Finding a supportive network of people can easily provide that last bit of motivation needed to start, stick with and maintain a weight loss regime. The sheer number of weight loss support groups lends credence to how important they can be, for bringing together people in pursuit of the same goal creates a community of advice, commitment and success.
Weight loss support groups are everywhere; from the community center to your church, organized by your local hospital or found simply by surfing the Internet, groups are geared towards all interests, locations and ages. Read on for an idea of the range of weight loss support groups available to you:
General membership support groups
Weight Watchers is an international membership organization that encourages healthy weight loss. Weekly meetings are held at local community centers to foster awareness and boost motivation; members enjoy online support and a wide network of fellow members. Cost: £49.95 for three months. Contact them at www.weightwatchers.co.uk.
Jenny Craig is a membership organization in the US devoted to promoting weight loss through constant online support and the purchase of special Jenny Craig food. Cost: $36 for six weeks plus the additional cost of prepared meals and food. Contact them at www.jennycraig.com.
Weight loss support is great for any new mum; meetings give you precious time to yourself, you're linked with a network of women who have 'been there, done that' and the social aspect battles postpartum depression. Busy mums can log online to Mom's View (www.momsview.com) or contact their local hospital or physician to find groups in the community.
The Dieter's Club (www.dietersclub.com) provides weight loss support, recipes, and fitness information via e-mail for the busy adult female dieter.
Religious support groups
The PRISM Weight Loss Program is an American membership group that focuses on weight loss with a Christian emphasis. Local chapters, weekly meetings and an online forum cost $45 for a six week membership.
Support groups for the elderly
The Diet and Fitness Center is online at www.thirdage.com for older people who are trying to lose weight for health and personal reasons.
Support for specific diets
Many of the popular diets from Atkins to Dr. Phil offer weight loss support for their programs. From books and lectures to online forums and community boards, you're guaranteed to find advice, tips and recipes no matter if you're low-carb or low-fat.
Use of diet products
If you're relying on diet capsules, creams and patches to help you drop pounds, it's easy to find weight loss support online. For example, www.optifast.com is for people on liquid diets.
Food addicts support groups
Food Addicts Anonymous (www.foodaddictsanonymous.com) can help those who believe they have a psychological or emotional attachment to food; weekly meetings at community centers and health centers provide a 'familyship' for overeaters.