"No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent." ~ John Donne
Have you told anyone that you're trying to lose weight? Are you being private about your weight loss goals or are you sharing this experience with other family members and friends? I'm asking this question to EVERYONE whether you are taking Skinny Fiber or not! Please feel free to comment below or in our weight loss group; read on to learn a bit about what you should do when starting a weight loss plan!
WHY AM I MENTIONING WEIGHT LOSS SUPPORT TODAY?
I KNOW that a lot of people choose not to tell anyone when they are trying to lose weight. Does this include you? Are you one of my online friends that are trying to lose weight on your own? If so, I'm glad you've gotten started and hope that you are doing well so far, but I am also concerned about your long term weight loss goals; especially for those of you that have been at this point may times before? You know "that point"!!! It's when you feel like you "have it under control" and no one needs to know until you have lost the weight. This is especially true for a lot people trying a low carb or trendy diet, as well as those of you taking Skinny Fiber for weight loss and worried about what others will think. Meanwhile, you're feeling super motivated to work towards your weight loss goals; to feel better, look better, get the weight down for a special occasion, etc. So, why not tell other people to become accountable and also provide some support for them, too?
Maybe you feel that you "have it under control" this time ... Yet, you don't want to tell family and friends because the last time you were embarrassed by either THEIR or YOU OWN weight loss failure. Is this true? Are you planning to share information about Skinny Fiber or whatever other weight loss plan you are doing ONCE weight starts coming off?
This is TOTALLY understandable, but I want to explain something important to you!
Statistics /Studies show that people are more successful at losing weight / sticking to their weight loss program when they are part of a support group (social group) or better yet working on weight loss with personal friends / family as part of the group. Here are some study conclusions for your review:
"A low-cost program offering treatment of indefinite duration produced large long-term weight losses and may be suitable for widespread replication." 1
"The main finding in this study was that recruiting participants with a team of three friends and treating them with a strong social support intervention decreased the number of dropouts and markedly increased the percentage of participants who maintained their weight loss in full, over a six-month follow-up period when the social support intervention was still in effect. The social support manipulation was somewhat effective in this study and improved the maintenance of weight loss for both participants recruited alone and those recruited with friends." 2
"The structured commercial weight loss program provided modest weight loss but more than self-help over a 2-year period". 3
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Who do you turn to for weight loss support?MY STORY ...
I used to tell everyone when I started a weight loss plan. My friends were usually supportive, but through the years, I noticed that certain people were not helpful in my plans and progress. Sometimes it was friends bringing homemade goodies or not showing up to work out with me. Sometimes, it felt like family had no consideration of my goals. For example, when my children and I were younger, I noticed that my mother was totally non-responsive to my weight loss needs. She was awesome at judging and commenting at times, but not willing to help with adjustments that I needed. She was great at making the kids different foods at meals, so I know that it was not that she didn't want to cook for each person. In fact, she always cooked a bunch of different things on Sundays, so that she had meals prepared for the week and sent some home us, too. Yet, she rarely made meals or additions to the menu that would benefit my low carb / low fat needs and always had a lot of processed junk in the kitchen, too. It felt discouraging and it really hurt me, especially when my very young cousin was like 50 pounds at 2 years old and she did not adjust that child's meals to not contribute to her obesity. Now that I look back, I think that my mother just wanted us to eat the comfort meals as normal because it made her feel happy and what was characteristic in our family over the years. Still, I learned to say no to coming over for family meals when I was working hard to lose weight.
Later in life, especially after having our baby, I went through this again with my husband and have learned NOT to tell my husband when I am purposely avoiding certain foods. It seems like he loads the kitchen with even more sweets and carbs than normal when he knows that I am avoiding them; like a subconscious sabotage that really irks me. I used to take over the shopping loading us with tons of fruits and vegetables, but it was making the kids miserable. I eventually learned not mention my weight loss plans to him and work my meals around theirs. It is not easy, but Skinny Fiber and my external weight loss support system helped.
So, I got in the habit of not turning to certain people when I was trying to lose weight ... Even though I thought that I could handle it on my own, it ended up each time that the lack of support wore my weight loss success. This is how I ended up surrounding myself with people that were having the same experiences or sharing with others struggling in their weight loss issues, so that we all could support one another.
I am sharing my experience in case you can relate.
It's not that friends and loved ones don't want you to lose weight, but that they are used to eating and doing certain things with you that they do not want to stop ... WHATEVER THE REASON ... If you have people that are close to you and don't tell them about your weight loss plans because they are no help, you have to find some type of support because your weight loss success is less realistic if you do not have listening ears during challenging times and also encouragement to you.
WHO DO YOU TURN TO FOR WEIGHT LOSS SUPPORT?Maybe you have personal friends that can join you in weight loss and / or provide motivation for you. If so, that's awesome and I encourage you to meet for exercise, meal planning and share with one another what has been working or not. On the other hand, I know that some of you have already been there and were unsuccessful with a friend as your weight loss buddy --- that is why you are trying to lose weight again, therefore I am suggesting different weight loss support.
It doesn't matter whether you are just getting started, have been doing good for a while or at the breaking point! Weight loss support is important and social support is especially helpful for maintaining your momentum, taking weight off, obtaining valuable resources, ideas and long term weight loss goals (keeping the weight off)! Weight Loss Support is not only important for your personal motivation, accountability and results, but also beneficial to others in the group for who you share information with, too.
Statistic show that you will do better with weight loss if you do it as part of a group and / or have personalized support. It is your back up for when you feel like expressing the challenges or not (sometimes it's just as simple as seeing success stories and struggles; reading along whether you mention anything at all). The information shared by the members will remind you of the foods, health tips, logical and emotional factors to deal with daily and teach you how so many others are accomplishing weight loss goals. If everyone participates, then the group will benefit even more for weight loss support.
You should find local weight loss groups and participate according to their schedules. Whether it be a weight in and guidance group, exercise meet up or something similar, it will be worth it. I also invite you to join our online weight loss group and become active in it over time ...
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Our online weight loss support group is just a group of strangers who have come together as friends in a group where there are Recipes, Food and Health Tips, DIYs, Motivations and Stories from people just like you. No one will hunt you down ... You are warmly accepted and appreciated while there!
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Don't want to join a weight loss group right now?
We would love to have you join us right now, but will also be there if you want to join later when you feel like getting "back in the saddle again". I want you to remember this blog post. In fact, save it to your Favorites / Bookmarks, so that you can refer back to it and join us for weight loss support! Share the link with friends and family to join you, too!
Here's To Your Weight Loss Success!!!
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1 International Journal of Obesity (2000) 24, 893-898
2 J Consult Clin Psychol 1999 Feb; 67 (1): 132-138. PubMed ID: 10028217
3 JAMA. 2003;289(14):1792-1798. doi:10.1001/jama.289.14.1792.