The Power of Accountability in Weight Loss

I’m a quiet person who likes to keep herself to herself and makes excuses to avoid many social situations.However, one area where I have found being social is key is when it comes to reaching and maintaining my health and fitness goals. The Power of Accountability in Weight Loss in undeniable.

I’m stubborn, competitive and relentless and can probably reach any goal on my own but I have found that having a social setting to achieving these goals makes it much more enjoyable and faster to reach.

Let me share with you some statistics about the power of accountability in weight loss  and what support from others can do, that just might convince you to not go at this alone.

Stanford University found that just by simply receiving a check in phone call, that asked about your progress every two weeks, increased the amount of exercise someone did by 78% on average.

In this Stanford University study, participants who had received those bi-weekly check in calls were still exercising at the increased level even after 18 months.

The Department of Kinesiology at Indiana University found that couples who worked out separately had A 43% dropout rate, while those who worked together had only a 6.3% dropout rate. So get your husband or wife with you on your journey!!

I read a female only study that found that women who have committed to other women to exercise burn around 236 cal, compared to the 195 cal burned doing it without outside support and accountability.

Have you ever heard of “The Kohler Effect?” To sum it up, it means not wanting to be the “weakest link” in a group. Let me give you an example:

Say you were a part of my online accountability group and I asked everyone in there to videotape themselves holding a plank. Knowing that you wanted to inspire the others (and also knowing that competitive person in you would come out), don’t you think you’d hold that darn plank as long as you possibly could? Yeah, me too!

True story, that actually happened to me in the Los Angeles airport with my good friend Lauren. She challenged me to a plank off and at the 5 minute mark, because we’re both SO incredibly competitive and would have literally died to beat one another, we finally looked at each other and said, “Ready to stop?” We both collapsed to the floor and it hurt our abs all week to laugh (which we did often)!

Ok, I digress! Once again the statistics speak volumes because those that were part of an accountability group held their plank 160% longer than those who would just have done it on their own, by themselves.

You know they always say to surround yourself with the people you most want to be like. Make those that you communicate with on a daily basis the kind of people that encourage you to push yourself more…to “level up!”

In my 18 years of being in the fitness arena, I have witnessed this hundreds of times. It’s why group fitness classes are so popular.

However, I want to take it one step further because if you join a group that gives you more than just one hour of support and accountability… Say like an online group… Then your results will be exponentially more. It’s when you look at an online Challenge group that you really see the Power of Accountability in Weight Loss.

When someone comes to me and says I’ve been going to the gym for years but I can’t lose weight, I get excited to put them in one of my groups because I know the all day culture and camaraderie of that group will help them make the lifestyle changes that they need long term.

Visual Evidence of the Power of Accountability in Weight Loss

Let me share with you some of the results that I’ve personally witnessed from women who, at first, tried to reach their goals alone and then with a supportive group – I think the results speak for themselves:

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