Success at any major endeavor is easier when you have a supportive social system. And make no mistake: losing a significant amount of weight and keeping it off long-term is a major endeavor. As an example of a supportive social system, consider childhood education. A network of actors play supportive roles. Parents provide transportation, school supplies, a home study area, help with homework, etc. Siblings leave the child alone so he can do his homework, and older ones set an example. Neighbors may participate in carpooling. Taxpayers provide money for public schools. Teachers do their part. The school board oversees the curriculum, supervises teachers, and does long-range planning. Success is more likely when all the actors work together for their common goal: education of the child. Similarly, your starring role in a weight-loss program may win an Academy Award if you have a strong cast of supporting actors. Your mate, friends, co-workers, and relatives may be helpers or hindrances. It will help if they:
give you encouragement instead of criticism
donít tempt you with taboo foods
show respect for your commitment and willpower
give you time to exercise
go an a diet or exercise with you, if they are overweight or need exercise
understand why there are no longer certain foods in the house
appreciate the nutritious, sensible foods that are now in the house
forgive and understand when you occasionally backslide
gently remind you of your commitment when needed
reward you with compliments as you make progress
donít compare your physique unfavorably with supermodels or surgically-sculpted bodies
donít get jealous when you lose weight and are more attractive and energetic.
Your social support system can make or break your commitment and willpower. Ask them to help you.
All matters regarding your health require supervision by a personal physician or other appropriate health professional familiar with your current health status. Always consult your personal physician before making any dietary or exercise changes.