Spreading the Word: Roxanne

Some of our dieters have been noticing an interesting side effect from their own efforts toward healthy eating and exercise: they are having a positive impact on those around them. Roxanne has noticed this happening lately.  Part of the reason she initially gained weight was due to eating eat big, unhealthy lunches with her friends. 

After coming to our group, Roxanne started monitoring her calorie intake and realized that she was spending way too many on lunch (discussed on Day 15 of The Beck Diet Solution).  She also became more aware of what she was eating and started to make healthier food choices so she could get the most satisfaction from the more limited amount she was eating (Day 16). fastfood.jpg 

Roxanne says that after she stopped ordering big hoagies and fast food for lunch, her friends in the office followed suit and instead started opting for healthier lunches (with more protein).  Now they turn to Roxanne to be the model for healthy eating, and she is only too willing to share her knowledge.  Roxanne says that her family, too, has started eating more nutritiously with her, and she is thrilled with the unexpected spillover effect her healthy diet is having on those around her.

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  1. Deborah
    Deborah says:

    This phenomenon works the other way too so be careful. Watch out for situations where others may influence your eating without you realizing. I wish I could remember where I saw the report on this research but the gist was simple. We eat more when we eat with others who eat more, and eat less when eating with others who eat less. In the study they pulled volunteers off the street supposedly for market research. Each unsuspecting volunteer was paired with an actor given special instructions. The premise was that the pair were there to taste-test a new brand of ice cream. They were given ice cream they could dish themselves and forms to fill out after tasting it but no further instructions. When the actor executed instructions to take only one bite then fill out the form, most or all of the unsuspecting volunteers followed suit. When the actor executed instructions to take several bites or a whole scoop of ice cream, most of the volunteers did the same. One actor even took serving after serving and the woman beside her did exactly the same, consuming several 100 calories. Even though this is a late comment to an archived post… I thought I’d just put that out there. Forewarned is forearmed.


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