Losing weight is hard. Doing it alone is even harder. Did you know that it is much easier to stick with a weight loss plan when you have support? In fact, having support while trying to lose weight can make the difference between success and failure. Research has shown that having friends or family members who are supportive of your healthy eating and exercise goals is important for long-term weight loss success.

Support can come in different ways while you are on your weight loss journey. It can be having a shoulder to lean on when you’re feeling discouraged, someone to watch your children while you exercise, or someone who encourages you to keep going when you really just don’t feel like it. This is where communication is really helpful. Tell your family and friends that you would appreciate their help. Share with them how they can specifically help you.

Unfortunately, it is not uncommon to run into unsupportive people or behaviors along the way. For example, people may feel threatened as you lose weight. They may also feel hurt because you want to stick to your weight loss plan and not eat things they have made or maybe you want to skip eating out with them. The best thing to do in response to these situations is to communicate and remind friends and family that while you are changing your lifestyle, you are not changing the way you feel about them. Offer ways they can help you or share your journey with you.

Where should you look for support on your weight loss journey? Here is a list of ideas to help get you started on the right track for successful weight loss.

  • Local peer support groups
  • Clinic-based groups
  • Online forums
  • Weight loss apps
  • Commercial programs
  • Bariatric surgery support groups
  • Group fitness classes
  • Can’t find a group? Start one!

It is important to find the type of support that works best for you. When you choose to diet and exercise on your own, you are the only one to hold yourself accountable, which makes it easier to ease up on your health journey. Having support makes you more accountable. Knowing you have someone on your side willing to stand by you during the good and bad times will help keep you on track to meeting your health goals.

At Anchorage Bariatrics, we know that one of the most important factors in succeeding with your weight loss is your support network. Having a great support network made up of family, friends, and fellow patients will increase your chance for successful weight loss and especially for keeping it off. Studies show over and over that patients who attend support groups after surgery do better. We do our best to make sure you get the support you need to succeed. We have dedicated support groups for our patients that are also open to the public for anyone to attend. They are always free. For more information, go to https://www.anchoragebariatrics.com/support/.

“I believe that the greatest gift you can give your family and the world is a healthy you.” ~ Joyce Meyer


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