5 Ways to Find Weight Loss Support

  • Possible Pat
  • January 22, 2018

Do you need help finding support while you are trying to lose weight? Feel like you are doing it alone?

You are not alone.

If you’ve been following me for awhile and reading my blogs, then you know I talk a lot about support. I talk about how support is important and crucial to your weight loss, and how I struggled with gaining support from others.

I’ve read the emails that I have gotten and have listened to your stories. I read the messages I get on social media, and I know this is something that so many people still struggle with and often, it is as big of a struggle as losing the weight.

“My co-workers are making fun of me because I am trying to lose weight… again.”

“I haven’t told my family that I am trying to lose weight because I don’t want them to criticize me.”

“How do I tell my wife I don’t want to eat the dinner she made because it isn’t healthy for me? I don’t want to hurt her feelings.”

“My friends aren’t taking me seriously and keep bringing me pizza and cookies. They think they’re being funny.”

“My husband told me I’m not fun anymore. Maybe trying to lose the weight isn’t worth it.”

“My family already makes fun of me for being fat, and they don’t think I’ll ever lose the weight. I don’t know how to tell them how I really feel. They’ll just make fun of me for it.”

These are just some of the comments that I have seen, and if you’ve been there if you’ve felt like this, you are not alone. Even when you think that you are, you’re not. There are ways for you to get support still.

If you need someone to support you, reach out to me. I want to be that support system for you because I have been there. Follow me on Instagram and join my Facebook page where you can lean on others who are going through the same struggles and journey that you are. You can lean on me and my community to be there when times are tough, be there for advice and rally around you.

I also understand that sometimes, we need more support than an IG or Facebook page. So here are additional ways that you can get support, both from the people who are already in your lives and from people you don’t even know yet.

Top 5 Ways to Gain Weight Loss Support

Communication

This is one of those pieces of advice that are easier to give than to do, but communicating sincerely with your friends and family is very important. It is so much easier to be successful when those we love are on our side.

The reason this is difficult is that you have to be honest and vulnerable. You have to tell those around you what your goals are and that you need them. You need to be honest and let them know how you feel and that the comments they make or actions they take, no matter their intent, affect you.

You also need to tell them what you need from them. Make them a part of your journey to, have them hold you accountable, and cheer you on. 

Meetups

If you live in a large city, then chances are there are groups that you can meet up with that are made up of people just like you. Look for a local Facebook group that gets together or activities your city offers. Your city may have local groups that meet up with the goal of providing support and being there for one another. Meetup.com and Facebook are great resources for finding a local support group. This is a great option if you are on a budget and most of the time these groups are free and put together by people just like you.

If there isn’t a group in your area, then think about starting a group. I guarantee that you are not the only one in your area struggling with weight loss.

Professional Support

Another great option is to join a weight loss group that is headed by a professional. Just like with the meetups, there are groups that get together, but instead of being put together by people within your community, they are put together through an organization and usually have a fee to join. These groups are more likely to be headed by a professional who can help you with your journey.

You may also want to consider reaching out to a therapist, someone you can talk to. For most of us, we have an unhealthy relationship with food, and it is important to understand what that relationship is and why it is the way it is.

For many of us, we turn to food because it is comforting and safe. For some, was a way that we could protect ourselves from others, whether it was a conscious effort or not. There are many reasons why we eat what we eat and how much we eat. We are not just eating for survival, and in many cases, we are choosing food over health and life. Getting support from a professional can help you understand yourself more, and when you understand what your relationship with the food you eat is and why it is like that, the better equip you are to battle it and overcome it.

Join a Fitness Class

Most gyms have group classes where you workout and exercise with others. This can be a great place to get support as it will introduce you to others who are working on their own goals. This will make it easier to find a workout buddy and feel like you are part of a group.

I know it can be intimidating to start a new group with new people, but you will find that most groups are very welcoming and very supportive. Try finding a class or group that works with your skill level and choose something that you think will be fun. Talk to your gym to find out what the best options may be for you, what they offer, and the skill levels needed. A finding a dance/fitness class is a great place to start.

Often people in fitness groups will form a bond and there will be a sense of comradery after you get to know one another because these are people you will see on a weekly basis, each dealing with a struggle of their own.

Online Support

Getting support from online groups and individuals, such as myself, is another great way of gathering support.

When I talk about finding online support, I don’t just mean watching videos and looking at inspirational photos, but I mean reaching out and talking to others. Find an online forum with others who are on the same journey that you are, a place where you can discuss your frustrations and concerns. Not only will you find support online, but you will also end up being the support that someone else is searching for and needs to be successful.

You can also sign up for a Custom Meal Plan and get the structured support of nutritionist, someone who is there to answer any questions or doubts that you may have. When you sign up for a meal plan, you are introduced to an entire community of people who are also on meals plans for the same reasons that you are.

About Possible Pat

Hi, I'm Pasquale Brocco and I've lost A LOT of weight. When I started my journey to lose weight, I weighed 605 pounds. After visiting the doctor, I realized I had to make a change. I started with a simple plan and within 60 days, I lost 100 lbs. So far, I've lost over 307 pounds. Now, I'm sharing a simple message with you, "Anything is possible." If you can put on the weight, you can lose the weight.

Comments

Cristal

Thanks for that post. It is so lonely being fat and trying to lose weight is even lonelier. People are surprisingly unsupportive . Thanks for sharing your journey and struggle. It has changed the way I think.

Aaron

Great blog Pat. I only started following last week on advice from a friend of mine. Support is definitely a tough spot for me and I hope to at least sign up for the custom meal plan in a couple weeks after I save up the extra money.

Thank you for all you do.

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