While behavioral interventions seem to be effective in promoting weight loss, maintaining them is a challenge. Most individuals tend to regain the weight or at least a part of it within a year, even after losing weight.

Behavior change helps sustain weight loss. Behavior change happens if you enjoy it, and it prevails when accompanied by self-monitoring and coping strategies. Physical and psychological resources are required to be made available to maintain self-regulated change behavior. The changes need to be supported by a supportive environment and social support.

Group activity helps in supporting weight loss efforts. Joining a support group, learning from others’ experiences, and getting motivated are hugely beneficial in achieving weight loss goals. Dietitians and nutritionists have created many such support groups. There are other groups too, and these may contain weight loss and fitness enthusiasts.

Support groups are a great place to have a candid conversation on the challenges faced by group members in achieving weight loss. A lot of experience and information sharing happens in these groups, and these are self-motivating too.

The daily routine and lifestyle provide the behavior pattern. Changing a set routine and a lifestyle is not an easy change to bring about. A bit of patience and support from family, friends, and group members goes a long way to achieve the goals you have set for yourself.

Behavior change interventions’ effectiveness is a widely studied subject. (Linde et al., 2006) An expert committee recommended four stages of obesity care. The first is brief counseling, followed by subsequent steps recognizing the importance of social and environmental change to reduce obesity. (Barlow, 2007)

Family support helps much in achieving weight loss goals. (Epstein et al., 1994) When extended to offices where such individuals work, encouragement lends support to weight loss programs. (Spear et al., 2010) When food and activity behavior change is targeted, this helps achieve beneficial results in pediatric obesity cases. (Epstein et al., 2000).

Mentoring and support groups are critical to bringing about sustained weight loss.

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