Why it Happens


It can be the person you least expect who attempts to sabotage your
weight loss -- your spouse, a sibling or your best friend. While this
situation can happen for different reasons, it is quite likely that the
"saboteur" finds themselves threatened by your efforts to lose weight.

Here are some scenarios where someone may be reacting out of fear or insecurity:

  • Friends may think you want to change your life in other ways -- maybe you'll be leaving them out of your "new and improved" circle of friends along with your new, healthy lifestyle.
  • A friend may feel your weight loss makes her extra weight seem more noticeable to others.
  • Your spouse may be jealous of or dislike the attention you are getting from other people.
  • A family member may resent the time you spend exercising or preparing healthy foods (particularly if they themselves partake of neither) when you could be spending time with them.
  • A friend may feel guilty about continuing to eat your formerly favorite foods while you eat lighter fare. Or she may miss her "partner in crime" if you frequently ate together or shared "bad" foods.

What it Looks Like


So, how do you know a weight loss saboteur when you meet one? Here are some clues.

Weight loss saboteurs may...

  • Urge you to eat sweet or fattening foods.
  • Undermine your efforts by making negative comments, such as: "No one ever keeps the weight off!" or "You'll never make your goal weight. You always quit."
  • Continually offer you second helpings of food despite the fact that you say you are no longer hungry.
  • Keep a watchful eye on everything you eat, make snide comments, or check the fridge or food packages to see if you have eaten "bad" foods in their absence.
  • Be overly critical of your weight loss methods.
  • Discourage you from getting regular physical activity.
  • Belittle or make fun of you.

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Comment by Lola on November 16, 2010 at 12:56pm
LMBO! There you go! Shut them down.
Comment by Belinda "never give up" on November 16, 2010 at 11:37am
cut them off! because they will hurt u down the line.i'm having that now. ppl be asking me why
Comment by Lola on November 16, 2010 at 11:08am
So what do you do once you realize this is happening?
Comment by Belinda "never give up" on November 16, 2010 at 10:59am
right lola
Comment by Lola on November 16, 2010 at 10:38am
Wow Belinda, this was such a good post! Although I am not experiencing this now, I have in the past and your have hit the nail right on the head as to the reasons and reactions. I hope everyone takes a second to read this post.
Comment by melissa crawford on November 14, 2010 at 11:03pm
what u said. right on the money. go to the store and dnt buy nothing put junk food and meat. then say they forgot what u asked for.

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