Getting Support for Long-Term Weight Loss Success

by Marsha Hudnall MS, RDN, CD

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Weight loss support at home comes from family and friends Do you make the same New Year’s resolutions over and over again?
Do you vow to get healthy again and again only to lose motivation?

We all have moments of motivation–a few days or weeks of healthy eating and exercise and we’re feeling great. But for many people, the trouble is sustaining it over the long term. Often, life gets in the way. You get busy with work or family obligations and your priorities shift. When you’re trying to make healthy changes in your lifestyle, the importance of social support can’t be underestimated. You can’t rely on willpower alone.


Weight Loss Success Tips: What Does the Science Tell Us?

In fact, a recent study conducted by Stanford University researchers found that even minimal social support, such as a monthly phone call reminding people to exercise, was enough to sustain their fitness efforts over many months. If you’re ready to jump-start your fitness, set yourself up for success by making arrangements for support and friendly exercise reminders. “Small amounts of social support, ranging from friends who encourage each other by email to occasional meetings with a fitness counselor, can produce large and lasting gains,” reported the Wall Street Journal. Even for people who prefer to exercise alone, the occasional group-counseling session quadrupled the amount of exercise among the study’s participants.


Three ways to improve your chances of long term weight loss success:

  • Get a friend to call or email you once a month to get an update on your fitness program.
  • Set up an occasional meeting with a fitness counselor to review your progress.
  • Make fitness a team sport by joining an exercise group or class that will support your efforts and hold you accountable.

As an alumni of Green Mountain, you have our entire community at your disposal. Whether it’s the Real-Time Support Chat feature on our site, talking to us on Facebook or Twitter, or an email from our fitness team to get you motivated, we’re here for you long after you leave Vermont!