The Importance of Support for Weight Loss
At Valley Medical, we pride ourselves on being a major source of support during your weight loss journey. We’re not just here to provide you with the tools you need to succeed, we’re here to provide you with the emotional and personal support that’s so important when losing weight.
We know that we can’t be there for you at all hours of the day though – like at 9 PM when you’re really craving chocolate or a bag of potato chips – so we wanted to discuss the importance of partner support.
Weight Loss with a Partner
Romantic partners can be a great source of support in meeting your weight loss goals, especially if they have the same ones. Research shows that individuals who coordinate weight loss efforts with a partner are more successful than those who go at it alone because there’s more accountability and they feel more supported in their efforts.
And this doesn’t just apply to romantic partners. The same benefit is seen in platonic partnerships too — with friends or family members.
However, the key thing that you have to do in order to be successful is communicate. Couples and partners who communicate well are more successful meeting their weight loss goals than those who don’t. If the other person doesn’t know your goals, they can’t help you achieve them!
Weight Loss and Online Support
If there isn’t anyone in your life with the same weight loss goals as you, don’t worry. In today’s day and age, you literally have the world at your fingertips. All it takes is a few keystrokes and you’re connected.
While this can have its drawbacks, it has many positives; one of which is more success. Research shows that online social support through social media may also help you lose more weight.
The study focused on people who participated in a weight loss program for at least six months and who posted about their weight loss progress to an online social community at least twice during the study period. Researchers found that people who had no friends in the online social community experienced an average decrease of 4.1 percent of their body weight, while participants who were connected with two to nine friends in the online community saw an average decrease of 5.2 percent of their body weight. To up the ante, those with larger social connections – more than nine friends – lost an average of 6.8 percent to 8.3 percent of their body weight.
Involve Your Social Networks
So what does this mean for you? Well, you know that in-person support and intervention programs help you lose weight – and that’s what we do here – but you can maximize your results by involving your social networks.
On Facebook, you can create a private group and invite friends who are trying to lose weight and/or live a healthier lifestyle. Invite them to invite their friends so that the group can grow. Encourage people to share their healthy recipes and post about their success. Share words of encouragement and motivate each other.
On Instagram, you can post pictures of your meals and motivational/inspiring quotes. There is a LARGE community of health conscious people on Instagram who are always open and willing to give support. If you don’t feel comfortable sharing your personal journey, use an alias. You can make a separate account and post only about your weight loss journey.
With the advent of social media, you are able to reach such a larger audience than you would have been able to before. Your family and friends may want to help, but it can be difficult for them (and for you) if you aren’t on the same journey or if you don’t share the same goals. If the people who are closest to you aren’t providing the support you need, there are SO many other people out there who have the same goals as you. You just have to find them!
By Lindsay Boyers
February 14, 2019