Diet Sabotage

Woman offering Cookie

No matter what dietary changes you’re trying to make - whether you’re looking to lose weight, lower your cholesterol or keep your blood sugar in check - you’re likely to run into diet sabotage sometimes.

Maybe your spouse cooks a high-calorie meal ("You’ve got to eat this, I made it just for you!"), or your co-workers entice you ("You’re doing so well, you can come have greasy fast food with us just this once.") Then there are the ones who hint that they liked the "old you" better, often because you are becoming less like them - and more like someone they could only hope to be.

There are all sorts of reasons why people interfere with our efforts at self-improvement. Sometimes the intentions are well-meaning. After all, what better way to show someone you care than to offer up their favorite food? But sometimes there’s a twinge of jealousy, too. While you’re getting fit and healthy, there are those around you who aren’t. And your success is making them look and feel more like failures.

A man who sees his partner getting slimmer and stronger may worry that he’ll lose her, so he might do some subtle diet sabotage. He’ll tell her he misses eating ice cream together in front of the TV, or that he misses her curves.

It can take a lot of toughening up to deflect some of the sabotage. You can initially try the subtle approach - "Yes, those pork rinds look delicious - maybe later." When that doesn’t work, you just have to be more direct - "Mom, I love your fried chicken and I love you, but I’m trying to keep my cholesterol down." Let your co-workers know that you’re the same person you always were, that you’d love to join them for happy hour. And that it would be really, really helpful if they could respect your efforts by not trying to tempt you with junk food, or high calorie cocktails.