How to lose weight and keep it off by gifting a picture of yourself
A new trend is to send a GIF of yourself to your friends.GIFS are often a fun way to make friends and can be used to show off your personality, and they can even have an impact on your weight loss efforts.
But not everyone wants to give their friends a GIF.
And not everyone likes to lose themselves to one, according to a new study from researchers at the University of California, San Francisco.
“The main challenge is to keep up the social connection while keeping your social activity private,” said Jennifer A. Dickson, a professor in the Department of Communication at UC San Francisco and one of the study’s authors.
“It’s important to keep your GIFs to a minimum, because it’s often very distracting,” Dickson said.
Dickson said it’s important for you to be careful when gifting, but she also added that GIFs can be powerful tools for making friends.
“We have been shown that when we send a picture, it can actually change the way we feel about ourselves and the people we’re interacting with,” Dixons co-author David G. Smith said in a statement.
“By gifting your friends with an image of yourself in a funny way, you’re sending the message that you’re interested in meeting the person, not the person you’re gifting to.”GIFs are typically meant to look like someone else, but they can also look like your own face.
For example, a picture taken of you could look like you’re smiling and giggling as you look at a friend.
You can also add text or voice-over to make it more personal.
If you send your friends a picture and it looks like they’re not happy with it, you could even say, “I’m sorry, but I’m not going to give it to you.”
But a friend might not even notice that you’ve sent the picture and instead, they may find out about it from the person who sent it.
And if they’re a bit confused about why you’re not gifting it to them, you can ask them to look it up on your Google search history.
“If you can explain that it’s not your friend’s picture, you might even be able to persuade them that it might be a little weird,” Smith said.
If the friend still doesn’t see the picture, and if they still think it’s a joke, it might take you a few tries to convince them to give you a GIF, Dickson added.
If someone doesn’t want to give your friend a GIF when you’re trying to lose a significant amount of weight, Dixon said it might make sense to just keep the picture private.
“This could be a way for people to avoid being associated with your loss, and you can also use it as a way to signal that you care,” Denton said.
Gifs have become popular on social media, with thousands of people gifting each other a video of themselves losing a significant number of pounds, according in the study.
“Social media is a great tool for people, but it can be frustrating if you don’t get what you want,” Smith added.
“So instead of being judgmental, consider the importance of your friends gifting you a picture.
Give them a way of knowing you care.”
If you or someone you know needs help losing weight, call the National Weight Loss Center at 1-800-824-2784 or visit www.lifepost.org.
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