Is Fat Contagious?

Spoiler alert: the answer is Y-E-S

This time of year those resolutions start to creep in again because the temp has FINALLY broken the 60 degree mark. The summer looms as we all begin to kick it into high gear at the gym. Yet, if your progress is slower than a line of tourists trying to purchase a metrocard, then it might not shock you to hear that FAT is CONTAGIOUS.

Does your sphere of influence include friends who gripe about never being able to lose weight, lazy coworkers who indulge in take-out and Costco sized bags of  chips,  or partners or family members who only know how to bond over food and drink?

Wait a second, could your mom have been right after all? “Show me your friends and I will show you who you are. You are who you surround yourself with.”  Aggghhhhh. Fine, you were right! Happy now?!


A recent SCARY study at Harvard Medical School found -
Your risk of becoming obese increases by

  •  57% if you hang with a friends who are obese
  • 40% if your siblings are overweight
  • 37% if you are married to someone who is overweight

Now, I’m not saying axe all of the friends who would rather meet for all-you-can-eat brunch and bellinis than have a sweat-fest in spin class. But, in order to set yourself up for success you must create a healthy environment to do so. 

The moral of the story is that just as your social network can make you FAT and unhappy, it can also inspire and motivate you to be fit, thin and healthy too. Change your body by changing the people around you with these 3 steps:

1) Seek out friends who have alternative methods of FUN and socialization that goes beyond the usual drinking/eating. What about  rock climbing, skate boarding, belly dancing, or hiking! Limit  brunch, shopping and kvetching to 1 Sunday a month.
2) Join a local group of like-minded men. Find fellow fit-friends in local business networking groups, on  Meetup.com, in an all-gay fitness boot camp, or gay sports league. There are TONS of motivated people who are already changing their lives with a little help from their friends.
3) Take a good hard look at the men (and women) that are in your circle of influence right now.  If they don’t inspire you to be BETTER every day, dump em! Or, 1st try to invite them on your wellness journey. Read MSN’s article quoting me on How to Lose Weight With a Partner for some ideas. If after your suggestions they pull their “business as usual”, then you have my permission: de-friend from Facebook, erase their number, and ignore their texts. Life’s too short. Your body will thank me.

PS- Invite a friend to the next GAY MENS BOOT CAMP starting on soon in the West Village of NYC!  

Laura Miranda MsPT, CSCS
Miranda Fitness Concepts, INC

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