Top ten things I hate to hear from people after starting a new effort to lose weight:
10: Oh, you’re eating healthy again?
Yeah – I’m dieting again. Yes, that means I’m going to say no to your offer of junk food. YES – I failed last time. YES – I’m likely to fail THIS TIME but I really don’t need that tone, the one that says “should I hold this junk food until next week when you will be off the diet?”
9: It’s not a diet; it’s a life style change.
Getting a promotion at work that doubles my income would be a life style change. Eating salad every day and telling myself I’m never going to eat six slices of pizza in a single meal again is depressing and if I’m more than two days in, I’m already sick of hearing that it’s not a diet.
8: You look great!
I know you mean this to encourage me but unless I’ve actually lost a significant amount of weight, it RARELY feels like a genuine statement. Especially if I just started my “life style change” last week. Instead, it just comes across like “thank God, you are finally doing something about your health – I hope you don’t quit this time”.
7: You should drink more water
You know – I think you are right – maybe I’m over weight because I’m dehydrated!
6: Anything about water weight
I don’t know what water weight is. I know the human body is like 80% water. So couldn’t I lose my entire weigh loss goal in water? Usually I assume the reason people don’t notice when I lose the first 15-20lbs, it’s because I’m just that over weight – not because it’s all “water”…
5: Maybe you gained muscle and that’s why you stopped losing weight
More likely, I started eating junk again and I’m actually gaining fat – or maybe I’m drinking too much water and its all water weight. But I appreciate the sediment.
4: You’re still lapping everyone on the couch!
I don’t know why this one bothers me. People that say it are only trying to be encouraging. But I just want to reply with “not on a treadmill – I’m just kinda running in place, not lapping anyone.”
3: You know what works for me is…
I know people are just trying to relate in some meaningful way when they start sharing their weight management efforts with me, but what works for you isn’t very likely relevant to me. That is, unless you were 100lbs over weight and a food addict… if that’s the case, then by all means, please do share what worked for you.
2: I’m so proud of you!
Unless you are my wife or parent – why would this motivate me? Are you saying that, not only should I seek your approval, but until I started a weight loss effort, I didn’t have it?
1: Iceberg lettuce has no nutritional value
SO WHAT! I’m already struggling with my choices in life – I’m fat and starting a diet (um, sorry, I mean life style change), and when I finally make a decent choice to have a salad – that’s not good enough, I have to eat kale and bok choy before I get your nod of approval? I hope you choke on a chicken bone. Not to death, just long enough that you need my help to perform the Heimlich maneuver, and I’m going to brag afterward that my iceberg salad gave me the strength to save your life.