To maintain weight loss or weight gain, you need a strong support system. Even the toughest fitness fanatic falls off the wagon at some point, so having support and guidance from others is important. The hard part? In the fitness community, most people are going through weight loss, weight gain, or muscle building. Weight maintainers are the minority, so it’s hard to find a place for us.
Fortunately, there’s no need to feel lonely anymore. Here are the top 3 weight maintenance websites, where you’ll find resources, forums, and other maintainers.
1. 3 Fat Chicks
The website has not one but THREE separate forums for weight maintainers and they address the three key areas every maintainer should know: literature, life as a maintainer, and body image after weight loss (Maintain Weight Forever will also address these areas in more detail in the future). On the website you’ll find people who have been maintaining for decades! What better motivation is that? Everyone is friendly and welcoming to any questions you have, so don’t be afraid to ask for advice during the transition from weight loss or weight gain to weight maintenance.
One of the biggest weight loss communities online, and inspiration for the New York Times Bestselling book The Spark: The 28-Day Breakthrough Plan for Losing Weight, Getting Fit, and Transforming Your Life, Sparkpeople has great articles and four active forums for maintainers. You can even start your own maintenance group if you want to e.g. a group for the former obese. The biggest weight maintenance group on the website has over 10,000 members!
After meeting your goal weight, hop over to the Maintenance forum. There you can post and respond to messages with other maintainers. There is even a weekly weigh in so you’re held accountable instead of falling off the wagon. The forum has maintainers from all walks of life: former overweight and obese, former underweight, people who recovered from eating disorders, etc. You’re sure to find someone with a journey like yours.
As you can see, the best weight maintenance resources are hidden within general fitness websites. Be sure to visit the weight loss and weight gain areas of these websites too so you can advise those still losing or gaining weight. When you sign up, remember to mention who sent you! Good luck, maintainer!