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Put support in your weight loss plan

Posted Apr 11 2009 12:56am

Do you talk with other women about food and weight? This is how the article Diet with Your Girlfriends: A Key to Successful Weight Loss begins. It's an article about talking to your friends about yourself and your weight problem. It is based on the growing body of anecdotal and scientific evidence that social support gives real help for real problems, and it makes a real difference.

Did you know that social support also benefits those who give it and not just those who receive it? The reciprocity of giving and receiving is a natural for friends who are dieting, trying to lose weight, and working hard to maintain their weight loss.

Science is still at the stage where it doesn't understand why social support has such a beneficial effect. Perhaps, though, you might consider it like this. Take your hand and try touching yourself. Touch some part of you that aches or hurts or that is wounded. Now have someone close to you touch the same part of you. Quite a difference. You'll find the same is true with your weight loss effort. If you let someone touch you where you're wounded, right where you need the help the most, it does for you what you can't do for yourself.

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