Having a reliable and supportive social network during a phase of weight loss can prove to be extremely helpful and beneficial, not only for your results but for your mental well-being.
When I refer to a social network I’m generally referring to a support group, friends or family, or a true digital social network like instagram, facebook, or whatsapp – having a group to fall back on when times get tough will ensure lasting results.
However, there is also a science behind these claims. It has been shown time and time again that having a support system of any kind (typically family) has a huge impact on one’s motivation, commitment, and overall weight-loss results.
At the end of the day, while weight loss is certainly difficult, it’s pretty straightforward in terms of what needs to be done in order to be successful. You exercise, eat clean, create good habits, and eliminate the bad. It’s a broken record at this point! We all know what’s good for us and what’s not so good for us in terms of a healthier lifestyle. That said, just because the process is simple doesn’t mean that it’s easy.
Having a shoulder to cry on when you have feelings of discouragement and low self-esteem will pay dividends in the long-term. Without the support, the dropout rate of someone who is on a weight loss plan is astronomical. Some would say that it simply cannot be done without a support system in place.
So, if you or someone you know is about to embark on a weight loss journey, make sure that there is someone (or a number of people!) that will be there committed to supporting them during those tough times (and happy times too!). No more late night snacks, binge eating, or quitting because of a moment of weakness. The odds of succeeding with a supportive social network will have increased ten fold.
It goes without saying that going through an experience with others, good or bad, makes the journey a heck of a lot more enjoyable. Conversely, doing it alone can create an onslaught of avoidable roadblocks and problems.
The importance of having a social network when losing weight is undeniable. That’s why all RunMoveTone clients have access to our Facebook support group and I set up WhatsApp groups for each of my bootcamp classes so that attendees can support pne another even when not at classes. Contact me today to find out more.