Want to lose weight, learn more about healthy eating and start an exercise program but can’t afford the dues for weight loss programs like Weight Watchers? Start your own weight loss group for free with these tips.
Recruit Like Minded Dieters for your Weight Loss Group
Spread the word among family, friends, co-workers and church members that you want to start a weight loss group. Advertise with a specific reason for the weight loss group, like for new mom’s who want to shed baby fat or a New Year’s resolution weight loss group. Like minded dieters will help each other succeed in reaching their weight loss goal. Keep the members of the weight lose group to between 10-15 so organizing and coordinating schedules won’t become an overwhelming task.
Make an Agenda for the Weight Loss Group
How often do you want the weight loss group to meet and where the group will meet needs to be decided. The activities for the group also need to be planned before time, such as weekly discussions about dieting struggles and tips for overcoming those struggles. When like minded dieters are in a weight loss group and have the opportunity to meet, discuss weight loss problems and receive support, the success rate for losing weight and keeping it off is dramatically increased.
At each weight loss meeting, have group members set goals for the next meeting, such as a specific number of pounds they want to loose by the following week or end of the month.Having a weekly weigh-in is a huge incentive to keep the weight loss group on track. If any member is too embarrassed by a public weigh-in, place the scales in another room and keep the actual weight secret and only reveal the number of pounds lost to the group.
Competition and Rewards for Members of Weight Loss Group
A little competition with a reward for the winner can go a long way when it comes to a weight loss incentive. Ask members of the weight loss group to donate their pocket change each week at the meeting. At the end of each month, use the cumulative pocket change to purchase a reward for the person who has lost the most weight that month, like a gift certificate to a nail salon or health food store.