When you work with a weight loss doctor, you’re actually a part of a team of professionals (including a nutritionist and a behavioral expert like a psychologist) who want to help you achieve your healthy weight loss goals. Here, we will discuss why losing weight with a weight loss team is beneficial to you.
Weight loss Team: The Best Way to Lose Weight
Why? Weight loss is difficult for everyone. Just like with any other challenge—such as running a marathon or dealing with an unexpected life change—having a group of people supporting you is a big help.
If you don’t have a support team, it’s OK! You can build your own. Studies show having close friends and family “in your corner” to hold you accountable for your weight loss goals (and help you make choices that support those goals) makes you far more likely to be successful.
Building Your Weight Loss Team
Here are some strategies we suggest for building your weight loss team:
- Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Be as specific as you can when sharing what you need from your team members, and why.
- Express gratitude each time your team members extend help and show support. It doesn’t have to be a grand gesture every time. Just letting people know they are appreciated makes a big difference— not to mention it keeps them engaged as a member of your team.
- Different people have different strengths. When building your team, try and find someone who has a knack for offering support in several areas[If you’re not sure who would be best at providing some of these supports, it never hurts to ask. You want people to feel comfortable and energized by their role on your team.] Look for the following strengths in your team members’ areas of support:
- Emotional: A natural encourager
- Practical: Someone to help “share the load” so you can meet your goals, like watching the kids while you exercise.
- Inspiring: Someone who can always motivate you, even when no one else seems to.
- Professional/Clinical: It never hurts to see a therapist/psychologist/psychiatrist, as many health issues have a psychological component.
- Spiritual: Spiritual support from a priest, rabbi, or other mentor helps us keep the faith when things get tough.
- There will be some resistance from loved ones along the way (often unintentional). Since healthy weight loss requires significant life change for many of us, make sure you offer ways for people to stay connected with you if you can’t eat out as much, have to avoid a famous family dish, etc.
- Consider joining (or starting) a weight loss support group. Sharing similar goals with others is a powerful motivator to stay on track.
- If starting a group is overwhelming, start with a buddy. Focus on finding one other person who wants to exercise and eat healthy with you— it will make a big difference for both of you.
- Keep in touch. Whenever possible, resist the temptation to isolate. That email, phone call or text could make all the difference when you’re having a tough day.
- Offer to help others achieve their health and wellness goals.
- Get involved in fun outdoor activities, fitness classes, etc. in your community. [Most community centers offer classes at free or affordable rates.]
Losing weight may be hard, but it’s not impossible. Just remember three little words when trying to meet your health and wellness goals: you’re not alone! [MORE RESOURCES]