How to lead a diet support group? With lots of support!!!
The leader plays a vital part in the diet journey. She is there to lend support with phone calls, text messages, e-mails, and the WhatsApp and Facebook groups. Calling participants regularly and encouraging them to call whether they ‘re struggling or just want some advice about a recipe makes them feel taken care of. Small gifts are also a valuable tool for motivating participants throughout the process. Most importantly, however, the leader must ensure that the group focuses only on topics, activities, and behaviors conducive to weight-loss.
A small and supportive group allows participants to get acquainted and encourage each other. For this reason, no new participants may join after the first meeting. Each participant feels like she is contributing to the group by sharing ideas and recipes, offering encouragement, and helping in activities like the salad workshop.
Our supportive menu plan is healthy, easy to prepare, and, best of all, can be maintained long-term. The menu is a wonderful guide to developing healthy eating habits for life.
The Kosloff Method is based on guidelines that help create a successful group:
- After the first trial week, participants commit to participating in meetings and investing effort long-term, in addition to their financial commitment. This method eliminates all those who are not ready to work hard. If these people remain in the group, they may interfere with the other participants’ progress.
- We speak about successes and victories and we don’t let participants share stories about failures.
- The number of participants should not exceed 25. A group this size allows members to become well acquainted, and group discussion rounds are easier to conduct.
- The group meets for at least six months. Someone recovering from years of poor eating habits needs to be in a weight-loss program for a long period of time in order to make a permanent lifestyle change.
- The program includes exercises that change participants’ way of thinking by revealing their negative thought patterns about food and eating habits. Subsequently, participants learn how to reverse negative thinking for good.