Weight loss is a team sport

Let me share a secret about weight loss:  it’s not just about the diet, or even fitness for that matter.  So often people approach weight loss with the end goal in mind and they often assume that the journey there is simply a matter of finding the right diet and exercise routine.  Although in a simple sense that is ultimately true, this fails to appreciate the complexities and nuances involved.  For example, humans are hard-wired for pleasure and they seek out rewarding experiences.  If you can understand that basic principle, then it’s no wonder why many of us would prefer to binge on pizza rather than salmon and broccoli, and why a Netflix binge is almost always preferred to a challenging hike or run.  Never mind the consequences, we’re thinking about the here and now–the instant gratification.

If you want to lose weight and keep it off, you’ll have to look at your friends and family. Yep, that’s right.  Weight loss is about having the right support system and often this means you must make severe changes to your social networks.  Take a look at the top 5 people you spend the most time with.  Is it your partner, coworkers, friends or family?  What are their health habits?  Unfortunately, I have enough experience to know that most people trying to lose weight lack what I would consider a basic support system.  Support does not mean that your partner allows you to diet while they remain stuck in their own poor health habits.  Support means they are on their own health journey and are alongside to encourage you when you’re feeling down.

Weight loss is a team sport and shouldn’t be something you tackle on your own.  If you want to lose weight and keep it off, you’ll need the right team and you’ll need tons of practice.  Will you fumble?  Of course, but you will learn and eventually get to the point where you are leading by example.

Who do you need on your team and why?  Get clear about what you need and then get creative about building your support system.  We can help!  If you’re tired of yo-yo dieting and you’re looking for a real lifestyle change, give us a call or visit our website. https://nutritionsolutionsonline.com/

About the Author
Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and Weight Loss Coach specializing in lifestyle transformation