Every body is a critic…or so it seems. This day in age, it seems that people love to criticize others and focus on their shortcomings, rather than turn the camera on themselves and make some positive changes in their own life. As my weight loss was becoming more and more visible last year, I would receive so many compliments on how awesome it was and how great I looked with the weight gone. Usually these compliments were followed by asking me how I did it. I would oblige and tell them about keto and how great it made me feel. At this point, the conversation usually takes one of two distinct directions; people would be curious and genuinely want to learn more, or they would glare at me over their abnormally large Honeybun and say, “eating that way will kill you”! Hmmmmmmm……ok. It used to bother me, but not anymore. My blood pressure is down 20 points and I am healthier than I was in my 30’s. Today I want to try to save you some aggravation and tell you some things that I wish I would have known back then. The first thing would be this: Don’t waste your time on haters. You can tell right away when someone is really concerned about you and your health. You can also tell when they are jealous of your success and they feel the need to bring you down to their level. If you run into the latter, don’t waste your breath explaining anything to them. Their minds will not be changed by anything you have to say. Let your body do the talking, and they won’t be able to help but to listen.
Sometimes, you will run into someone who is truly happy for you and they are actually teachable! These are the people you can reach and educate! I would love to see people learn the truth about keto and how we have been deceived all these years about the “non-fat myth”. I did the Stop the Insanity program in the ’90’s and I believe that is what messed my metabolism up and created my weight issues to start with. Back then I only had about 10 pounds to lose. After trying low fat, the scale started creeping up MORE! The less fat I ate, the more weight I would gain until I gave up trying. I felt hopeless because my 10 pounds had turned into 50. But, I digress…. I meant to stick to handling critics. One of the best answers that I have found is this; Did you know that you can survive and live a healthy life even if you never eat another gram of carbohydrates? Did you know that you could NOT survive eating a diet of ALL carbohydrates? This will usually get them thinking. Remind them of how our ancestors ate. Most of them did not have access to veggies and definitely not fruits year round. They always had access to animal products, though. Our bodies were designed to use fat for fuel! We have just gotten in its way with all of this non fat, processed garbage! Another way to handle critics I already touched on above. Just say, “thank you for your concern but we will just have to agree to disagree”. Then proceed to let your body and droopy clothes do the talking. Your time is valuable! Don’t waste it arguing! I have found that many people who were my critics in the beginning, are now making the switch! One last method is to joke it off and let them see that you don’t need anyone’s approval to be happy.