Weight Loss Program-Are Your Overweight Friends in the Way?

Weight Loss Program-Are Your Overweight Friends in the Way?

By: Craig Ballantyne, CSCS, MSTurbulence Training for Fat Loss

This article might offend some folks but the conclusions to a study that was published in the respected New England Journal of Medicine, was

that who you hang out with does have a effect on your weight.

And then you have another study, this time by the researchers from Harvard Medical school who studied a pool of 12,000 people over a period of

32 years and found that the folks with overweight friends who are obese had a 57% greater chance of becoming obese themselves. Also, this

research found that friends of the same sex had a bigger influence on each other than the friends of the opposite sex.

All these researchers emphasized in their reports that it wasn''t just a common set of behaviors that lead to obesity, but that the attitudes

toward obesity contributed to the risk. In so many words... if you hang around friends who think "it''s no big deal" to be obese... guess what?

Your risk of allowing yourself to gain weight increases due to social conditioning of the people you like to be around.

But the "social ring" can be a double sided sword. Just as "social obesity" is contagious, so is "social fitness." I know that a lot of my

friends are fit and healthy because they hang around me (a fitness expert). And when my friends see what I have in my kitchen and how I approach

training (with bodyweight strength exercises and interval training), they start doing the same things. And I''ve noticed that as soon as one of

them makes significant improvements in their fitness, several others start getting serious results too.

So, if you suspect that you and your friends are unwittingly sabotaging each other''s efforts to lose weight and get fit, maybe you can become

the catalyst for improving everyone''s health. But first, you should connect with a group of

individuals who are collectively working toward their fitness goals.

For starters, it isn''t that hard to find an online source of social support. There are dozens of forums and message boards on the Internet

that are supportive and set up for this very purpose. Gyms are everywhere, and they are full of friendly, helpful fitness enthusiasts.

Craig Ballantyne is a Certified Strength & Conditioning

Specialist and writes for Men''s Health, Men''s Fitness, Maximum Fitness, Muscle and Fitness Hers, and Oxygen magazines. His

trademarked TURBULENCE TRAINING fat loss workouts have been featured multiple times in Men’s Fitness and Maximum Fitness

magazines, and have helped thousands of men and women around the world lose fat, gain muscle, and get lean in less than 45

minutes three times per week. For more information on the TURBULENCE TRAINING workouts that will help you burn fat without

long, slow cardio sessions or fancy equipment, visit www.TurbulenceTraining.com

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