If your friends don't want you to lose weight, you are in trouble.
It's that simple.
So here's what "social support" means, and how to get it.
Without friends, its hard to do anything. Not only fitness goals, but really any goals in life. For example, to achieve your business goals you have to have support of other business minded people to help you.
If you want to stop drinking you've got to hang around people that don't drink. In this day and age, our social groups are a lot different now. There's a lot more internet based, for better or for worse, but the positive power of these internet based groups can be huge, especially now as they get more specific.
Going on the internet can help. If you use the Turbulence Training member forums, you'll get the best help. There are forums specific for moms that are trying to lose body fat.
So, we're able to get more specific now and that way you don't have to go through a lot of various stuff to get to the specific stuff. You just go right to the specific stuff that's helping you with your specific problem. So there's all sorts of good stuff out there on the internet so hopefully people will be able to find it. But these networking sites and forums and that type of stuff are very, very helpful.
Social support means getting at least one person, and preferably a lot more people, to encourage you, check up on you, motivate you, keep you in line, and keep you on track. You need to be accountable to these people. You need to state your goals to these people.
By doing this, you will have a greater chance of success. You can also workout with someone to get the maximum benefits of social support.
Scientists know that partnering up with a friend will help you lose fat.
So stick with winners. Partner up with someone to get help and get their success to rub off on you.
You sometimes need to pay someone for the right social support. Research shows that being accountable to an authoritative figure also increases your chance for success.
And finally, although there isn't a research study to support me, I know that hanging around the right people will help you lose fat, while spending time with the wrong people will stop you from reaching your goals.
For example, if you continue to hang around beer-drinking, wing-eating friends 4 days of the week, expect to have a beer drinker's body.
Now, I'm not saying you can't have one special night out per week, but I am saying keep it to one night out, and limit the beer and wing intake.
Sacrifices have to be made, but it is a lot easier to make them when you have a social support team that is there helping you choose the right foods and do the right workouts.