Community: The One Thing Experts Agree You Need to Successfully Make a Healthy Lifestyle Change
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According to Dr. Mark Hyman, “The power of community to create health is far greater than any physician, clinic or hospital.” Researchers have found that social support clearly helps you lose weight, that weight gain in women with young children can be prevented using a combination of self-management techniques in a community setting, and participants who enrolled in a weight-loss program with friends did a better job of keeping their weight off.
The two big reasons why
According to one expert, being accountable to others helps improve focus and motivation. When it comes to healthy living, the science is clear – those making lifestyle changes as part of a larger community do better than those who try to do it solo. In one study, those in a weight loss group still did better two years later than those who did it on their own.
Moreover, being part of a supportive group means that on the days you struggle, you have others who are still rooting for you – which is sometimes just enough of a push to keep you going and maintain your motivation to lead a healthier life.
Lastly, studies show us that willpower is
The second reason why
Furthermore, members who have had similar experiences can relate to your
Finally, never underestimate the power of a group to come up with new or novel solutions to obstacles you might run into. What is so powerful about community, is the wellspring of life experiences combined from each group members. This shared wisdom provides