Weight Loss Can Be Easy With A Little Help
When making a big change to our lives, such as weight loss, or trying to get fitter, we don’t always get the support we’d like. Switching from an unhealthy to a healthy diet can be difficult, if our partner, family, or friends aren’t willing to do the same. They may even consciously or subconsciously sabotage your attempts to lose weight, in order to keep the status quo.
Many people find it difficult to motivate themselves to exercise at home — that’s where a group exercise class or Personal Trainer can help. Others are too scared to go an exercise class in the first place, as they have a fear of being the most overweight person in the room.
Going against the crowd is hard — explaining why you’re not eating grains or sugar to others, without trying to defend yourself can be tedious.
Don’t misunderstand me — you can lose weight — and many do successfully.
But there’s an easier way…
Group support — being with other people doing what you are doing at the same time, can alleviate most of these problems. You can compare stories and experiences, exercise together, motivate each other, share recipes and overall have a greater chance of success than doing it alone1.
Recruiting your friends and family to a group not only helps them get healthier alongside you, it increases your own chance of success2. You may feel more comfortable sharing with people you know already — you’re more likely to cheer each other on, and maintain your weight loss long-term.
That being said, good friendships can be made in groups with unfamiliar people, who share personal information and have similar interests and goals. I’ve forged some friends for life this way.
Other methods of group support are to join an online community, or to start a club with friends. You tend to become as overweight as your immediate family and friends (eating together, via peer pressure and even subconsciously mimicking each others behaviours.)3 So by getting them to change their habits, you will all have a greater chance of reaching your goals.
Having others cheering your successes, holding you accountable to your goals, and instilling you with some enthusiasm when yours is waning, can make a difference when making healthy changes both in the short and long-term.
Finding a group that suits your personality, availability and ethos is essential. You won’t stick to a program that you don’t believe in, or even turn up, if you feel uncomfortable sharing private information in the group.
How To Chose Your Weight Loss Support Group
Some weight loss support groups can be large and intimidating. Some focussed heavily on a diet with little emphasis on teaching exercise. Others are just about expending calories with aerobics classes or running (burning sugar that you will crave later). Most don’t focus on health.
An integrated approach encompassing your whole lifestyle can address all of these issues:
- Healthy eating without excessive calorie/macro counting
- Sensible, time efficient exercise recommendations that focus on optimising hormones
- Social support and accountability
- Empathetic, non judgemental support
- Recipe suggestions
- Lifestyle advice to optimise sleep, stress, health and wellbeing
- A small group to enable everyone to be heard
I’ve lost 4 stone and successfully kept it off. I’ve actually lost more body fat than the scale weight shows, as I gained some lean muscle in the process—something I’m proud of.
One of the most successful ways I’ve found to lose weight is by embracing Primal — It’s not a diet, it’s a lifestyle choice.
I also feel a lot healthier— it fixed my crippling period pain and hay fever in the process. I wish I’d had someone to hold my hand through the process and answer all my questions, which is why I decided to become a qualified Primal Health Coach offering private sessions, and small group coaching.
So start your journey today – you don’t need to do it alone. Find a group of people to share the lows and highs, using an integrated approach to improve your fitness, health and outlook on life.
Thanks, Sarah xxx (a.k.a. "Mrs. Fitness")
Nutritional Consultant and Primal Health Coach
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Kubota A, Nagata J, Sugiyama M. Effects of a weight loss program with group participation supported by strengthened social support. Nihon Koshu Eisei Zasshi. 2008 May;55(5):327-40.
 Wing RR, Jeffery RW. Benefits of recruiting participants with friends and increasing social support for weight loss and maintenance. J Consult Clin Psychol. 1999 Feb;67(1):132-8.
 Junge C. How your friends make you fat—the social network of weight. Harvard Health Blog. 2011 May.