There's a famous quote by the poet John Donne, which goes something like "no man is an island, entire of itself." He was probably referring to loneliness, but the sentiment also rings true when it comes to our health and fitness goals. Put simply, the more support you get on your weight loss journey, the more likely you'll be to succeed.
While it's certainly possible to take the lone wolf approach and get in shape all by yourself, it's a long and difficult path fraught with doubt, distraction and mediocre results. But if you have the right support network in place, it becomes almost inevitable that you'll hit your goals and start working towards new and better benchmarks.
To break it down for you, there are 3 specific types of weight loss support you'll need. Each one will help you with different challenges you'll face on your journey, but when combined, you're virtually guaranteed success:
1. Emotional Support
Whether you're looking for a shoulder to cry on, someone to help you vent your frustrations, or a companion to celebrate your results with, the importance of having emotional support throughout your weight loss journey can't be overstated. The obvious people to reach out to here are family and friends, but some of us feel more comfortable being open with strangers. It will depend entirely on your own personality, so figure out what works for you.
Getting in shape has its ups and downs, and there'll inevitably come a time when you'll want to duck out of a workout or give up on your diet. The antidote to this is accountability — having someone to crack the whip when motivation is low. Finding accountability can be tricky, because the people closest to you are often reluctant to get on your case for fear of upsetting you. For this reason, you might want to opt for a personal trainer or gym buddy who shares similar goals.
3. Practical Help
The last type of weight loss support you need is help with the practicalities of implementing your programme. None of us start out as fitness experts, so you'll probably need assistance when it comes to learning about nutrition and exercise, preparing meals, navigating the gym and working out. Personal trainers, gym buddies and friends who keep fit are all great sources of practical help. Just remember — they can't do the work for you!
On a final note, a good personal trainer should be able to cover all three of these bases. We're uniquely qualified to listen to your fears and aspirations, impart knowledge, and give you a kick in the butt when needed. Of course, it's a good idea to have diversity in your network, so you should share your goals with family, friends, and anyone else you think will be supportive. But when it comes time to take action, there's no one better than a personal trainer to push you on.
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