Finding Weight Loss Support Online
When you are getting started with a new weight loss program, finding the right support network can make a really big difference. Your support network should be filled with people who have similar goals, who understand the complexities of the weight loss process and where you may experience the most trouble, and who can offer both support and in the moment advice when you need them most. This can be a lot for a friend to live up to. After all, a friend who is going through a weight loss program with you can relate to you well, but may not have the time or energy to provide you with endless support as they are going through so many of the same challenges.
In addition to creating a support network out of your existing friends and family members, it may be beneficial to start exploring the ways in which an online support group can be helpful to your weight loss goals.
Thanks to social media, finding an online support group has never been easier. Here are a few suggestions to help you get started:
- Facebook: Facebook groups are designed for exactly this purpose—to bring together people from all over the world in similar circumstances and with similar goals. You can join a weight loss support group on Facebook and instantly connect with thousands of others who can be there for you at any time of the day or night. After all, Facebook never sleeps!
- Meetup: While Facebook is great for getting connected with people all over the world, sites like Meetup can help you make partnerships with people who are local to you and have similar interests. Once you join a Meetup you can go and actually meet the people in that group, and then begin to form bonds from there.
- Sponsored Support Groups: There are plenty of weight loss apps and websites that have memberships, some being free, others fee based, that are designed to bring together people who are trying to lose weight. Some of these are connected to pedometers and work out apps so that you can cheer on your new digital friends in real time.
Finding a strong support network can be incredibly helpful as you are trying to lose weight, especially as you start something as huge as a weight loss surgery program. Talk with your weight loss surgeon to learn more about local support groups that may be available for you.