Navigating others’ attention during weight loss can be a mixed bag. Positive extrinsic motivation from friends and family can be encouraging, reinforcing your efforts and boosting self-esteem; though it wanes as time passes, so it’s not enough for long term motivation. However, negative comments or unwarranted attention may arise, often stemming from insecurity or jealousy. Stay focused on your goals, relying on intrinsic motivation and a strong mindset to shield you from negativity. Politely deflect unsolicited advice or comments and remember, your journey is about self-improvement, not appeasing others’ expectations. Surround yourself with a supportive community, and let your own health and well-being remain the primary drivers of your weight loss, irrespective of external opinions.

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