When it comes to health and fitness, we love reading about…

·      Foods you should and shouldn’t eat

·      The best exercises for

·      New workouts

·      The latest, trendiest diets

·      Tools and tactics that the hottest celebs and athletes are using

And of course, if you’re the social media type, we know you love looking at pictures of what other people are eating and doing. Simply put, we have a fascination with diet and exercise, and thanks to that, we have no shortage of information overload. Yet despite our obsession with food and fitness, there’s still a very clear problem when it comes to problems with health and weight management.

Along those lines, for many people, the issue is not a lack of information, it’s a lack of support. In other words, in order to successfully transform our bodies, we often have to transform our lives, and to do that, we need to have support from the people with whom we choose to surround ourselves.

It makes sense. Humans are naturally social. We are intended to be part of a tribe, and we thrive when we have a sense of community. For starters, a supportive community helps by providing encouragement and motivation. Like-minded people with similar goals…

·      Encourage you to keep going when the going gets tough

·      Share similar experiences (challenges and triumphs)

·      Give you a genuine pat on the back for making progress

·      Inspire you to do your best

·      Never criticize you

·      Provide non-judgmental accountability

·      Raise awareness to self-sabotaging habits

In other words, social support means encouragement, recognition, motivation, inspiration, friendly competition, accountability, and overall, FUN. And of course, when you surround yourself with positive social support, you get great information related to health and weight loss, such as tips for burning extra calories, recipes, healthy foods, and snacks. You know, all those things we’re so fascinated with. 

Sometimes it can be tricky to find social support. In other words, you may have to look outside the circles you currently find yourself in (which may be a good reflection of how you got to where you are).