Do your friends and family support you in your new weight loss and healthy lifestyle decisions? A strong support group can be the difference between success and failure in the weight loss game! From my own personal experience, my support group has made all the difference, especially when I wanted to give up!
When you are forming your support group make sure that you have the following types of roles in your group: emotional support and practical. Don't be afraid of taking advantage of your support either, after all that why they are there in the first place!
Start building your support group
If you don't already have a support group, then start with those closest to you like your friends and family. Also you can use the opportunity to spend a bit of time with them.
You can use your friends in the emotional position by venting to them when you are feeling frustrated. And you can use your loved ones for more practical purposes by doing some exercise with their support by you.
Expect un-supportive behaviours
It is only natural for some people to feel threatened by your change in lifestyle; I suppose some people don't like change! When you make the decision to change your lifestyle and lose some weight you might have to make some sacrifices along the way like skipping drinks after work with friends to go to the gym instead.
And guess what a lot of your friends aren't going to like that! Just let them know that even though you are making a couple of changes, your feelings for them haven't changed!
A few extra tips
1. Stay in the loop. When we mess up on our weight loss goals it is only natural to feel a little embarrassed, especially when you are accountable to someone else! But don't be shy, that is exactly why you have a support group, they are there help you through the tough times!
2. Learn your 'teammates' positions. If someone in your support group is going through a tough time, maybe switch their position to practical instead of emotional by exercising with them instead of venting to them. Learn who is best in what role and who is interchangeable!
3. Return the favour. A support group is all about give and take! Make you are giving back to the group as much as you are taking.
4. Partner up. Find someone in your group who you can actively share stories and weight loss goals with!
5. Expand. Expand you support group as much as possible by attend as many networking events as possible, active family gatherings, local exercise classes and community events!
Making lifestyle changes and losing a bit of weight can be a real challenge! That is why forming a support group is so vital to weight loss success; find those who lift you up, and those who try bring you down, move on. Just remember to be a team player and to support those around you!
Justin has been a part of the weight loss industry for a number of years, first as a consumer and now as a teacher. In his own words he says, “I used to be overweight until people started making rude comments and that is when decided that enough is enough, and lost the weight for good!” He has been at his goal weight for the last 10 years and has never looked back!