Why would someone try to sabotage your diet? Sadly, no matter how important it is for you to lose weight, the people around you will do their best to sabotage your diet. The reasons are many and varied, but you will need to be prepared for it and be ready to deal with it.
Some of the examples of diet sabotage are listed below:
- Fear for your health. Well meaning friends will feel that you are losing too much too fast and putting your health at risk.
- Feeling personally insulted. People love to cook and to share food. They can be very upset when you refuse to eat it.
- Mixing up food with friendship. A lot of social activity is built around dining together. A person on a diet is like a junkie trying to get clean. Hanging around in environment where they would be tempted to “use” is extremely dangerous.
- Black balling you from social activities. “The team is all going for a Chinese meal but we didn’t bother inviting you because you are on that diet”
- Leaving tempting food around. A big bowl of sweets on the team communal table. Charity raiser boxes of chocolates placed strategically next to the coffee and tea making facilities.
- The amateur psychologist will tell you that you are much more boring a person since you lost weight.
A spouse or partner can feel threatened when you drop the pounds and become more attractive to the opposite sex again.
Friends and family feel guilty and jealous that you are losing weight and getting in shape and they are not. It can be like a slap in their face.
People who have never had a weight problem don’t get it. They don’t understand how important getting back into shape is for you.
- Increased virility. After years spent in a comfort zone of little or no sex, a spouse may be shocked by the sudden increased demand for sexual activity from their partner and struggle to keep up.
They miss the old jolly fat man or woman. You used to be the funny person who brought in the great cakes and goodies to cheer your work mates up. You might even have dropped the lunch dates for extra time spent in the gym
- At the end of the day, some people are just threatened by change
There is no easy way to deal with sabotage, but for most people reading this website and actually doing the Ratchet Diet, you are losing weight to save your life. These diet saboteurs may be well meaning, but they are threatening your life. You are the one who is going to get cancer, dementia, high blood pressure, be paralysed after a stroke, or collapse with a massive heart attack. You will not be so jolly then.
So try to be nice, but firm with the saboteurs. If that does not work, they will need to be eliminated from your life. This is a serious business and you cannot afford to be weak.
Hopefully the people trying to sabotage your diet are not as ruthless and organised as the men who sabotaged the dams in WW2
Wallis’s initial idea was to drop a 10 long tons (10 t) bomb from an altitude of about 40,000 ft (12,200 m). This idea was part of the earthquake bomb concept. At that time no bomber aircraft was capable of flying at that altitude with such a heavy payload. A much smaller explosive charge would suffice, if it could be exploded directly against the dam wall below the surface of the water, but the major German reservoir dams were protected by heavy torpedo nets to prevent such an attack. Wallis’s breakthrough overcame this. A drum-shaped bomb — essentially a specially designed, heavy depth charge — spinning backwards at over 500 rpm, dropped at a sufficiently low altitude at the correct speed, would skip for a significant distance over the surface of the water in a series of bounces before reaching the dam wall. Its residual spin would run the bomb down the side of the dam to its underwater base. Using a hydrostatic fuse, an accurate drop could bypass the dam’s defences and enable the bomb to explode against the dam.