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Get support for your weight loss from those around you

Sometimes when you set yourself a goal, such as losing weight, it can feel like it's hard to achieve on your own.

The people around you, also known as your 'social support', can help you on your journey to healthy eating.

What is social support?

Social support means having people who can help you cope with many aspects of your life if you need them to.

This includes helping with stress and being positive. This support can come from family, friends, neighbours colleagues or health professionals.

How social support can help you

Social support improves the quality of your life. It boosts your mood and makes you feel happier. Generally, there are three broad types of help and support those around you can offer. These are:

  • Practical support. For example, the people you share your house with offer to go walking with you, or cook a healthy low fat dinner for you
  • Emotional support. Your friend talks with you about how you're feeling about 'being good' and trying to meet your weight loss goals. They also offer you encouragement to continue.
  • Informational support. A family member finds local Slimming World group sessions that you may wish to attend.

Who are the people in your life that can encourage you to meet your goals and stick to them?

They could be anyone, a family member, a friend, a colleague, a neighbour. You might like to write their names down.

It's also as important to think about who may hinder your efforts to eat a healthy diet.

Create your own social support

This is where you work out who would help you reach your healthy eating goals and how they'd do this. If you haven't yet done so, you can set yourself a goal and create some action plans.

You should speak to the people you nominate as your social support about how they can provide support to you.

Create your social support

Alternatively, if you would like to create your social support form in your own time, use the link below to download a PDF version.

Create your social support (pdf version) (PDF) [133KB]

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