Many people are under the misconception that effective weight loss is a solo affair. In reality, having a partner helps you lose more weight and keep it off longer. By teaming up with a buddy, you’ll beat the odds together by losing twice the weight in record time.
Research shows that in order to make a healthy behavioral change, it makes a huge difference if you work with someone who’s in the same boat as you. A buddy can model good behavior as well as offer empathy and encouragement. It’s often best to team up with a total stranger rather than a family member or friend, since it’s harder for someone who knows you well to remain neutral about your endeavor.
Before you start, go over the following with your buddy:
1. How much weight do you want to lose?
This question helps you set a goal so you know what you’re working toward.
2. What’s the main reason you gained all your weight?
This question allows you to get a historical perspective of one another and helps you come to grips with how you may have tripped up in the past.
3. What’s your biggest vice?
This question allows you both to help each other avoid landmines that may be present that day, such as an office party.