If you don’t have a support system for your weight loss journey (or want to recruit more support), below are some places to look:
Hire a personal trainer to show you exercises, provide feedback, encouragement, and accountability. (Top 5 reasons to hire a personal trainer)
Make an appointment with a mental health professional to discuss any thoughts, beliefs, or concerns that may be standing in the way of your weight loss success.
Hire a wellness coach to guide you on your journey and help you set and achieve your goals.
Attend weekly meetings for a weigh-in, group support, education, and discussions.
Follow a 12 step program to overcome compulsive eating. Attend meetings face to face, over the phone, or online.
Join meetings for weight loss support and education.
Start or join a walking club at work.
Call your EAP to see if they provide any weight loss support.
Join a health or fitness challenge sponsored by your company or wellness team.
Bring Weight Watchers meetings to your worksite.
Start or join a Facebook group for people making healthy changes to lose weight.
‘Follow’ people that are trying to lose weight, or tweet about your own journey for others to follow.
Watch video weight loss diaries taped by people on their own weight loss journey.
Join a weight loss forum, chat room, or yahoo group for weight loss support
Be leery of groups that are organized by someone trying to sell a weight loss pill or product.
Join a Meetup group to connect with people in your area that share common interests. Join a group of people who ‘meet up’ to go for walks, hikes, bike rides, etc.
Your local hospital, church, or YMCA might offer classes, lectures, or weight loss programs and support. Search online, in your local newspaper, or make phone calls to find out.
Answer a classified ad or place your own ad for weight loss support: ‘Looking for a walking partner’ or ‘Looking for a weight loss buddy’. You can use online classifieds, printed classifieds, your church bulletin, etc.
Ask your friends, family member, or co-workers who have lost weight how they found weight loss support.
Shows like The Biggest Loser can serve as a support system – you can often relate to the contestants’ successes and struggles, and learn from them.
There are advantages and disadvantages to TV shows such as The Biggest Loser, however they can still serve as support. You can even use these shows as your ‘exercise buddies’, and exercise ‘together’ while you watch the show.
Don’t forget to be your own support during your journey to permanent weight loss. Talk to yourself as you would talk to a best friend going through the same experiences.
Mentally beating yourself up won’t get you anywhere.
Top 5 questions to ask when you’re mentally beating yourself up.
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