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Is Social Media stopping you Lose Weight?!

September 28, 2022

Is Social Media stopping you Lose Weight?!

Sometimes the things we enjoy can also cause us stress.

Ever heard the saying, 'Too much of a good thing can be negative"Take scrolling social media for instance It can be entertaining and fun—and help you feel better connected to friends. But as everyone knows…

There’s also a pretty dark side to scrolling on Insta/Tiktok continuously too...And i'm not just talking about all the doom and gloom that comes from negative news in the world.For example, it’s probably not shocking that spending time on Instagram can lead to greater body dissatisfaction, more appearance comparison, and a worse mood and anxiety.But what might be surprising: Scrolling Instagram can have negative effects on mental health in just seven minutes, according to a 2020 study.What’s more, previous research found that women who posted selfies reported feeling more anxious, less confident, and less physically attractive afterward. Thats a HUGE impact on your self confidence and self esteem that i think we can all agree we could do without!Screenshot 2022 09 28 at 11.02.15

So why does this happen?! And what has it got to do with weight loss?!

People around us influence how we perceivably value ourselves.Hello Influencer! hahaIt’s human nature to compare ourselves to friends, neighbours, and coworkers.There’s even a name for it: social comparison theory

"According to social comparison theory, individuals determine their own social and personal worth based on how they measure up against others. Hence, they make comparisons in terms of wealth, intelligence, and success, for example."In order to gauge our “success” in any given area of life—including our physical appearance—we look to one another for points of reference.And if we don’t feel like we measure up? It can make us hate on ourselves.

 

Trouble is... we didn't evolve to compare ourselves to the entire world via social media; our ancient brains (which helped us out to figure the pecking order out 2000 years ago) can't keep up with the jones's in the UK... and the USA... and the rest of Europe or Africa for that matter!

 

So we end up totally confused, despondent and feeling an ever sense of social comparison theory; who knew?!

 

Comparison really is the thief of joy!

 

Social media exacerbates all this. ⬆️⬆️⬆️⬆️⬆️Before the age of the internet, we were limited to comparing ourselves to people in our actual lives—our colleagues, family members, and fellow “villagers.” A smaller social circle meant we were only exposed to people with eight-packs and eight-figure businesses occasionally. Now, with a couple of taps, we’re exposed to hundreds of “peers” who are both models and millionaires—and seemingly winning at relationships, parenting, health, and every other aspect of life.

 

If you  are persistently feeling inadequate—and  you are experiencing heightened  stress, anxiety, or negative emotions as a result—take a long hard look at your social media use. (or abuse!)While it’s not likely social media is the lone cause of these feelings, it could be “piling on” to other contributors.All of which can worsen your mental and emotional well-being and make healthy nutrition and lifestyle behaviours even harder to maintain. That’s why we often encourage clients to take a two-week social media break

Now i know that can sound… terrifying. 😳🤯

Now... HOW do you do that?!

How to Take a Social Media BreakThe obvious approach here is to log out of social media entirely or better yet, delete the app...But it’s not enough to just take a break. You want to gain awareness and truly notice how the experience affects you and your habits:During the down time you will want to note:

  • What’s challenging? 
  • What’s easy?
  • What’s changed?
  • Is life better? Worse? In what ways?

To stay motivated, focus on the potential benefits of this social break. You'll be surprised with what you gain;

  • have more time (imagine what you could do with those extra minutes or hours) 
  • take more action
  • feel more calm and focused
  • do less “compare and despair” with others’ lifestyles or bodies

What to do after your break?

If you’ve found life is better without social media, keep in mind: It doesn’t have to be all or nothing remember that. You could implement some new boundaries around social media use (including an audit of who you follow), and leave space for the parts of it that are good for your mental and emotional health.Of course, social media is just one example of the many, many hidden and not-so-hidden stressors that mess with our well-being.

If you want to learn more about how stress impacts everything from eating behaviours, weight loss and sleep watch here:

IB; The team at Precision Nutrition

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