I just experienced this yesterday at a local lady Jane's. All the attention felt fucking empowering coz it never happened to me before prior to lifting.
"On today's episode of first 48."
Quit cold turkey and replace it with lifting. It worked for me.
Eat clean, be on a caloric deficit, intermediate fast once a week and lift. It's not that your dad is not giving you good advice, you probably don't have the discipline necessary to create a proper routine.