Lose Weight, Gain Jealousy? How Not To Lose Friends, Too

Sources: Dr. Phoenyx.com; BlackDoctor.org
Not too long ago I received a thank you and an update from a young lady on her weight loss success:
…(U)sing your advice, I have lost over 25 lbs. since I started my weight loss journey this summer…(B)ut I…noticed that since I have lost weight my girlfriend has started making rude comments about the clothes I wear when we go out. I actually dress pretty conservative but I am wearing more fitted clothes since I can now fit into smaller size clothes that I like.
…(W)hen I go out with other friends, they compliment me on my outfits and weight loss. I just don’t understand all the negativity from my girlfriend and she just doesn’t seem very supportive or happy for me at all since I’ve lost weight, and I don’t like hanging around her as much because of her attitude. Why is she acting this way and what should I do?
Weight loss can have a funny effect on the people in our lives. What you’ll soon begin to notice as you lose weight is that people in general will start to treat you quite differently as your body starts to slim — and your confidence starts to soar!
Friends might become “frenemies,” while total strangers may soon become our biggest admirers and romantic interests.
And through it all, this effect your weight loss has on other people can be quite unexpected, confusing, and even stressful – which is why I think you should mentally prepare yourself for it happening – because 9 times out of 10 it will!
In fact, not too long ago I received an email from a young lady expressing similar feelings because one of her closest friends had suddenly becoming quite negative towards her since she lost a considerable amount of weight:
Bottom line, your weight loss will have an impact on people in your life, and that impact – good or bad – is simply a part of the whole healthy living journey itself that you will need to embrace in order to become a healthier and happier individual in the long run. And to better understand what I mean by that, check out my latest FIT 411 episode where I discuss why people treat you different after weight loss, and how to handle jealousy.

By Dr. Phoenyx Austin, M.D. a certified Sports Medicine Specialist and the creator of nutritional supplements for Healthy Hair and Fit Body. Her YouTube channel has advice for fitness, natural beauty and healthy living tips along with a subscription to her newsletter.

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