Weigh and Win participants who join the team challenge lose more weight over the course of a year than participants who do not join the challenge. Why do you think that is? Well, it turns out being healthy is something contagious you want to catch!
A study found that social networks largely influence weight. If your close social networks (friends, family) have unhealthy habits and are overweight or obese, you’re more likely to have these same unhealthy habits and weight. Conversely, if the people around you are healthy or working to develop healthier habits, you’re more likely to develop those habits and lose weight as well. The researcher in the study concluded that “people are connected, and so their health is connected.”
The team challenge is a great way to connect with the people in your life; friends, family and co-workers, and work together to develop healthy habits.
Don’t take our word for it, here’s how the team challenge (and the support of their teammates) helped these Weigh and Win participants improve their health.
What People Are Saying
- “I’ve tried to lose weight by myself before and every time I did that – I gained weight. Having a team that supports you and being able to go online and see how other are people are doing – you feel like you are in an overall larger team and it motivates you.”
– Steve, The Freedom Fat Fighters Team
1st place Weight Loss, 2014 ‘Winter Weigh-off’ Challenge
- “To help encourage each other during the team challenge, we set up a group texting conversation using Group Me and checked-in to share our daily goals, struggles and encourage each other.”
-Jennifer, Team Heckle
3rd place Weight Loss, 2015 ‘Spring Into Action’ Team Challenge
- “Seeing all of it go into one big bucket and how all of your efforts you did individually contributed to the overall group was really helpful.”
– Richard, The Bod Squad
1st place Weight Loss, 2013 ‘ Fall Into Fitness’ Challenge