Increase Your Chances of Losing Weight

Did you know that SparkPeople members who post on the Community Message Boards are more likely to lose weight than those who do not? In fact, in a recent survey, message board users lost more weight and stayed with the program longer than non-posters. Have you thought about using the Message Boards, but you’re just not sure how they might help you? 
There are a number of benefits to participating on the Message Boards, which serve as a great source of motivation and support as you work toward your goals. You’ll meet people going through similar experiences who help one another remain accountable and stay on-track. Just not sure whether you’re the “message board type”? Take a look and see what they have to offer—you might be surprised!
The boards are also a great place to get advice from the SparkPeople Resident Experts. Do you feel like you’re doing everything right but not seeing results? Are you having trouble getting motivated? Are you bored with your current workout routine? Not sure how to use a feature on the site? These are all issues the Experts (and fellow members) can help with! 
As effective as they are, Message Boards can be intimidating to a new user. Here are some tips to help you get started and make the best of your experience:
  • Take your time looking through the different forums and support groups. Everyone here is welcoming and wants to help one another, so feel free to pop into any of the threads and say hello! 
  • Start a new thread in the “Introduce Yourself” forum and soon many members will join the thread to welcome you!
  •  Personalize your experience.  Set up your member profile (including a picture) to help people get to know you. Your picture could be of you or anything else that represents who you are. 
  • Don’t be afraid to ask for help! 
We’re glad you are here and hope to see you on the Message Boards soon!
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Member Comments

Good article. Report
I have connected w/so many wonderful fellow-sparkers in the various communities. It is a total key to success. Just have t be sure that I use my time on line wisely. Report
I have the time since I normally get up early each morning. My excuse is that as long a I am eating something healthy, I track my food and water intake. But if or when I get the sugar craving... I do not track those empty calories.

Probably why my scale will not budge. Report
You can be own hete all day if you don't catch yourself. But it's so much great stuff. Report
I am in the same boat with many of you, not enough time in the day. I constantly forget to log my workouts. I do like to read posts while I drink a cup of java. It helps rev me up for my workout. I think being accountable is the key and when you make a habit of letting people know your goals and your progress you are more likely to follow through. Report
I love the message boards. They are a great way to get support and information. Report
I absolutely love Sparks People web site! I am inspired by all of you. I am really struggling with loosing weight. I think about food all of the time. when i journal i eat healthy foods , i love vegetables and fruit and fish and sweets , it is my portion control and probably lack of exercise and lack of drinking enough water. I do not like pops/soda so that is not the problem. I do not like to plan my meals ahead of time...... i just grab and go. HELP Report
I must admit I don't always post on the message boards - I don't have enough time and if I start reading posts and commenting/sharin
g I lose track of time and get distracted from my tasks of the day. Maybe I need to set aside a specific time to do just that if it will increase my success of losing weight Report
I've never been one to lose weight by chance as the title of the article suggested, so I've developed a habit of spending time when possible all over Funny though, I only arrived here because of sparkpeople in the first place. Thanks again! Report
i was reading an article to get spark points about increasing your chances of losing weight and it said that the message boards are a great place for encouragement and motivation, but as many have said there are lot of posts and only 24 hours in a day, meaning less ttime for excerise. I normally go on morning bike rides or hikes and when come back do my strength training then do whatever I want until my evening workout Report
you can spend your whole day here but you just need to set a timer just about and stop and get on with the day Report
I have a few of my favorite message boards that I check in on regularly. I agree, though, sometimes it can turn into too much time on the computer! On the flip side, it keeps me motivated, reading about other people's motivations and goals. So in the end, it keeps me eating healthier more often and exercising harder, so for me the extra screen time is worth it. Report
I agree, you can learn some interesting things, and keep motivation up! But, I do have to watch how much time I spend. Report
I'm glad that some people find the message boards helpful, but it doesn't follow that any person who starts using the message boards will end up being more successful. Personally, I find less screen time = more exercise. Report
I agree with ruthxg it seems there is so much reading we don't have time to do anything else but sit at the computer and read read read and post on message boards. Report


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Jen Mueller
Jen Mueller
Jen received her master's degree in health promotion and education from the University of Cincinnati. A mom and avid runner, she is an ACE-certified personal trainer, health coach and medical exercise specialist, with additional certifications in behavior change, functional training and senior fitness. She is also a RRCA-certified running coach. See all of Jen's articles.