Team Weight Loss = More Effective, More Fun

2013 was great for me. So there I was, cruising along on the exercise bike, elliptical (as I often am) and thinking (as I often do). I was thinking about the positive, sometimes amazing changes I’ve made in my life thanks to my gym and my trainers.

Ridhima: lost 26.5 lbs

Ridhima: lost 26.5 lbs

I was just about to congratulate myself as I saw the results in first two months, when I realized I should congratulate the whole group of friends and families who changed their life style AND STARTED WORKING OUT LIKE ME WHETHER IT IS USA, AUSTRALIA OR INDIA. A BIG TEAM WEIGHT LOSS WAS HAPPENING.

Why would anyone want to lose weight – or pursue any goal – alone? Every dieter should have a Weight Loss Team of people pulling for you, using their strengths to make up for your trouble areas. Think of what people have been able to accomplish when part of a team. Teams wrote the Constitution, built the Empire State Building and landed on the moon – all impossible if attempted alone. Two heads are better than one and five heads better than two. It is often said that the lead dog sets the pace for the others. Think about that. Human beings love to be around people and often their productivity multiplies when with friendly people. In group-fitness you have to be involved, human interaction calls for being accountable. People do not want to let their group or buddy down when this comes in terms of adherence of workout schedule it works wonders.

Ajay: lost 17.6 lbs

Ajay: lost 17.6 lbs

You can build a Weight Loss Team the same way you build a basketball, baseball or soccer team. Essentially, you fill different positions with people that are good at each position. That way, nobody has to do everything. They simply fill a specific role.

Here are some great team members to have:

  • Motivator– someone good at picking you up when you fall down and re-energizing you. When someone says lets raise the pace, you will feel that pint of energy in you rise up suddenly.
  • Positive Thinker– someone good at always looking at the bright side. The one who does not let the schedule be cancelled because the weather is not good, the one who will find alternatives.
  • Goal Guardian– someone good at keeping you focused on your goal and on track. One who prevents your workout session from just turning into a gossip session.

    Brian: lost 25 lbs

    Brian: lost 25 lbs

  • Exercise Buddy– someone good at making workout time fun and social.
  • Listener– someone good at being an outlet when you need to vent or talk about problems.
  • Informer– someone good at circulating health and fitness info, ideas and opportunities.
  • The Bizarre One– someone good at finding fun, interesting and crazy ways to stay active. Someone who alters an exercise to fun, for example- suddenly one day one of my friends came up with the idea of shifting 1 2 3 4 for jumping jacks to A goes for apple B goes for ball.

So if you’re struggling, if you’re having trouble staying on target, if you’re feeling frustrated, it might be time to start forming that Weight Loss Team of your own. Get them involved and remember:

Meenu: lost 15.5 lbs

Meenu: lost 15.5 lbs


 A BIG congrats to my friends who won by ‘losing’ in 2013:


Pounds lost


                               17.6 lbs


15.5 lbs


26.5 lbs


25 lbs

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