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How Having a Support System Impacts Weight Loss

Posted on Jul 4th 2023


How Having a Support System Impacts Weight Loss

Losing weight can be overwhelming. When it comes to weight loss, there are thousands of voices out there that claim to have the perfect solution. Working through all the advice to find the best option for you, your specific goals, your lifestyle, and your body can be challenging. You may know that it is important to exercise, but what kind of exercise? How often? It is essential to eat well, but what does that look like for you? With so much advice coming at you from the internet, commercials, and social media, it can be hard to sift through what will work for you.

Moreover, losing weight is a journey filled with unexpected twists and turns. If you’ve tried to lose weight on your own in the past, you may have found that you begin with enthusiasm and can lose a few pounds, but your progress slows or even seems to regress. Losing weight can be a discouraging, overwhelming process. The good news is? It doesn’t have to be! With the right support team, you can reach your health goals.

Support Makes All the Difference

Whether you have a virtual or in-person support system (or a combination of the two), having people cheering you on can enormously impact your overall success.

A support system provides emotional stability and improves your ability to manage stress. The American Psychological Association conducted a study on stress in 2015 and found that those with emotional support systems reported less stress than those without. With the right support and encouragement from people who believe in you, you are more likely to be able to manage the highs and lows of your weight loss journey and succeed.

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How to Find the Right Kind of Support

A good support team will provide you with encouragement, different perspectives, new ideas, and overall knowledge of healthy habits. It may be difficult to find all of these qualities in one person, so it is essential to find a network of people who can be there for you and fill a variety of roles for you.

First, find friends and family members who have gone on their own weight loss journey in the past or are on one themselves at the moment. These people know you, care about you and will be there for you during the exciting and discouraging times. They’ll be able to empathize with you and give you some ideas of things to try that may have worked for them. In return, you might be able to provide them with the same encouragement. You can hold each other accountable, celebrate victories, and even exercise and meal plan together. A little positive peer pressure can be a great thing!

Your support team should also include your doctor. Your doctor is the best resource available to you with knowledge about your current health. A doctor can help you set reasonable and reachable goals. They may even be able to provide you with counsel on additional resources available to you, like trustworthy dieticians. Your doctor should also be able to give you specific counsel on how to be safe as you embark on exercise regimes and changes to your diet.

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Feel Supported with Chronic Care of Richmond

When you consult with Chronic Care of Richmond, you benefit from medical support combined with a network of people willing and able to help you lose weight and establish patterns of healthy living that will keep the weight off. In other words, it’s like combining the power of your family and friends with the knowledge of medical staff in one place. (LINK to Benefits of a Weight Management Clinic cluster topic) Your team provides you with personal, individualized attention and expertise to help you cut through the chaos of the many options out there and find a path that works with your specific schedule, needs, wants, and resources. In just 60 days, we can help you lose up to 40 pounds of unwanted weight and give you the tools you need to confidently maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Don’t waste any more time trying out systems or diet plans alone. Contact Chronic Care of Richmond today for a free consultation and gain an entire team of professionals ready to support you on your weight loss journey.

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