I’m about 40 pounds overweight, and I just can’t seem to get rid of it on my own. So recently I joined a weekly diet support group. Although I like hearing some of the other dieters’ tips, listening to people who only have to lose “those last few pounds” just makes me feel jealous and worse about myself. How can I find group support that actually motivates me?

Turn on your computer to stay gung ho. Anonymous online diet programs or message boards are proven to enhance weight-loss efforts: Researchers from Brown University Medical School discovered that dieters who went online for encouragement lost three times more weight than people who didn’t seek support. Websites like the Fat Flush Community provide 24-hour info and “chat” service for help during the day, while chat rooms connect you to people who have similar needs and goals.

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