One of the hardest things I had to overcome when I wanted to lose weight was other people. Some people it seemed were just oblivious or did not care that I was undertaking which was for me a huge life changing process. And as a result it felt like they were throwing banana skins all over trying to make me slip up. Now not every person you know does this on purpose, but when you want to lose weight you will have to overcome certain types of people, people I have listed below!
The Weight Loss Expert
I am sure if you have ever tried to lose weight that once you have announced your desire to do so, you will have encountered that friend or family member who all of a sudden turns out to be a weight loss expert. Even though they have never talked about it before and my not exactly be “slim” themselves they will still offer you all kinds of advice and tell you how what you are doing is wrong. The best advice I can give you when dealing with a person like this is just be like, “Oh ok thanks” and then ignore what they tell you.
The “Oh You Do Not Need To Lose Weight” Person
Ugh don’t you just want to slap them in the face! I know that people like this are not doing it to be mean. Actually quite the contrary they are trying to be nice and not hurt your feelings. But when you want to lose weight and you know that you are overweight, the last thing you want to hear is a friend tell you how you are crazy and that you look perfect the way you are. This is nice of them to say, but it can come across so condescending and be very annoying. Just try not to let it get to you and realize that these type of people are just trying to be nice… no matter how annoying it may be. Just smile and say thanks.
Those Who Are Never Impressed & Put You Down
These type of people in my personal experience are the way they are because they do not want to see you succeed as they have issues of their own. I had a “friend” who when I was doing really well with my weight loss would always say I should be doing better. I would lose three pounds one week and rather than saying well done or even shooting me a smile she would say things like “well next week you can go for 4” or other things that diminished what I had achieved. These type of people can really bring you down and make you want to just ditch your diet, but try not to let them get to you. You either have to cut them out of your life or just know that what they are saying is coming from their own insecurities.
This one here is what one of my best friends was and when I asked her to stop she had no idea she was even doing it! If you have been on a diet you will know this scene. You and a friend go out for lunch she orders something like a burger and you order a salad. She then tries to egg you on to get something bad for you even though she knows you are on a diet. My friend did this all the time! Offering me cake, pizza, wine and a ton of other stuff. But she was not doing this because she did not want me to lose weight, she did not even realize that she was doing it and just wanted me to be happy! You just have to be rally firm with these people and flat out tell them you are on a diet and then they (most of the time) will back off.
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