Everyone needs a weight loss transformation support partner. Don’t try to do weight loss alone! Going it alone will hurt your chances to achieve permanent weight loss. Why? Because permanent weight loss takes a short-term and long-term commitment from you….commitments are hard to keep all by yourself.
Be sure and read the first 6 articles in this series, “7 Weight Loss Lies Keeping You Fat.”
Article 1: The Weight Loss Diet Lie That Keeps You Fat
Article 6: The Growth Hormone Lies That Keeps You Fat
Research has proven that you are more likely to succeed with your weight loss and fat loss goals if you have a weight loss support partner (social support or accountability partner). Who are your weight loss buddies? It helps to have more than one because life’s events are unpredictable.
3 Reasons Why A Weight Loss Buddy Helps You Succeed:
A little healthy weight loss competition never hurts a cause. Don’t forget, you must have significant fat loss for weight loss to be healthy and lasting. This requires you to lose weight the right way—no fad dieting or quick weight loss gimmicks.
Its important to keep in mind that you are trying to change your lifestyle to one of health and fitness. The weight loss is just one tool to help you get it done. You have to be committed for a lifetime—through the ups, downs, successes and failures.
All other things being equal, people will generally live up or down to expectations. Just make sure your expectations are realistic or you will be set up to fail.
For instance, if you need to lose 100 pounds, how will you get that accomplished? Some things you may need to consider:
a. Have you really ever exercised for an extended period of time? If you have no experience to draw from, you will need to take baby steps, like starting with walking.
b. How long have you been inactive? If its been awhile since you exercised, you won’t be able to do an intense circuit training workout right away.
c. How quickly do you want to lose 100 pounds? Although you may lose pounds quickly at the beginning of your exercise program (like 10 pounds the first week), it will be tougher to burn fat and lose weight in the weeks and months ahead. For example, losing 2 pounds and burning .5% body fat will be good progress during many weeks. So, it may take a year or longer to lose 100 pounds the right way.
d. You may have health problems that slow your progress. If you have diabetes or high blood pressure, you will need your doctor’s clearance before beginning an exercise program. You will have to start out slower than someone who is more healthy. The good news is that these two conditions can be reversed with exercise and healthy, managed nutrition.
Having social support is critical for long-term weight loss success.
Maintaining weight loss is much tougher than just losing 20 pounds in a month or two.
Here are 4 forms of good social support:
a. Getting support from a spouse, friend, workout buddy or personal trainer are proven to work again and again. Use them.
b. Fitness bootcamps have become popular as a form of group exercise. My question to anyone thinking about participating in a bootcamp is this: What are your fitness goals? Your answer will tell me whether a bootcamp will have long-term benefit for you. What’s your plan to continue exercising and eating right after the bootcamp?
If your bootcamp experience isn’t part of a permanent commitment to a fit and healthy lifestyle, then you are not going to get the permanent fitness results you want, a lean and toned body. Permanent fitness results take longer than any 1 or 2 week bootcamp. The bootcamp will just be a quick fix for you. That sounds harsh but I see the quick fix scenario too much out there.
c. Online social networks are also an option and enables you to seek help for your particular weight gain situation.
d. Social weight loss contests can also succeed for 2 reasons:
Accountability – As stated above.
Support – Its a long, never-ending road to burning fat, losing weight, changing your body and maintaining weight. Support from someone going through the same thing is very important.
Also, inform family members and friends early on what your body-changing intentions are. The more support, the better. On the opposite end, avoid people who will have a negative attitude about your weight loss intentions. There are many would-be haters out there to help you fail.
Do you want to:
Eat Better to be Healthier, Burn More Fat and Lose Permanent Weight?
Have Your BEST Looking Body Naked or in Smaller-Sized Clothes?
Feel Better than You have Felt in Months or Years?
Have the Energy to Accomplish Your Daily Goals?