Buddy System Encourages Weight Loss

If you’re trying to lose weight, you may be more successful if you partner with a family member or friend who has similar goals.

A study published in the Oct. 26 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine revealed that enrollment with a buddy in a comprehensive program enhanced weight loss among 344 African-American participants—but only if they attended sessions together.

Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine ran the 2-year study to help participants achieve and maintain a 5%–10% weight loss. The program involved self-monitoring of food intake, physical activity, pedometer use, group sessions with weight and activity checks, and community-based field workshops (cooking demonstrations, gym visits).

After 24 months, those who enrolled in the program with a friend or family member lost more weight than those who entered the program alone.

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  • Dentist Pasadena  November 3, 2009 at 6:55 pm

    This is a very interesting study. Thanks for posting this.

  • lize from howtoloseweightinaweekonline.com  November 3, 2009 at 10:38 pm

    Most women do better when they have someone to support and to encourage and vice versa.To know exactly what effect it has formally just lets us know that you cannot try to lose weight all by yourself.

  • Linda Hibbard  November 4, 2009 at 12:31 pm

    Try wearing wearable weights like “Body Togs” anatomically designed weighted sleeves worn on your arms & legs under your clothes. Put them on in the morning and you literally forget you have them on while increasing your calorie burn, muscle tone & bone density! Weighted vests work great too!

  • april  November 4, 2009 at 8:12 pm

    My best friend and I went organic together 10 months ago. We live 600 miles apart, but we supported each other over phone the whole way. She has lost 135 lbs and I have lost 25 lbs! That is just from eating organic and cooking instead of eating processed. The weird thing is that we weren’t even trying to lose weight (she had given up) we were trying to get all of the chemicals out of our diets. We eat as much as we want. It just has to be chemical free!

  • Baltimore  November 8, 2009 at 10:03 pm

    Working with a partner towards a common goal, what a cool strategy!
    Thank you for an idea!

  • weight loss program  November 13, 2009 at 6:42 am

    Thanks for posting this I love to find out about new diets

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