You could always lie and tell them you are just in maintenance. Families are always going to worry. They always are going to think they know what is best for you. When I told my parents I went Raw, the first question was how do you get in your protein. How do you get enough B-12? Don't forget calcium. I researched this lifestyle I chose as I was doing it. I had a raw food chef/instructor who made sure that i knew what i was doing.
Tell them you researched healthy eating habits and you have the proper support. They don't need to know that you want to lose the last 10 pounds or so.
I am not sure how you reassure them. Have you had an eating disorder in the past? You say you are in the healthy range NOW and that your goal is to lose more weight for "vanity" - is your goal weight still in the healthy range? Is there any reason why they might have to be legitimately concerned? Are you eating enough to be HEALTHY? I suppose it is the mother in me that has to ask these questions - not all weight loss is healthy - and if someone cares enough about you to question it, you might want to answer these questions for yourself and then you will be in a better position to KNOW what to tell them. Seeing that you are in the range of 100-110 pounds, depending on your height, body build, and such, there COULD be a reason for concern. If you were 200 and they were getting antsy about you losing too much, my answer would be a little different. I am not about to judge YOUR weight or your journey, but as a mother, I would suggest that you at least ask yourself whether they have any reason for their concern. If not, simply explain that this is a healthy eating plan and a lifestyle change and NOT A DIET. If there is cause for concern, then take the steps you need to make sure it IS A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE CHANGE and you WILL reassure them.
I'm sure that you've reassured them that you are being healthy about. I think you should just wait it out and after a year or two of maintaining, they will get used to it.
12/26/12 4:16 P
Reassure your family that you have done thi the healthy way, that it is a lifestyle change and that you are not going to go into an underweight range. You have your doctor's approval to achieve your goal weight. That you are not going anorexic, you are still in a healthy weight range.
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18 12/26/12 3:42 P
I think they are mostly worried that I am not eating enough. They think that I look too tiny and don't want me to lose any more.
12/26/12 3:40 P
What are they worried about?
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18 12/26/12 3:20 P
Over the holidays half of my family was really supportive of my weight loss and the other half was worried. I was always really chubby and am smaller now than in high school. I am super thankful to have so many people care about me but I don't want them to worry unnecessarily. Right now I am in the healthy range so the rest of the weight I want to lose is more for vanity than anything. Does anyone have any tips on what to tell them? Thanks in advance for your help!
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