Diane Dressel, R.D.
“C’mon. One bite’s not going to hurt you.” “It’s the holidays. Live a little.”
There’s one in every crowd: holiday diet saboteurs. Whether it’s among co-workers, family or friends, they’re out there. And although their intentions might seem harmless enough, they can derail months of concerted effort in losing weight and improving one’s health.
But people can stay on track with their weight loss goals amid saboteurs during the holiday feasting season. When caught in a situation where someone is applying food pressure, having a couple stock responses at your disposal, such as:
- “No thanks. I’m already really full.”
- “It looks great. Maybe you could wrap some up for me to take home for later?”
If you know someone is trying to lose weight, here are some ways to become a food friend instead of a foe:
- Offer to take a walk instead of going out to eat for lunch
- Become a “get healthy” buddy by offering encouragement instead of peer pressure
- When bringing treats to the office or hosting a party, offer low-calorie alternatives
- Ask what you can do to be supportive
Mutual support can go a long way.