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Do negative comments help a person lose weight

Updated on April 20, 2012

Just recently, there was a comment told to someone from a loved one. The girl is doing her best to lose weight and is a comfortable pace losing weight because she doesn't want to lose the pounds too fast. Well, her mother told her, she was gaining double the pounds than she had lost. All this is because her mother was a size 2 at her age and her daughter is a size 10 after being a few sizes bigger last year. Maybe to other people this is nothing to really care about but to that one girl you could see how fast her confidence went down. She was happy one moment, the next moment she was sad.

Now to me that is not being an encouragement to someone who is trying to lose weight, it is more of a put down. Maybe to others it is way to make a person work out more, but have they ever thought about the emotions that this can bring to the person they are telling the comment too? Probably not, that is how her mother saw it, just way to criticize her daughter, so she can lose more weight. If I were told that, it would make me sad and kind of depressed, yes I would work harder to exercise but to kind of let go of my emotions.

There are two different types of comments, positive comments and negative comments. Positive comments are given and that can really help a person out when they are losing weight. It is an encouragement to that person because they know that they are able to lose weight and they have a friend or a loved one being there and encouraging them. You can say it can boost up their confidence in themselves, as well as their self-esteem.

Now when a friend or a family member can only give negative comments because they feel it will help that person, they may be wrong to a certain point. That isn't much of an encouragement to the person because it just makes them think, "I am working hard already and yet I cannot make myself or others happy,what is the use." This can really bring down their confidence and at times their self-esteem. When trying to lose weight you want someone who will make you want to workout more but by giving positive comments. There are those who say to just ignore those comments but it can really hurt someone deep down to the heart and they start to get a little bit depressed.

Case in point, negative comments are not the best to give when one is trying to lose weight. It can really bring a person down. Instead try to give positive comments where you know it will be more of an encouragement for that person to really want to continue.


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    • Dancilla profile image

      Priscilla 5 years ago from El Paso

      Thanks for stopping by to read it.

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      Jenna Pope 5 years ago from Southern California

      There is so much value in our society attached to people who are the "right" weight. That poor girl whose mother put her down. Sad. Good Hub. I voted up.