Social support: the missing element in your quest for fat loss

By | June 8, 2009

Having spoken to members at my gym and students in my classes, I found out that many continue to struggle with losing body fat. Besides exercise and nutrition, there is something else missing. Social support. Some people just can’t do it alone.

Social support can come from friends, family, trainers, coaches, support groups and so forth. Research has proven that social support does help you to transform your body.

Your circle of friends, ie people, can make or break your fat loss efforts. Obesity is socially contagious. It can be difficult when you are surrounded by negativity and peer pressure from family and friends.

“Eat (chocolate fudge muffin) first, worry later”
“Join us for a drink, there’s always time for gym tomorrow”
“Is that all you’re eating?”

Sounds familiar?

One study found that family members were considered both the MOST helpful and LEAST helpful by study participants!

The good news is good health and fitness habits are socially contagious, too. They can spread socially by being around the RIGHT people. What if you aren’t getting support from family, partner or friends? Look for new sources of support such as reputable online  fat loss support groups. When you need positive reinforcement, you can turn to online communities of like minded people who share similar health and fitness goals. You’ll also get advice and support from mentors and members who have transformed their bodies. What you don’t get is more negativity!

It was the realisation of the missing element of social support that prompted Tom Venuto, author of Burn the Fat, Feed the Muscle, to create Burn The Fat Inner circle, an online support community. It brings together himself, other expert mentors and a huge international like minded group of peers with a common goal into one tightly knit internet community.

Here’s what one of the members of Burn The Fat Inner Circle online fat loss support community recently posted after just three days inside the inner circle:

“That is what makes these communities so great! Here we can share our story with so many like-minded folks from all over the world. I don’t know about you, but in my work, neighborhood, and other places I go, I’m alone in my fat burning.

One cannot do this alone, it takes a lot of support. I have that from friends and family, but they have not been there nor done it. They can support me but they cannot sympathize. Here, people can. THAT is what will make this community.”
- Rob, burned 100 lbs of fat

If you can’t find support offline, why not try joining an online fat loss support community like Burn The Fat Inner Circle. The wonders of internet have made it easy and convenient to connect with people worldwide from the comfort of your home.

Remember, you don’t need to do it alone. Check out Burn The Fat Inner Circle for powerful support from experts (including Tom Venuto), mentors and peers.

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