• Daniel K, MSpCoach

The Importance of Your Social Network When Losing Weight

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.

The definition of a social network can hold several meanings. Whether it’s a support group, friends or family, or a true digital social network like Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter, having a group to fall back on when times get tough will ensure lasting results.

Across a range of studies, 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 to be successful. You exercise often, predominately eat well, and create good habits while reducing the bad. It’s a broken record at this point! We all know what’s good and what’s not so good for us in terms of embracing a healthier lifestyle.

However, just because the process is simple, that doesn’t mean it’s easy.

Having a shoulder to cry on when you have feelings of discouragement and low self-esteem, or having a listening ear to celebrate your wins will pay dividends in the long-term. Without 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 some form of a support system in place.

So, if you or someone you know is about to embark on a weight loss journey, or you’re currently undertaking one, make sure that there is someone (or a group of people!) committed to supporting them during both the tough and the happy times. Having a social network you can rely on, can often allow you to make more meaningful decisions in regards to your nutrition, exercise and no longer quitting because of a moment of weakness. The odds of succeeding with a supportive social network are increased tenfold.

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 trying to lose weight, or make any other positive lifestyle change, is undeniable. Find the people that will accept you as you are, but will also encourage you to work towards being the best version of yourself.

Whether it’s regular training sessions, massage appointments, or via the monthly newsletter; if you’ve been looking for a someone that will be in your corner and support you on your journey, reach out today.


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