In this audio, Dr. Mcayla discusses diet saboteurs. How do we deal with people who create a sense of guilt or shame when you’re making health changes? Instead of giving up on your goals, Dr. Mcayla provides tips and suggestions to overcome this behavior and learn how to handle push back and pressure. It doesn’t have to be as personal as it feels. Free yourself by learning why this happens and how to stay on track with your healthy lifestyle!
Fat stigma is when people are ridiculed and judged for being overweight. Lean stigma is the opposite. It’s when people are shamed or criticized for losing weight, or trying to lose weight. It’s the push back and pressure dieter’s receive from friends and family. And it feels awful, and unfair. Often, it leads to quitting. Guess what… lean stigma may be more common than fat stigma, or at least more common than we think. Why does this happen? Change! It feels threatening to other people who aren’t ready to change their habits. Rather than offer support, they create a sense of shame.
When we don’t know how to deal with this push back and pressure, we quit or self-sabotage. It feels too personal an attack to forge on. but know this: it’s less personal than you may think. The push back and pressure comes from something called “bandwagon syndrome.” People hop on the criticisms our of social pressures and trying to fit in themselves. Or, your changes makes them feel “less than.” Like, if you trade in Friday night drinks for the gym, what’s that say about all the people still drinking cocktails?
Listen to the full episode to learn how to deal with this all too common problem.
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