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Make Weight Loss A Reality, Step 3, Social Support

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Don’t try to lose weight all by yourself. You need social support to reach your fat loss and weight loss goals. Some need more support than others.

If you have no real experience with an exercise and nutrition program, you will probably need professional guidance to get you set on the right path. Believe it or not, there are some people who have never really exercised regularly or eaten healthy. There are others who need personal trainers to help them refocus their fitness efforts. Wherever you may be on the fitness and health ladder to success, you need some type of social support.

You must be positive to accomplish goals in life. Weight loss and fat loss may be one of the biggest obstacles in your life. If that’s the case, you must maintain a positive attitude and surround yourself with positive people. Those who will cheer you on and give you constructive criticism will qualify as positive supporters.

Research has proven that you are more likely to succeed with your weight loss and fat loss goals if you have a weight loss buddy (social support or accountability partner). Who are your weight loss buddies? It helps to have more than one because life's events are unpredictable. Ideal weight loss buddies are those who are serious about fitness and have made commitments similar to your own. You hold each other accountable.

You may have no idea why your workout program is not succeeding. Get a personal trainer to help you succeed. Don’t underestimate the value of the expert guidance and feedback that a personal trainer can provide. Personal trainers are the main source of social support for many people.

The trainer can also tailor the program to your individual needs. Two people following the same program can get different results. A trainer will take your “body type” into account when designing a fitness program.

Here are some other top sources of social support:

1. Spouse
2. Friend
3. Brother/Sister
4. Exercise group (boot camps, group classes, neighborhood groups, running groups)
5. Teammate
6. Co-worker
7. Social website like Buddyslim

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