The Power of Community

Our members dish about how their support system helps them stay motivated to reach their goals.
Published May 24, 2017

Having a community of like-minded allies is a key component to helping you to reach your goals, whatever they may be and a support system is an integral part of the weight loss journey. They can be a sounding board for struggles, a source of inspiration and motivation, and they can provide a little “real-talk” when you need it. On top of making the journey a meaningful one, a support system can actually help you lose weight! Research has shown that those who participate in a weight-loss program with a support system lose more weight than those that go it alone.[i]

Here, some of our members share how they find support from their crew, to help keep them motivated, inspired, and determined.


On my weight-loss journey I found community in my meeting with a few specific people; people that  I sat next to and had the courage to kind of laugh and joke with. Eventually after our meetings we would go out for dinner with each other and stay on plan but still eat out.


[It’s] Huge. I think that no one can do this without support, and that’s something that WW is a leader with. The meetings and Connect…I think Connect was one of the most groundbreaking things for Weight Watchers because so many people [are] coming together to support each other, whether someone is struggling, or you are having a great week and you just want to celebrate, people are always there no matter what you need. There is always someone to turn to. That was huge for me.


I have found with Weight Watchers that there is a really big community and it is really nice because people actually kind of look out for each other. So, I’m on Connect, but I am also on Instagram so we can ask each other questions and we really support each other. It’s nice to be able to reach out and say, ‘hey, I’m going through this right now, what would you suggest?’ and it’s been very helpful because you don’t feel as alone.


Knowing that you are not the first person or the only person to go through what you are going through is huge. Losing weight, completely on my own, I don’t think I would feel as accountable as I do, and I wouldn’t have as many resources. Little tips, foods, recipes, new ways of trying new foods, things to eat and just knowing that when I have had a really bad set back that that’s ok, that everyone has setbacks, and that everyone also has accomplishments as well and that is just a part of the journey.


[i] Wing RR, Jeffrey RW. Benefits of recruiting participants with friends and increasing social support for weight loss and maintenance. J Consult Clin Psychol. 1999;67(1):132-138.