First of all, I fast for at least 16 hours (usually more like 20 hours) a day.
Most of the time this isn't really a problem because I don't get lunch breaks at work; I can't meet a friend or family member for lunch anyway. On weekends, I'll suggest going out for coffee or dinner, or going to the Farmer's Market.
|Leftovers from a coffee date with Max =)|
If a family member or close friend asks about my eating habits, I have no problem talking about intermittent fasting. I usually explain it as simply as I can, because the last thing most normal people want to talk about for hours is nutrition. I'll say something like, "I fast every day until about 5pm, which helps me get all my calories in around my workouts. It really simplifies my lifestyle." And 90% of the time, people are like, Oh cool! That's interesting. Now let's talk about something more interesting. Which is fine by me.
I am also not currently indulging at every opportunity and each family gathering because, well, I'm cutting. It doesn't usually make people uncomfortable when I refuse a piece of cake, but if it does, I'm upfront, open, and cut right to the point with a simple "No thanks." If they continue to push, I'll say, "I'm trying to lose a couple of pounds," and smile. Normally that's the end of the conversation but because of my past, sometimes my family pushes further: "You look great; you're healthy; why are you trying to lose a few pounds?!"
This is where a specific goal comes in handy. Right now, I'm trying to ensure that I compete in the 132lb weight class at the meet I want to participate in; ideally, I'd like to weigh about 128 just in case I'm holding some water during weigh-ins. So that's what I tell anyone who is concerned, after assuring them that I am healthy and I'm not going to slide back down into anorexia again.
How do you explain your diet and nutrition choices to family & friends?