Building a Community

We live in a culture where 70 percent of the people are overweight or obese. If you combine that with having a genetic predisposition to being overweight, you will be overweight, unless you have a plan. That’s absolutely essential for breaking that strong, magnetic pull towards obesity.

One aspect of having a plan is the structure, accountability and support that comes from being part of a community where being healthy is the norm. That’s very different than our larger culture, which is food-obsessed and pushes high-fat, high-calorie foods at us, left and right.

Think about it this way. If you woke up tomorrow and moved to Japan, one of the healthiest countries in the world, how would your daily habits around food and exercise change? You would probably eat more fish and fewer dairy products. You would likely walk more and drive less. You might switch from a morning latte to green tea. Perhaps you would even snack on seaweed rather than potato chips.

These changes would be a normal part of adaptation to the new culture in which you would be living. In a sense, the same thing needs to happen here where you call home. It doesn’t take moving half way around the world. It takes surrounding yourself with a community where healthy choices are easy choices.

Here are a few simple ways to start building a healthy community around yourself:

Weight loss groups can be extremely beneficial because they engage you in a community where being healthy is the norm. Meeting regularly helps to not only keep you accountable for making progress, the group also lends support when the weight loss journey feels difficult. There is a real sense that everyone in the group is in the same boat, so we know how to encourage one another.

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