Realizing that people aren't going to change unless they themselves want to probably cut my cortisol by 75%.
I decided at the start I would tell nobody about this diet until they said that it looked like I have lost weight and ask me what I've done. Exception is my partner because I live with him and he needs to know what I will and won't eat. So far not a single person has noticed my weight loss and asked me what I've done even though my clothes are falling off. Bummer because another gal in my group crows about the weightloss she has achieved in preparation for her upcoming wedding. Of course, she's just down the basic low-fat, low calorie thing.
Female, 5'3", 49, Starting weight: 163lbs. Current weight: 135 (more or less).
Starting squat: 45lbs. Current squat: 162.5 x 2
I think living by example, as someone else said, is the key. I met up with a group of old school mates recently that I hadn't seen for years, and one of them said it looks like I'm the only one in the group who hasn't really aged! Years down the line that difference will get more noticeable (I'm hoping!), unless they change their lifestyle too.
I don't, mainly because I have always hated it when people have told me what to do. Especially when Mormons, of which there has been a resurgence in the region over the past few months, try to accost me on the bus, and other Christians start street broadcasting in Market Street.
The other reason is that I feel that one approach won't work for everyone, and that we all have to find our own way.
My approach is to get the physique I want and point people in the right direction if they ask, and let them know how I did it.
Meat is Prized, Wheat is Despised.
Real Food - The REAL staff of life
I've given up, too. I don't care if people want to eat bread, it's thier choice. And who am I to preach to them when I cheat every month with ice cream, wine, chocolate or honey and whatnot.
BUT...I DO still recommend to everyone to check out local farmer's markets...because I don't believe in feeding industrial food companies (including feedlots and battery chicken) with hard earned money. Everyones health should be worth a lot more than that.