I was talking to my mother yesterday and she has been following a diet I helped design for her a couple years ago.
She was venting about how frustrating it is when someone finds out you are trying to lose weight and they start giving you their opinion or advice. It seems like everyone has a strong opinion on the correct foods to eat and what to avoid—or some magic secret, like you need to be drinking a half gallon of apple cider vinegar every full moon to stoke your metabolism. Even though my mom has found a way of eating that works for her, other people’s comments make her second guess herself and worse, they make her feel judged.
I think often times people feel the need to prove to themselves and others that they understand proper nutrition. They get to dispense their “advice” under the guise of helping even though most of the time it’s a selfish act. It gives them a warm and fuzzy feeling. A lot of the advice I hear from other people is just flat out scientifically wrong. But even good advice is only good if the recipient is open to hearing it.
We need to stop caring about what other people are eating. Unless they are directly asking for advice I think it’s best to just let people be in charge of their own bodies. There are countless diets and yes, some are healthier than others, but everyone is entitled to make their own choice and doesn’t need a waist-watching white knight riding in to save them from a processed snack or diet soda.