The Secret Formula of Weight Loss
Members agree: Support from our online boards works magic!
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
When you log into the WebMD Weight Loss Clinic community, you'll find our
faithful moderators, along with lots of other familiar screen names -Â 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
Just listen to what one of our members had to say about the benefits of
"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
"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 -Â 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!"