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The Secret Formula of Weight Loss

Members agree: Support from our online boards works magic!
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WebMD Weight Loss Clinic - Expert Column

Have you ever wanted to just throw in the towel, but changed your mind when you thought about having to face your friends and family?

Well, the next time you're about to devour a giant piece of cake, resist the urge and rush to your community of friends -- located a nanosecond away on your computer!

When you log into the WebMD Weight Loss Clinic community, you'll find our faithful moderators, along with lots of other familiar screen names -­ people who can talk you off the ledge of temptation and give you the nudge you need to get back on track. It's a good thing, too, because willpower can easily turn into diet sabotage without the help and support of others.

Reach Out and Touch Someone

Anyone who has offered a helping hand to a person in need knows the wonderful feeling of satisfaction it brings. We get a sense of pride when we can help others with problems similar to ours. So when you offer support to friends online, not only are you helping them cope with the difficulties of losing weight, you also benefit from knowing you made a difference in someone's life.

Just listen to what one of our members had to say about the benefits of online support:

"Thanks to everyone on these boards. I am amazed by how inspired and supported I feel by reading everyone's posts on the boards! You guys are awesome! :-)" -- jbudhholtz

For many, supporting and listening to one another has also proven to be the "secret formula" for effective weight loss. Chatting with friends on the boards and letting them help you through the rough spots are major benefits of online weight management.

One member who lost weight attributes her success to her friends on the boards:

"I can't tell you how much this site has meant to me. The ability to "talk" with other folks in the program was invaluable, and an incredibly effective weight-loss tool. As I leave the program, I will think of those individuals fondly, and know that we are all supporting each other all the time." -- Alisagc

When you're connected to others, it empowers you to be stronger. It feels so good to get a kick in the pants or a hug -­ whichever is in order to motivate you to do the right thing.

WLC member Keoyellow knows the power of the virtual hug:

"The support here is awesome! When you do well, you get lots of hugs; when you feel like complaining about the program, you STILL get lots of hugs. And when you're feeling sorry for yourself because you did something you were not supposed to do, you get some flack, but hugs, too!"

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