What to do if you have a LOT of weight to lose’ is a series of articles dedicated to the seemingly daunting task of losing lots of weight – think 30kg or more. If you are in this boat then this is the strategy for you. Follow the steps week by week and you’ll soon be on the path to a THINNER and (more importantly) HEALTHIER you.

Join the Club

One of the reasons that many people seem to struggle to lose weight and keep it off in the long-term is that they become isolated during their weight loss process.

Many of their old friends  seem to vanish when the weight begins to come off successfully and the dieter grows in confidence. The problem with this is that making friends can be tough as an adult, and even tougher if you’re an adult who is trying to figure out a new way of living.

Fortunately, there is a simple fix to this problem.

What is it? It’s to join a ‘club’ that caters to people like the new you. A gym, running club, cycling group, squash club… Whatever takes your fancy. The key is to join something that already includes people who have gone through what you are going through. Fit people. In-shape people. Encouraging people. Healthy people. And people who use exercise to enjoy themselves.

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If you can get involved in something like this, and put yourself out there and make friends then you’re really winning, because you will be hanging out with people who are going to help you just by being themselves.

We all love being on the inside of a community like this, and I think this is one of the reasons why. Join a club, let the club members become your friends, and then work together towards your shared goal of fitness, health and a good life.

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