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May 27, 2007



The not telling people why you're not eating or drinking can prove to be tricky, especially if people are going to end up being concerned about your health because they think it's more to do with that, they may be annoyed that they've been worried/upset about how you are when they find out that it's really because of a diet.

I haven't told people that I'm doing LL but I haven't give reasons for not drinking other than 'I don't fancy it tonight' and to be honest people have just accepted that. If they didn't I wouldn't be concerned or anxious, it's my choice whether I drink or not and I think that's the best way to play it.

I can understand that you don't want people preaching at you and if you do tell anyone you just need to make sure that one of the first things you say is that you have been put on it by your doctor and that you have regular check ups - that'll shut them up as doctor knows best :)



I'm strugglng a bit to see why it would be so bad if people knew that you are on a serious diet like LL with medical supervision. I appreciate that it must be hard for you though or you would have told people.

My experience has been that a very few people have given me a little bit of grief about the diet but mostly they have been silly women who can't see the wood for the trees and have ended up contradicting themselves. They start off saying how well I've done and how great all the exercise is etc and they wind up saying that it must be unhealthy and I can't survive on that, usually while tucking into a bottle of wine or smoking a pack of fags! I can safely discard that sort of "advice".!

95% of people have been amazingly supportive and interested in the diet though and many have known someone else who've done something similar. I found the levels of support and acceptance of the diet and my sucess to be really high. Out of the many, many people who have commented and congratulated me, sent me cards and emails etc, only 2 have given me a hard time!

Anyway, I'll accept that it would be too difficult for you to tell, so on that basis, would second Cath's "least said the better it is" route. If you're firm and confident about your choice then people generally don't question it.

You have every right to eat or drink what YOU want and not let people nag you into things.

Good luck.

Leley x


I don't like the attention either. In fact I hate it! This is how I handled it: I said I'd been on a strict diet and it had worked because this time I managed to remember I was on a diet - I usually forget. I didn't have a magic wand; I had eaten a lot fewer calories than I burned off and had done so for a few months. The comment that ended the conversation most effectively was, "I haven't had any chocolate or sugary stuff since Christmas." That concept stunned people and seemed to be a satisfactory explanation for the change! Occasionally someone asked what diet I'd done and I'd say, "Low calorie - actually very low calorie." and laugh. In fact being light-hearted seemed to work well. If necessary I'd have said something about how I needed to lose weight for health reasons. If you say "Thanks!" and smile if they compliment you, say a couple of sentences in a positive manner and then ask them a question about themselves, you can avoid the detail. Once people are used to seeing the new you, they'll quickly forget how you were and you can live happily ever after. I was prepared to tell any persistent questioner that I didn't find talking about diets helpful but have not needed to.

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