Loved Ones Could Sabotage Weight Loss Attempts, Study Reveals

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Proper support from family and friends significantly influences our weight loss journey. Even though this could be the case, our support group could derail the progress. A study by a team of researchers at the University of Surrey reveals this. It suggests that our support group could sabotage our attempts intentionally or unintentionally.

 The researchers identified that the less progressive side came as outright sabotage, collusion, and a feeding pattern. A person trying to lose weight is thrown off track as a result. In addition, this could affect their self-esteem and confidence.

This study is important as obesity remains one of the main causes of death in the U.S. Scientists have linked obesity to diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and other heart diseases. For this reason, it is vital to encourage overweight people to lose weight so they can live healthier lives. Evaluating obstacles they might face is also important to ensure they stick to their weight loss program

The literature of the study

Jane Ogden, part of the team and its lead author, says weight loss boosts confidence and interactions with others. She explains that not many will fully appreciate these changes as they strive to delay them. They work towards ruining the efforts to maintain normalcy. Jane emphasizes looking into this area further to make support groups more impactful in a positive way.

Roles of support groups

Other studies reveal how support group members can encourage those attempting to lose weight to continue their old habits. These habits cause them to fall back further from their weight loss goals. The researchers discovered how some members in the support group place temptation onto those on a weight loss journey. In addition, the researchers revealed that our loved ones always have the best intentions in most cases, but they unintentionally ruin one’s progress.

There are several reasons why individuals would embark on a weight loss journey. One could be to feel empowered or to stay healthy. Regardless, support groups have a role to play in assisting individuals to attain their weight loss goals. Creating barriers will diminish their efforts in the end.

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