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Losing Weight

One Key To Losing Weight Is Transforming Your Knowledge Into Repeatable Action

If you are like most people, you know how to lose weight, get fit and improve your health. You know what to do, but most likely are having a hard time following through. As a country we buy billions of dollars worth of advice each year to tell us how to lose weight- yet the stats tell us we are getting heavier each year. The problem is that we focus on knowing things, rather than acquiring "know how". Know how is not easily taught, sold as a product or consumed. It is a personal, individual process that is long and involves trial and error. This can be a tough concept to get a hold of, but it is important to think about how to turn your knowledge into repeatable action. It is like riding a bike. It is hard to explain to someone until they actually learn how to do it.

Self-Monitoring in Losing Weight

In weight loss, it is has been pretty well established that there are two primary techniques to acquiring know how. The first is "self-monitoring." Research has demonstrated a repeatable relationship between self-monitoring one's meals and exercise and successfully losing weight and most importantly keeping it off. Self-monitoring is essentially a conversation you have with yourself on a regular basis. Something that forces you to be accountable to yourself. The Weight Watchers Point system is an excellent example of this. By counting points each day, you are monitoring your intake according to their formula. Daily logging or journaling on a site like PEERtrainer is another way to self-monitor. By writing down what you eat, your exercise, your goals and your thoughts each day you see what you are doing in a much more clear way. You become aware of your actions in a way that you did not before. In as little as a week of logging, it begins to change your behavior. When you shop, eat or go to the gym, you think "I am going to have to write this down." It works and studies have shown that people are much more likely to achieve their goals when they journal every day.

Group and Peer Support in Losing Weight

The second biggie to acquire "know how" is group support. When you interact with other people losing weight on a daily or weekly example you see constant examples of what works. You see how people are doing things. Little tips and tricks you learn along the way can be very helpful to your efforts. You might try something that is working for somebody else and see if it works for you. Maybe the person has had great success preparing healthy foods in an easy way. And it works for you. The examples are endless. This is also the basis of why Weight Watchers meetings are so popular and effective. You also might begin to unlearn the bad habits of the people around you. Engaging in group support of people who have the same goals as you can be very powerful.

The PEERtrainer website was built with th two concepts of self-monitoring and peer/group support in mind. PEERtrainer is a free, online format to help you lose weight through daily logging and group support. You log your food each day, and you are part of small groups of four as well as larger teams. The others see your logs and you see theirs. You encourage, support and motivate each other on a daily basis. When you log your food each day you engage in self-monitoring and become more accountable to yourself. The group members keep you supported, motivated and can hold you accountable if you like. Even the simple thing of knowing someone else might read your log helps you a lot to boost the level of accountability.

How Do I Get Started on PEERtrainer?

It is easy to get started and you just need an email address and a username to start. Click here to join. When you sign in you can choose groups and teams to join. You should join a couple and probably start your own that is tailored to your own goals or profile.

PEERtrainer is like a virtual support group available on the internet whenever you need it. It is highly effective and has been featured in The New York Times, Fitness Magazine, Womens World, People Magazine, The Wall Street Journal and Business Week. PEERtrainer has some fundamental similarities to Weight Watchers- both approaches view group and peer support as the most important factor to long term weight loss success. Some people on PEERtrainer go to weekly meetings and log every day on PEERtrainer. Others only count their Points on PEERtrainer. Still others find new approaches that build upon the Points system. The key is finding what works for you, and being in an environment that encourages you to explore all your options.

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