Social support and weight loss: Find your tribe to lose more weight and keep it off!
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Did you know having a social support network increases your chances of weight loss and maintenance? So, there’s no reason to go it alone. Learn how it works and tips to help you find your tribe.
Studies have shown that dieters with a support network lose more weight and keep it off longer. While the exact reason behind it is unknown, connecting with other like-minded individuals makes sense to help us weather the ups and downs of something as nuanced as weight loss.
Finding others who value health and wellness (in-person or online) provides motivation. It also helps keep up your momentum from a practical and emotional standpoint.
Start by searching out like-minded folks in all aspects of your life. Chances are you interact with health-conscious individuals regularly, though you may not know it.
Whether you work from home or go into an office, there are likely other people around you who are actively working to lose weight and improve their health.
Want to get something started at work to help yourself and others? Start a lunchtime walking group or encourage walking meetings during suitable weather. Getting the ball rolling can be the hardest part.
If you work from home, encourage teammates to use an online reporting tool to track their activity. Build in a bit of competition and rewards, and you’ll suddenly find that people are on board.
You can live in a different city and still be a workout buddy. Providing accountability can be as easy as texting a friend to announce your exercise plan for the day and offer a gentle nudge to remind them to get in their daily movement.
Also, sharing your upcoming exercise plans can ensure you follow through, even when you have a busy day. Your workout buddy will see right through excuses and call you out. Don’t have someone to text or call for support? No worries. There are many ways to find support online to help you stay the course.
If you lack support from friends and family, online support can fill those gaps.
MyNetDiary offers online support for weight loss through our Community feature. Community is a safe place to share successes, offer encouragement, share before and after photos, or ask for advice.
To access Community, tap on your dashboard's "Community" tab (see below).
An updated feature available on iOS, Community will be updated on Android and the web app soon.
In addition to the general forum, MyNetDiary offers the ability to create or join groups. Tap on the "Groups" tab, just right of the Home section.
Looking for an expert opinion on nutrition or weight loss? Post your question under the "Ask RD" section.
First, commit to consistently tracking your food and activity to make the most of online weight-loss reinforcements. After being true to yourself, you’ll have tips and tricks to share with others, making it easier to offer thoughtful support.
Do you ever get down on your progress or engage in negative self-talk? Try instead to find ways to talk to yourself as you would a friend. Kind words and forgiveness go a long way. This positivity will help you stay on track and maintain motivation, especially when the scale fails to reflect your hard work.
Finding a way to support yourself through the ups and downs of weight loss is key to long-term success. Still, many folks find they are harder on themselves than their friends when changing habits.
Overall, weight loss is a process, like any journey, that naturally comes with triumphs and challenges. Finding social support for weight loss from co-workers, neighbors, and online connections will increase your chances of success and even raise the fun factor along the way.
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