in touch, be inspired, stay informed and more as we bounce around from Facebook, to Twitter, to Instagram and a medley of other popular apps. Our perpetual exposure to the messages delivered through social media can powerfully influence many areas of our lives, including our weight. Social media can either sabotage or support your weight loss goals. Here’s how:
Social Media Saboteurs
- Less time spent being active
Research has shown a correlation between increased social media time and decreased physical activity. This makes sense since as most of us have a limited amount of free time, and if we chose to spend it sitting in front of Facebook we are choosing not to use it for something more active.
Try setting a daily limit for your social media time and perhaps even reward yourself with this time only after you’ve worked out.
- Normalizing weight gain
The Framingham Heart Study found that when a person’s friend became obese, there was a 57% chance that they too would become obese. Similarly, a study done at Harvard showed that obesity is “socially contagious” so if our friends and family are obese, we are more likely to become obese. Scientists think that a person’s social network affects what they perceive as normal and acceptable.
If you see your social media contacts packing on the pounds, don’t be tempted to give up your hopes of losing weight and join the masses.
Social Media Supporters
- A source of inspiration
We can be sabotaged by the influence of our friends’ weight gain, but we can be equally inspired by their bikini clad, fit bodies.
Look for social media sites that provide inspirational and informative sources. Search for support groups or motivational social media sites that you can follow or join. You can start by going to Medifast AZ on Facebook and liking the page so that you regularly receive helpful tips, inspiring words, recipes and more.
- A place for accountability and sharing
Making a declaration of your decision to lose weight publicly on social media can help to create your own personal cheering squad. Posting regularly about both your progress and challenges will keep your motivation up, while holding you accountable to your social media audience.
Social media can be a powerful tool to help you achieve your weight loss goals, if used properly. Harnessing that power along with a personalized weight loss program from Medifast Weight Control Centers will give you something to tweet about as you share your success on social media. Take the first step and call today to schedule your complimentary consultation.