How to get the support you need to lose weight for good.
An exercise buddy who motivates you to show up for an early-morning walk…a neighbor who can watch your kids while you go for
a run… a co-worker who’s also dieting to share healthy brown-bag lunches with. These are just some of the many sources of
support you’ll need to call on as you take your weight-loss journey. And don’t forget to call on your most important
supporter, the one person who knows you best: yourself. Take a few minutes to think about the kind of support you need as you
face various weight-loss challenges—and how you’ll get it. With a support game plan in hand, you’re ready for just about
Support from Others:
Use our Call in the Troops worksheet
(click to download pdf) to list your own sources of support—and how you can call on them when you need them. Reviewing the
Steps to Permanent Weight Loss
will also help.
Get help from the pros.Connect to more information about weight management and health from organizations like the USDA
(www.mypyramid.gov) and The American Dietetic Association (www.eatright.org).
Become a problem-solver. When an obstacle challenges your weight loss resolve, try this simple four-step problem-solving
technique. Then, with the skills you’ve learned, generate answers to your own weight loss issues; our Tackle a Tricky Problem worksheet
you through the process.
Four-step problem-solving technique :
1. Identify the problem by defining it.
2. Generate a list of possible solutions.
3. Choose what seems to be best solution. (It doesn’t have to be the perfect solution).
4. Implement the plan, then assess. Did it work? If not, don’t worry. Many problems require multiple attempts to solve. Just
try another strategy.
To put these steps in action, use our Tackle a Tricky Problem worksheet