"What do you do when family members, friends or co-workers resist or undermine a client's healthy changes?"

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I try to prepare clients for this occurrence. I have seen this situation more often with "friends" who feel threatened by the success of someone in their circle. When the resistance comes from a partner, it is a very difficult situation, but social interactions can be altered more easily. I often ask clients about their social habits and suggest, for example, that "girls' night out" could be replaced by a fun activity that does not revolve around eating. Discussing strategies with clients in preparation for events like that is often helpful.

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