How a support system can help weight loss
One of the key elements for successful weight loss is a support system. Support is very helpful in weight loss. If you have the support of your loved ones you find it easier to stay committed to your weight loss plan. You can share your exercise tips, diet tips and even have an exercise buddy, if you have support. Support can make your weight loss attempts successful. Let us suppose that you are following a weight loss plan and your family members and friends are not supporting you, obviously you feel disappointed in that situation. On the other hand, if your spouse, children, other family members, and friends are supporting your weight loss efforts, in that situation you feel more encouraged and it boosts your efforts. This support definitely helps you to make your weight loss journey easier and fruitful.
This support can be:
Emotional support: Someone to encourage you when you are feeling disappointed or not getting the expected results of your efforts.
Practical support: Someone who helps you manage time for exercise. You may need someone to watch your kids or help in other works while you exercise.
Inspirational support: A person who inspires you and who has lost weight successfully. That person can give you tips. An exercise partner who encourages you to exercise and walk instead of watching your favorite TV shows.
Social support is directly linked to a successful weight loss plan. It builds new friends and increases your success in reaching your weight loss goals. Research says that having friends or family members who support your exercise and healthy eating, are most helpful for a successful long-term weight loss. You should tell your friends and family that you need their help and how they can help you in your weight loss plan. You can join a weight loss group and also ask your co-workers, friends and family members to join your weight loss program. By doing this, you can build your own support group. The study says that people who joined a weight loss plan with their friends or family, did a better job and got success in weight loss.
Here are some tips to create and maintain your support group:
Partner: Find a partner who can walk and exercise with you and who can cook or plan a healthy meal for you. This partner can be your spouse, friend or colleague.
Join: The best way to build your network is join community organizations, family get-togethers, take part in neighborhood events and local exercise classes.
Determine who suits for what role: Learn whose support you need and in what manner, like who is the best for practical, emotional or inspirational support. This will help you to choose the best person for support.
The importance of give and take: When someone is supporting you in your plan, you should appreciate them for their support. You can return the favor by helping others in their fitness goals.
Stay in touch: Keep your social network up and alive. Don’t skip any phone calls, texts, emails and answer all of those even if you are feeling down.