Weight Loss Support Groups
Weight Loss Support Groups
Here you can learn about weight loss support groups and the various
pros and cons of each type.
Support groups are available for just about
anything, including weight
If you have already read my weight loss tips
know that support is important to help you stay on track during your
weight loss journey.
With the proper support you have ways to
find new ideas, vent your frustrations and meet people with similar or
the same problems when trying to lose weight.
Weight loss support groups can be found through online weight loss
programs, on site meetings, chat rooms, forums or even build your own
Online Weight Loss Support Groups
are literally thousands of groups you can find online with many
of them free to join. These online weight loss support groups
specialized groups for specific diet plans
to regionalized support groups.
Some of these online support groups offer much
support. Look for groups that offer special support for special needs. For instance, if you eat due to emotions
, you will need additional suport for this.
Many have weight loss tools like the ability to log
and track your weight, log your food and exercise and more.
With these online weight loss support groups you can also join specific
groups, join weight loss contests and more.
Most online weight loss programs also offer a means of online or onsite
support, including those programs highlighted in the weight loss
on this site.
If a full blown weight loss program is
not what you are looking for then use the links below to explore some
of the many online weight loss support options. Below are
some of the larger directories listing many online weight loss support
Google Health Directory
This directory will list the sites by Google page rank, meaning the
most popular sites will be listed first. You can also sort
the list alphabetically.
Dmoz Open Directory
This list is sorted alphabetically. You can narrow the list
down by selecting links to chats/forums or by specific categories.
Yahoo Health Directory
This directory is listed by the size of the group with the largest
groups at the top of the list. You can also search the list
to find specialized groups that you are interested in.
Forums and Chat Rooms for Weight Loss Support
Using a forum or chat room for your support is
another online support
option. Many websites offer either a forum or a chat room or
The advantage to using a forum for online weight loss
support is they are free to join and they offer a variety of topics
where you can read and post comments.
A forum generally has a
moderator that watches and monitors the posts, removing anything
irrelevant or offensive.
The disadvantage of forums is that they are only as good as the people
who post to them. You will often find some forums with little
or no activity.
Some have only the same handful of people who post comments
which are often times about what their cat did the other day and not
related to weight loss issues.
Another disadvantage is that
if it is not monitored by the moderator often you will run across
irrelevant or offensive comments.
rooms have similar advantages and disadvantages. One
advantage is that the chat rooms are usually chaired by an expert in
the weight loss arena so you are getting relevant and accurate
information regarding weight loss.
However not all chat rooms
are chaired by the experts but are sometimes chaired by the
Another advantage to chat rooms is that the
information is real time, meaning you get a response or answer right
away, unlike forums where you have to check back in to see if your post
has a response or comment.
Being real time is also a
disadvantage as there are those people who like to aggravate others in
chat rooms. They will join a chat room just for fun and may
or may not be there for some real weight loss support
Onsite Weight Loss Groups
Onsite support groups probably offer the best of all worlds.
The reason for this is that they are led by an expert or someone who
has actually been through a weight loss struggle in the past.
also very structured with a set agenda and generally limit the
size so that the group is effective.
The information and interaction is real time and you get to actually
meet the people face to face.
This give makes it a more personal and social
The disadvantages to onsite support groups are that
they are scheduled for a specific day and time.
This means you need to rearrange your schedule in order to attend the
These onsite support meetings usually come with some kind of weekly or
monthly fee which is another disadvantage.
This may also not
be for you if you have social anxiety issues or are not comfortable
speaking about your weight loss in front of other people.
onsite groups are not for those who want to remain anonymous.
Build Your Own Weight Loss Support Groups
Another option you have is to build your own personalized
group. This can be friends, family members, coworkers and
advantage to this type of group is it will be
with people you already know and like.
You can make your
group as big or as small as you want.
The people you ask to
be in your group need to be supportive and positive.
be people that are also trying to lose weight or just your loved ones
that you want there to support you and praise you when you do well.
A disadvantage to this type of group is that the feedback they offer
can be taken the wrong way or can be negative instead of
positive. Try setting some ground rules if you want so that
the support remains support and not become a way to discourage you.
Your weight loss support group can also be a combination of all these
methods. No matter what you select having the proper support
can be a very helpful weight loss tool.
Be sure to read all the weight loss reviews on this site to see what they
offer for weight loss support groups
Weight Loss Motivation
One motivational tip to lose weight is to build your own support
system. Find out other ways to motivate yourself to lose
weight and keep it off.
If you tend to grab the salty snacks, chocolate or foods that are not
the healthiest choices because your bored you could be eating due to
emotions instead of hunger.
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