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Do You Know How To Lose Weight?

But Just Need Help Following Through?

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. In this sense, losing weight is like riding a bike. It is hard to explain to someone until they actually learn how to do it. You can be shown how to do it, but you really can't be told how to do it.

Why Are You Having A Hard Time Following Through?

Recent research has pointed to the negative impact that friends and family can have on people and their health. If someone is overweight or obese, the odds of them having overweight or obese friends and family is high. And the odds of a negative support cycle is also high. In these environments, negative behaviors get reinforced and change is discouraged both overtly and quietly.

The inverse is true as well. If you develop a set of relationships that are positive and reinforce positive behavior, this can help offset the negative impact of the other areas of your life. This can help bring some balance about in your overall habits. If you are able to become a model for others in your circle of friends and family over time, this will help to further create the environment around you that you need to sustain change.

Do You Want To Break The Cycle?

Joining Weight Watchers, becoming active on PEERtrainer- these are all places where you can develop a positive social network, a set of positive influences that will help each day and week. Going to Weight Watchers once a week and logging onto your PEERtrainer network online each day can provide a broad net of in-person as well as anonymous support. Sometimes you will benefit from behind a computer screen. Sometimes you will benefit from having to face people in person. Both work, and work great in combination.

Something to keep in mind is that as you begin to maybe become aware of the negative impact of the people around you, don't alientate them and don't judge them. Just work to not let them influence you. Control your response to their actions, and become aware of how their behavior helps to trigger your own. As you do the hard work of making changes, let yourself be a model. Let them come to you, and let your influence derive from your character and actions. Show don't tell.

Positive, Encouragng Places To Put Your Knowledge To Work

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 writing down one's meals and exercise and successfully losing weight. Even more importantly it helps to keep 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 Can Work Really Well

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.

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If you are like most people, you know how to lose weight and get fit, but simply have a hard time following through. PEERtrainer was built to help you follow through, via daily logging and peer support. It is easy to get started--you log your food, exercise, thoughts each day. This takes about 5 minutes, and is a great habit to develop. You do this in small weight loss groups of 4 and larger "teams". The logging makes you much more aware of your habits. The group members read your logs and keep you motivated and supported. This tight integration of logging with free online weight loss support groups is very effective. It is also a unique and patent-pending process.

It is easy to get started:

1. You Sign Up. It is free.
2. Join Groups and Teams. If you don't find ones you like- Start One. Active Groups Fill Up Quickly, You Might Want To Start A Couple To Get The Perfect Mix of People.

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