Losing weight is hard. It doesn’t matter what diet or exercise program you are using; you constantly have to make good choices and mentally check yourself. Wouldn’t it be easier if you could lean on someone else once in a while? Maybe a weight loss accountability partner could be what you need to stay on track?
Everyone who is trying to lose weight, start an exercise program or eat better should have a weight loss accountability partner. Think about Weight Watchers, which has been one of the most successful weight loss programs in the world. Do you know how it started? The founder, Jean Nidetch, began inviting her friends over for weekly sessions to discuss their diet and exercise programs. Basically, she formed a group of weight loss accountability partners and their sessions turned into a billion dollar company!
How a weight loss accountability partner can help you
Here are some of the top reasons why you should consider finding a weight loss accountability partner.
You are more likely to stick to your weight loss plan if you have an accountability partner. Knowing that you have someone rooting for you can be enough to keep you on track. You don’t want to report to your weight loss partner that you decided to give up, so you trudge on.
Having a weight loss accountability partner, means someone is counting on you. This is the one time that mom guilt can work in your favor, so take advantage of it! You will be afraid to let someone down, so you will increase your efforts to succeed. It’s funny, but true, especially for women; we may not be willing to do something for ourselves, but we won’t let someone else down.
This is especially true if you have an exercise buddy. There will be plenty of days that you don’t feel like working out, but you will do it if you know someone else is waiting for you.
When you are checking in with someone else, it is embarrassing to not have results. It’s even more embarrassing when you have to explain to someone about all the times you fell off the wagon in the past week. Knowing that you have to check in with your weight loss partner makes you want to try harder so that you have good results to report at the end of the week.
You will have someone to turn to in weak moments. It seems like every time you start a diet, there is a birthday or major holiday in the first few days. If you can talk to your weight loss accountability partner about this, they can help you discover strategies to get through major events and still stay on track. Plus, your weight loss accountability partner can provide you with the strength and motivation to move past the moment of weakness.
A weight loss accountability partner is a resource for tips and tricks. Your weight loss buddy can give you new exercises to try, the best place to go clothes shopping and recipes to shake things up. She might have a suggestion for a trainer or a good website for the two of you to check out. Sometimes, just being able to brainstorm with someone else can be helpful and point you in the right direction.
How to find a weight loss accountability partner
Finding an accountability buddy is easier than you think. I have some friends who post on social media about their weight loss journeys. Once a week, they make another post with their weight and the highs and lows of the past week. Yes, it takes courage, but it is an excellent way to stay accountable. When you know that great-aunt Bertha is going to be checking in on you and your weight loss, you work a little bit harder.
If you are not brave enough to put yourself there to the entire world, you could try finding a facebook group. Search for a group that is dedicated to the same diet or exercise program as you. This will connect you to hundreds (or maybe even thousands!) of people who are all working toward the same goals. Most of these groups are moderated so the tone is upbeat and encouraging. This is exactly what you need to motivate you to continue with your weight loss program.
There are also plenty of weight loss challenges and most of them involve cash prizes as an extra incentive. Money is a huge motivator for many people! Again, try searching online for a weight loss challenge that aligns with your diet or exercise program.
Lastly, there is the tried and true method of recruiting a friend or family member to be your accountability partner. One word of caution here; choose someone who will make you work. If you best friend will always side with you and let things slide, then she may not be the best accountability buddy for you. You need to pick someone who will see through your excuses and call you out on them.
Any diet can work if you stick to it and having an accountability partner will help you to do that. Plus, you may learn some new things and make a friend or two along the way.
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