Facebook helped me lose weight

2011-11-11 07:27

For years Linda Laubscher (49) tried without success, every diet on the market to help her lose weight.

Nothing worked – until she started her own Facebook weight loss support group.

“I spent my life consulting different dieticians and even though I have nothing against them, I just started getting annoyed with them telling me what to do and eat, while they have never been overweight themselves,” said Laubscher.

She started WeighNet, a social network weight loss support group, to help her connect, offer advice and motivate other people struggling with their size.

“I decided to create a page where we would all encourage each other to lose weight,” said Laubscher.

Although her Facebook support group is new and has only three members so far, its existence has helped her and the other members to be accountable and honest with each other about their struggles and achievements.

“One of the requirements I have for those people who wish to join the group is they have to own a bathroom scale and they have to weigh themselves because they need to provide feedback on the progress they are making,” she said.

To encourage her members, Laubscher posts information about health and members are given the opportunity to hold discussions and to post comments.

“In this way people are able to lose weight at their own pace and with support from people who are going through the same thing,” said Laubscher.

The best thing about having a Facebook weight loss support group for Laubscher, who at her heaviest weighed 125kg, is that other members are able to relate to her as she also struggles with her weight.

“If I tell them what not to eat, they would believe me because I have been there and I speak from experience,” she said.

Since starting the support group, Laubscher, who now weighs 98kg, said the motivation she receives has given her the confidence to reach her ideal weight of 80kg.

“All people are different and having a support group recognises this, unlike going to the gym where you are forced to follow a fixed programme that does not always match your needs,” said Laubscher.

To join the group, visit facebook.com/weighnet

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