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Sniffing Out Weight Loss Supporters and Saboteurs


Since healthy eating and exercising are lifestyle changes, I find that sometimes the people around me are not always supportive of my new habits. Whether it’s family or friends, there will inevitably be someone who encourages me to stray from my diet and exercise routine, most likely veiled in a compliment such as, “You don’t need to lose any more weight, you look great!”

While it’s nice to hear these compliments, it’s important not to let other people’s opinions sway me from my ultimate goals. Maybe I do look great to others (if they really mean it), but it’s how I feel that’s most important, and I can’t let anyone else dictate that.

My life coach, Alison Miller, says if someone is not being supportive, it most likely means they have their own unresolved issues with food. She says don’t ask for support, but don’t pre-empt it either; just expect it and state it in an assertive way: “I appreciate your support.”

It’s important to stay committed to your goals despite what people around you are saying or doing. What are your tips for resisting temptation? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

Our 2012 Weight Loss Diary writer, Yasmin, is a 33-year-old web content producer who is looking to get healthy and love her body! Follow along on her year-long weight loss journey!

Who’s helping Yasmin? Tiara Coaching Life coach Alison Miller, Ph.D, nutritionist Keri Gans, R.D, and Equinox personal trainer Stephanie Pipia.


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