Social Support: The Simple Secret to Weight Loss Success
by Jason Yun
Social support can really help someone who is struggling to lose weight. You can do all the dieting and exercising you want, but if you don't surround yourself with helpful people who want you to succeed it can be difficult. Are there people in your life who don't want you to succeed at weight loss, or anything in life? Find a supportive atmosphere and watch the pounds drop!
Lack of accountability is one of the biggest reasons people cannot lose the weight they want. It?s tough to keep a laser focus on something that could take several weeks to several years to accomplish. Social support can keep you honest to your weight-loss plan and keep you motivated along the way.
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This secret is quite a gem because anyone can be an accountability partner. Look to friends, family, co-workers, superiors, mentors, personal trainers, teachers or kids ? the possibilities are endless. The only thing that matters is that the person you employ to be your support wants you to succeed and is not going to try and sabotage your efforts.
You can even get creative in your search for accountability by turning to the latest technology. The Internet is doused with weight loss forums and hundreds can be found at your fingertips with a simple Google search. On these forums, you can post your food and exercise logs so like-minded people can comment and offer you their advice and encouragement.
If you are tech savvy, climb onto the social networking bandwagon to find a weight loss community. On the micro-blogging site, Twitter, you can update your social support network with short and frequent ?tweets? about your diet and exercise program in real time. Gather your network by ?following? people who are interested in fitness or nutrition. Any slip-ups in either and you can bet your ?followers? will be on your case. Even people you don?t know will add their two cents.
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On Facebook, you can update your friends with longer posts about your weight-loss plan. You can also upload photos of your progress, post notes about your hang-ups and chat with your supporters. I?ve even been known to make comments about current or former client?s meals ? so watch out!
Nobody can really pinpoint why social support is so valuable in the weight loss game, but including family and friends in your plan has proven highly effective. Your supporters do not necessarily have to be working towards the same weight-loss goals, but by surrounding yourself with people who can encourage you in healthy eating and exercise you will be well on the road to the leaner you.
On the flip side, try to avoid people who won?t support your healthy lifestyle. Hanging out with people who make fun of you for your whole grain snacks or who are stuffing fries down their throats while you nibble on carrot sticks will only slow your progress. Instead, engage in a positive environment with a positive support system that will encourage you to keep living healthily and stay driven toward your goals.
Get out there now and begin gathering your network of supporters, whether they be friends, family or the blogosphere community! Fill them in on your specific weight, nutrition and fitness goals and let them know if they should scold you for slacking. If you do, I guarantee your chances of succeeding will increase dramatically.