Should you post your #weightlossjourney on Facebook, Instagram and social media? Many experts believe Facebook & Instagram could ruin your diet and weight loss. The stress of judgement from so called “friends” on these social media sites can cause people trying to lose weight to rebound with stress eating. When you make an announcement of social media about dieting, You are inviting people to make comments and judgment.
When these comments are supportive and positive, it can be very inspiring. Just like you feel good when someone notices you’ve lost weight, positive comments can be uplifting. The danger is many people may not be as kind, or can be perceived as hurtful, even if they didn’t mean it.
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When you put things on social media, people who are your friends may say things like, “How’s your diet going?” Something as simple as that statement can cause a negative reaction for many people who are trying to lose weight. If you are struggling with weight loss and haven’t seen huge results, this can be very demotivating.
Even something as innocent as “How’s the diet going?” could lead to feelings of depression if you are struggling with results or had moment of breakdown and eaten a bad meal. Because many of us are stress eaters, this can cause a spiral of stress eating behavior. Feelings of depression and worthlessness are common after as stress binge eating.
On the other hand, other people say putting their weight loss progress on social media helps with weight loss motivation. It holds them accountable and keeps them inspired to stay on track because it forces them to keep their word.
Here is my take on it. If you are going to put your weight loss progress or announce it on social media, look for a closed group of people who are on your same weight loss journey. Some social media sites like Instagram, where you have more privacy with your profile may be a low stress way to connect with others without judgement. The best success I’ve seen with social media is to connect with people who are on the same path as you. Even more so, if you can find a group of people in real life who share your weight loss goals and fitness goals, you can motivate and push each other and you will get better results then social media. It’s why workout partners are so effective. It keeps you accountable and you have someone to share your struggles and successes with.
What has been your experience on social media? I’d love to hear your thoughts and stories. Please share with us in comments.
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