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7/27/13 1:14 A

I try not to give them any reason to ask. If they offer something I don't want, I politely say "no thanks" and don't elaborate unless they push. If they do, I just say I'm not in the mood for it, or I've already got a snack lined up and I don't want it to go to waste. Last resort, I tell them I'm working on focusing on getting more unprocessed foods and vegetables (rather than focusing on getting *less* of something). I definitely try to avoid saying that I don't have enough caloric room for it, or that I "can't" have particular foods or types of food, or any of those other terms that make people assume you're eating the way you do specifically for weight loss purposes.

Most people who I spend a significant amount of time with see me put away meals of sufficient size and quality that it's not really an issue, most of the time.

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7/26/13 11:52 P

My eating habits never come up in conversation so I don't feel the need to explain myself. I don't make it a habit to discuss my diet in every day conversations. (diet meaning what I eat, not that I am "on a diet") I'm changing what I eat, not how much I eat, so if it does result in a noticeable weight loss and I'm questioned about it I'll just tell people the truth. I cut out the junk and I'm eating better. There's nothing else to explain.

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7/26/13 9:56 P

Perhaps they need some education.
Define for them that "diet" is what you eat. What they're implying is a *reducing* diet. Not the same thing.

So yes, we're ALL on "a diet." Well, other than those who are on starvation fasts, I suppose.

I think you might find that if you delve into the science of nutrition when they start in, their eyes will glaze over and you might not get those remarks again! Works for me, at least.

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7/26/13 9:43 P

I am so tired of everyone saying I lost weight because I was on a diet. What does it take to make people understand I am not on a diet. I eat what I want when I want it. I just make healthier choices the majority of the time. If I want to eat Pizza; I eat Pizza just not the whole pie! I drink lots of water, I cut out bagged processed foods and eat in restaurant esp fast food very sparingly now.

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7/26/13 6:08 P

Why do they think you are on a diet? Have you mentioned that word?

If I am asked I always say that I just changed my way of eating.

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7/26/13 4:09 P

I always respond back with , Im not on a diet, I choose what I would like to eat, and I definately do not choose to stick that in my body! Alot of people tease me and say "she wont eat it, its not ORGANIC" I tell them if they cut out the processed crap for 2 weeks and then ate it again they might never want to touch it again in the future lol! Taste like lard and crap IMO! Eat healthy and it gets easier and to the people that want to make a big deal out of it just ignore them, they are not worth your energy. When you choose what you want to eat sometimes that can be a not as healthy as it could be choice but that is your freedom to choose not anyone elses!

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7/26/13 3:49 P

Amen WADINGMOOSE ! I prefer to think of it as this.

Origin of DIET

Middle English diete, from Anglo-French, from Latin diaeta, from Greek diaita, literally, manner of living, from diaitasthai to lead one's life
First Known Use: 13th century

It is our manner of living, how we eat to survive. I can't help it if people today use words incorrectly. If I decided to live in a tree, THAT would be a lifestyle change. What I eat is my diet, I just have a better one than most

I never discuss my weight loss with others( offline ). I am not doing it for them. I am busy making myself healthy, and not concerned whether they think I am on a diet, or making a lifestyle change, or even if they notice that I am losing. They can offer me chips till 2020, and I have no desire to eat them. I just smile, and say " No Thanks! ". If they ask what I am doing to lose weight I just say " Eating better. " Giving advice just leads to more questions, or them telling you that you are doing something wrong. You end up either trying to help them, or argue with them. So just saying I eat better seems to do the trick. They were hoping you'd give them better advice like " It started one day when I was in my garden, and found some magic beans!...."

Edited by: RUSSELL_40 at: 7/26/2013 (15:49)

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7/26/13 2:50 P

I don't. They can call it what they want, really, it doesn't change what I'm doing.

Although I'm the only one who calls it my "diet" only because it's stopped the guys at work from offering me crappy food - one guy used to walk around offering potato chips every day. It was way easier to say, "I'm on a diet" (he never offered again and now he's switched to almonds) rather than "my lifestyle change doesn't include potato chips" which just sounds...well, wrong.

Actually, I think I hate the term "lifestyle change" just as much, you can't change people's attitudes about something by changing the term.

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7/26/13 1:57 P

I agree that you should not have to keep explaining that it is a lifestyle change not a diet, but I also know how important it is that our family & friends know that it's not just a diet. If they understand what you are doing then they will be able to support you and possibly even make a healthy lifestyle change for to answer your question I would just tell them each time they refer to it as a diet..."it's actually a lifestyle change because I choose to eat healthy foods, they are different because with a diet you stop when you reach your goal weight, with a lifestyle change it is about getting healthy and staying healthy for life." Hope this helps!

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7/26/13 1:46 P

Try not to worry about it too much. As others have said, they'll figure it out when they see you sticking to it even after you've reached your goals.

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7/26/13 1:02 P

My family and co-workers bust me all the time. I don't feel the need to explain myself however I do like to tell people that I feel better when I eat healthy and feel better knowing I am feeding my children healthy. Most people in my life are used to it now but I still get comments sometimes!

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7/26/13 12:33 P

Try to resist the urge to explain yourself to others. You don't need to convince them that "this is for life." They'll figure it out when you show through your actions that the changes you're making are enduring.

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7/26/13 12:20 P

I would make a comment like, "Well, a person's "diet" is what he eats, so we are all always on diets. Some are just on better ones than others."

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7/26/13 12:13 P

How do you explain to family and friends that you are not on a diet, you are changing your lifestyle? Every time I think I've gotten through to my family that this is not a short-term thing, they come back with that dreaded "diet" word.

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