Eat Together, Eat Well: How Accountability Can Develop Good Eating Habits

Congratulations!

You just lost that last 5 pounds; what do you do? Do you tell a friend, co-worker, or family member? Do you post on social media? Where is your accountability? 

In today’s day, we like to celebrate our triumphs together and commiserate our failures. If we see something spectacular, we try to document it to share with the world. Why do we do this? Community makes our lives purposeful. We call our mothers when we have exciting news. We text our friends if someone did something ridiculous on the beach. We snap, insta, post funny or cute pictures and videos so that we can see what commentary our friends and family would add to our experience.

Community

Our communities help with keeping us accountable. If you have ever said one of these phrases, getting an accountability partner for your diet may be the right choice for you:

  • “Hey, make sure that I don’t drink too much.”
  • “Can you let me know how this looks when I try it on?”
  • “Where do you think we should go dinner?”
  • “Do you think that movie is worth seeing?”
  • “Do you think this is funny?”

The American Society of Training and Development (ASTD) did a study on accountability and found that you have a 65% of completing a goal if you commit to someone. And if you have a specific accountability appointment with a person you’ve committed, you will increase your chance of success by up to 95%. Here are 3 ways that an accountability partner could help keep you on track:

  1. Make the Right Choices

When we ask a friend how an outfit looks on us or what they think about a relationship, we don’t necessarily want them to make a decision for us. Instead, we want his or her perspective. We want someone that can help us see the full picture, and that is what an accountability partner does.

When you get someone on board with you to be healthy, you have someone who will encourage you to grab a carrot instead of a brownie or to order a salad instead of pizza, because they will be right there with you ordering the same thing.

Also, keeping someone else accountable gives you responsibility with someone else’s health outside of your own.

2. Motivation

Having an accountability partner (or multiple) is like having a team. Like a sports team, with a good team on your side, you are more likely to win.

Imagine being at a party where all of your friends are eating pizza, drinking beer and chowing down on dessert. Chances are that your motivation to stay healthy won’t keep while everyone else is indulging. Now imagine that you have a friend by your side to make those healthy choices. The struggle to stay on track won’t be so hard, and you won’t want to let down your accountability partner down by indulging as well.

All in all, you are more likely to meet your goals with someone by your side, and keeping that person with you in the direst situations is even more important.

3. Fun

Why do we do any activity with people? Because it makes that activity way more enjoyable.

Human beings depend on companionship for their health and happiness; Companionship is a basic human need, and when these needs are not fulfilled it can cause emotional and physical problems.

When we think of nutrition, typically we forget to think about how we can fully succeed in those goals. Therefore, a good companion, or accountability partner, is a great way to make something tough a little more enjoyable.

Warning

Beware of the accountability partners that you choose. Choosing someone that will let you slip or be a bad influence, will stop your progress.

If you and a friend are interested in investing in your health, check out our selection of meal plans. You and a co-worker could enjoy our lunch menu together, or you and your spouse can enjoy one of our delicious selections for dinner. Whatever the scenario, we have the meal for you! Check out all of the options by clicking here.