Sunday, October 12, 2014

Diet Psychology: Dealing with Negative People

Last week, the trainer in one of those how-to-be-a-better-manager webinars at work used a cutesy acronym that really resonated with me -- C.A.V.E. dwellers. These are the people who are Consistently Against Virtually Everything.

I used to think of these people as Negative Nellies, but I like the image of them as cave dwellers much more. No doubt they would have found fault with the wheel and fire when they were first discovered.

Most dieters have some C.A.V.E. dwellers in their circle of friends and relatives. They're convinced we are going to pack on all of our extra pounds (and then some!) after we achieve our ideal weight. And statistically they are right. "Researchers at the University of California at Los Angeles analyzed 31 long-term diet studies and found that about two-thirds of dieters regained more weight within four or five years than they initially lost," according to NBC News.

Yet one third manage to keep all or part of their extra weight off, a statistic your C.A.V.E. dwelling Aunt Martha fails to mention.

Meanwhile, a woman in one of my Medifast Facebook groups -- we'll call her Clarissa -- was upset by a conversation she had with a so-called friend to whom she'd offered some Size 2X clothing that no longer fit her. The friend refused the clothes because she was concerned Clarissa would need them again when she gained her weight back. Clarissa asked our group for a snappy retort the next time this happened.

Here's what I would say, "Wow, it must be tough being so negative all the time," after which I would avoid her like the ebola virus.

One of the secrets to succeeding with the Medifast Take Shape for Life program -- or any other self-improvement venture -- is staying away from people who are happiest when they and those around them are miserable.

Misery may like company, but it doesn't have to be yours.

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