No great journey is traveled alone. Wherever you embark in life there are family members, friends and co-workers who go with you. Whether your travels are towards a great promotion or on a personal trek for inner peace, there are people you will come across who will guide and support you along your way.
A weight loss journey is no different, and while you may feel on your own as you work to improve your health after weight loss surgery, this is not the case. Your weight loss surgeon, your family and other members of your community are there to support you on your journey to a healthier lifestyle. It is up to you to seek out those avenues of support and accept assistance as it is available to you.
One of these resources for support is the post-weight loss surgery support groups, which meet monthly in Layton and in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Why Try a Support Group?
Regular involvement in a strong support network is associated with more successful weight loss. This has been proven in a series of University Studies both in the United States and abroad. Strong social support in any context is correlated to greater weight management skills and more effective weight loss, including the ability to keep weight off long-term.
Weight loss support can come from any number of avenues. If you have a particularly supportive family or group of friends, then they may help you to stay on track with your weight loss goals. For others, however, great support comes from external resources.
Here are a few benefits of having a strong support network:
- Witness effective strategies that have helped others lose weight
- Manage stress by opening up and sharing difficulties with others
- Gain new perspective on obstacles you are encountering
- Form an accountability network to help you stay on track with your weight loss goals
A strong support network doesn’t have to come from a support group, but these have their own benefits, too. At a post-weight loss surgery support group you can talk with others who have had similar experiences to yourself. This creates an opportunity where you can share insight, get tips and see firsthand that you are not alone in your weight loss journey. This is just one of the resources available to you as you lose weight.