You’ve made the decision to lose weight and get healthy. You’ve done your research and you have a plan and a goal that you’re excited about.
Then you hit a wall.
But it’s not a plateau, it’s diet demons — those family members or friends who are doing everything they can to stand in the way of your success.
Why do they do this? There are many reasons. While we'd like to think that people would be rooting for us, sometimes they take a negative tone and put tempting foods in our path, instead.
There’s no doubt that healthy lifestyle journeys are more successful when they’re supported. How do you deal with these Negative Nellies and saboteurs?
5 Diet Demons (and how to Overcome Them)
1. The Insecure Diet Doubter
Whether it’s a friend or a spouse, there are plenty of people in your life who have gotten comfortable with the idea of you being unhealthy and overweight. It may make them feel like you're less likely to leave them or find somebody new.
The best approach here is a direct one. Tell the person that they are working against you and that you need their support in order to succeed.
2. The YOLO Friend
“Why are you only eating salad?” “You only live once, you should enjoy yourself!”
These comments are made to tempt you into eating something that's off your meal plan.
Tell the person that it's important for you to accomplish your goal, and that you need their help instead of temptation.
3. Location, location, location
There are some people who insist on choosing places to eat where there is only unhealthy food.
If you’re at a sports bar or fast food joint, look for a salad – more and more places have them.
If you have to eat processed, salty, or fat-filled foods, keep your portions small, and drink water instead of alcohol.
4. The Post-Workout Indulger
You’ve gone to the gym and put in an hour of Zumba class with your friend. Now she wants to go to the juice bar, or to Starbucks for a fat-filled Frappuccino.
You want to stick with your friend through your workouts, as it helps to have someone to be accountable to.
Your best bet is to have a plan ahead of time. Know what the right post-workout snack is to choose wherever you go – those places often sell whole fruit or mixed nuts.
5. The Gourmet Hostess
You’re a guest for dinner and your hostess is easily insulted when people don’t eat her food.
Take a taste and tell her it’s wonderful. Then help yourself to the salad.
It’s hard to stick to healthy habits without the support of those around you.Tweet
If you feel like people are working against you, see if you can’t turn the tables and ask them to join you on your quest.
Tell them how much better you feel already and that you want them to experience it, too. Instead of having somebody tempt you, you may find a partner in healthy living.
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Yours in health and happiness,
P.S. Share this with someone you want to support in their healthy living journey and let them know that they have a partner in you! Comment below…Have you encountered any of thes “diet demons”?