In a small study conducted by Lynsey K. Romo of North Carolina State University, the negative stigma facing people who are losing or have lost weight is more common than we realize. Forty people (21 women and 19 men) who’ve lost a significant amount of weight have reported that at least one person they know tried to undermine or belittle their weight loss goals.
When a person within a social group chooses to make a lifestyle change, others can sometimes feel a sense of insecurity and attempts to persuade the “changer” to “change back.”
You may have experienced a similar situation. It can be subtle – a sarcastic comment or an eye-roll. In some cases, drastic – by creating an environment that runs counter to what you are trying to accomplish. Listed below are 10 signs of sabotages that can distract your weight loss efforts:
10. Giving your body more attention. When the weight loss becomes noticeable, family and friends may constantly bring up your new shape. If this makes you uncomfortable, shift the attention from your body to your health.
9. Questioning your weight. Being asked about how much you weigh (even if you’ve lost weight) can sometimes make one feel a bit self-conscious. If you are uncomfortable giving out the number on the scale, stress the fact that good health is more important than focusing on weight.
8. Undermining the importance of physical activity. Your lifestyle change requires you to spend time being active, whether it is gardening or working out, but that may mean spending less time with friends and family. If they are feeling left out, try to arrange active dates with them, such as walks or bike rides.
7. Ignoring your progress. Healthy weight loss comes slowly, and it can be frustrating when others don’t notice that your jeans aren’t as snug, or that you’re not as tired when you climb the stairs. Remain positive by focusing on those small changes in your body and in the way you feel.