After drinking your water and getting plenty of exercise, buddying up is typically one of the top diet tips that experts offer. It provides accountability, someone to use as a sounding board, and someone to offer endless high fives when you need them most. It’s not just something we all use out here in the real world as it seems the Hollywood set believes in “diet buddies,” too.
Jennifer Garner and Reese Witherspoon, both of whom delivered their third child this year, seem to have buddied up to support one another in getting back to their pre-baby bodies. According to reports from FemaleFirst.co.uk, the moms speed dial when their insatiable sweet tooths attack.
And since they’re practically neighbors, the two have been seen attending Pilates classes together.
If anyone is taking diet advice from Hollywood, we’d say this is the place to start. Forget the pills and potions and partner up instead!
“When dieting, there are many people who may unintentionally tempt you to break your commitment to healthier living through peer pressure. A diet buddy can be your support in these situations and other tempting scenarios,” explained Brooke Randolph, LMHC, our resident mental health expert. “Food can be closely tied to our emotions and mental functioning, so a diet buddy can also provide emotional support and commiseration.”
One of the best things you can do for yourself and your body, whether post baby or New Year’s resolution, is find a friend or a partner who can go along the journey with you. If you want chocolate, you can drive yourself mad fighting the urge, or do like Reese does and give Jennifer a call (obviously, your own version of Jennifer. We don’t think her number is public!) When a chocolate craving hits, you can also indulge a bit with one ounce of high quality, 65% cacao or higher dark chocolate. Enjoy it, savor it, and you’ll be amazed at how that satisfied as much as inhaling a piece of cake from the local deli.
Not everyone has a go-to gal pal they can lean on for such support though. For some individuals, the ones closest to them are their biggest enablers, meaning they actually encourage them to eat poorly or not exercise rather than give them the boost they need to keep going. Randolph suggests a few ways for finding that individual for yourself.
“If you do not have someone suitable in your life already, you may want to ask trusted people in your life if they know someone else going through the same experience you are,” recommended Randolph. “You may have someone in your life that will support you in this while you support him or her through a different situation in his or her life.”
While Reese has previously been linked with the Baby Food Diet (#13 on our most popular diets of 2012 list), she’s also been a big supporter of things like YogaHop and was known to stay very active during her pregnancy with newborn son Tennessee. By August this year, Garner was promoting her fit and trim body following a February delivery of Samuel, having literally worked her tail off with celebrity trainer Valerie Waters. The two no doubt share a work ethic to get the job done, but it’s certainly easier and more enjoyable when you’ve got someone going through it right with you.
The next time you plan a girl’s night out, take a tip from these stars’ book and go to Pilates or yoga together instead of bottomless margarita night at the local Mexican restaurant.