You want to lose 15 pounds? Maybe you want to lose 50 or more? Most of us think about weight loss in terms of diet. "What diet are you on," ask your friends. Maybe you ask this question yourself.
The reality is no matter what diet you are on, you are going to need some outside assistance. The odds are that you are not getting the support you need with your existing friends and family. You can benefit greatly from people who either share your goal and focus, or whose role it is to do so.
Weight Loss Groups Are Valuable Because Of The Shared Focus
A weight loss group can be very helpful in your quest to lose weight. You can pay each week to attend a Weight Watchers meeting. If you don't mind the stigma of stepping into a curtained storefront in the mall or braving a group of strangers, this can be very helpful.
Online weight loss support is another option. Various weight loss sites and online forums offer different size groups that have the benefit of being anonymous and free. You might need to do some work to make sure you have an active group that gels nicely, but having a group of online, anonymous peers available at your keyboard 24/7 can be a nice thing.
Weight Loss Coaches Are Valuable As Well
With something as important as successfully losing weight and keeping it off, you are going to need to employ every strategy that works for you. To get fit, many of us hire personal trainers. We have access to gyms, but the reality is that a personal trainer can hold you accountable and really push you.
A weight loss coach is no different. They are there to motivate, inspire and inform. And when need, they also hold you accountable and support you. Weight Watchers meetings are led by people who have successfully lost weight. It will cost $15 a session or so (less if you buy a package), but it is worth it if you consider it costs $75 sometimes for a good trainer.
Another thing to consider is subscribing to various weight loss coaching newsletter. What many people find even more valuable is some sort of 'daily tip' email. This is usually a practical tip or strategy delivered daily to your inbox . Depending on the source of the tip, it may focus on weight loss, fitness, motivation or psychological concepts pertinent to the weight loss journey.
It is important to note that successful weight loss does not just teach you to eat less and exercise more. We all know that.
People who really make the transition into a new and different set of habits work to change their thought processes and assumptions. It takes some work and sometimes just an open mind.
No matter what approach you take, know that weight loss is possible. The hardest part is sometimes just getting started. Once you know you can do it, it becomes addictive. Not easy, but addictive in a good way.