Enlist the Right Supporters of Your Low-Glycemic Diet

By Meri Reffetto

Sometimes finding other individuals who’re also working on weight loss using a low-glycemic diet can be helpful, especially if they’re people you already know. Then again, it’s also a great way to make new friends. Either way, there’s something to be said about really understanding the pitfalls that may occur and celebrating the wins with someone who’s going through the same types of experiences.

Whether you’re turning to old friends or new for support, make sure they’re truly being supportive of your new health changes. Better yet, make sure they’re working on their own health goals!

Knowing which friends to involve

There’s nothing like working together toward health goals when you already have an established, trusting relationship. The trick is figuring out which friends will offer the best support for you in your weight-loss efforts with a low-glycemic diet. Why not just turn to your closest friends? Because they may not be the best support system for you if they don’t see the point in the changes you’re making.

Seek out support from friends and other loved ones who are already living the lifestyle you’re aspiring to or who are making similar changes themselves. By being open about your efforts and goals, you may just find that some of your family and friends are seeking the same support from you, too.

You don’t have to give up your other friendships. Just use the more supportive bunch for discussions about your wins, challenges, and the changes you’re seeing. Skip this kind of talk when you’re with your other friends.

Avoiding saboteurs

Family and friends can be your best support system or your biggest saboteurs. You can’t get rid of your family and friends, but you can limit conversations about your weight loss or new dietary changes.

Of course, sometimes doing so is easier said than done. It’s one thing to divert a conversation if someone starts picking on your food choices at a restaurant, but it’s another thing entirely when your spouse brings home a chocolate pie right after you tell him or her you want to lose 10 pounds.

No, these family members and friends aren’t just mean people. In fact, they probably aren’t even conscious of what they’re saying or doing. If they are, perhaps it’s because they feel insecure or because they don’t want to make changes themselves. Often taking care of your health puts a mirror up to those around you. You can’t help this; it’s a natural outcome of adopting healthier behaviors when others around you aren’t.

To reduce your temptation to throw in the towel on your low-glycemic diet, you need to find ways of handling such situations.

You can’t change people; you can only change your own reactions. Here are some tips for avoiding sabotaging situations:

  • Don’t talk about your weight loss, diet, or exercise with naysayers. You may be so excited about all that’s going on that you want to share it and let others know how well things are going for you. This is only a good idea with supportive people who want to hear your news.

    Don’t bring diet stuff up unless your friends or family members ask you first. They may not be ready to make the same types of changes you are, so their reactions may not be favorable if you share your news when they can’t handle hearing it.

  • Avoid making a big deal about your menu choices when eating out. There’s no need to announce that you’re looking for low-glycemic foods on the menu. If you do, the naysayers at the table may roll their eyes and say, “Oh, you’re at a restaurant. Let it go for one meal.”

    Find what you want to eat on the menu and keep it to yourself whether your choice is low-glycemic or low-calorie. Just say, “This sounds good.” That way you won’t risk getting thrown off track by peer pressure.

  • Tell your friends and family members when you feel like they’re hassling you about your new changes. If comments they’re making are upsetting you and possibly even hindering your weight-loss efforts, be upfront that you’re bothered. Then let your friends and family know that you’re truly happy with the changes you’re making. If that’s what matters to them, they should stop hassling you.

  • Be honest with your spouse. If your spouse continues to bring home tempting foods, be honest. Let him or her know these particular foods are a little too tempting for you and find some treats you can both agree on so your spouse doesn’t feel deprived and you can stay on track.

Creating your own support group

If you can’t find the right friends or family members, try making some new friends by putting together your own support group that meets on a regular basis.

Start by looking around at work or any place where you may have met someone who’s also working toward specific health goals and following a low-glycemic diet. Even if you find only one person, that individual may know someone else who knows another person. Before you know it, you have a small support group!

Plan to meet once a week for a walk to discuss your latest wins and challenges while squeezing in a little exercise at the same time.

Getting support from peers who are going through similar experiences is so valuable and very different than the type of support you can get from others who aren’t on the same path.