How a Buddy Can Affect Your Long Term Goals

Dr. Oz and Dr. Roizen often recommend getting a buddy to help with your weight-loss goals, but have you ever asked yourself, "What can my buddy do for me? Can he or she really help me reach my goals?" Think you can forgo the buddy idea and go at it your weight-loss goals alone? The research on weight loss and maintenance says you can't. A new study finds that those individuals who try to maintain weight loss on their own regain all their weight in a 2 year period. The study specifically followed 2 groups of overweight individuals that were given access to a website designed to promote long term weight loss maintenance. Although study participants lost similar amounts during the first 6 months, those individuals that consistently used the interactive website retained 44% of their initial weight loss after 30 months.

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Dr. Oz and Dr. Roizen often recommend getting a buddy to help with your weight-loss goals, but have you ever asked yourself, "What can my buddy do for me? Can he or she really help me reach my goals?" Think you can forgo the buddy idea and go at it your weight-loss goals alone? The research on weight loss and maintenance says you can't. A new study finds that those individuals who try to maintain weight loss on their own regain all their weight in a 2 year period. The study specifically followed 2 groups of overweight individuals that were given access to a website designed to promote long term weight loss maintenance. Although study participants lost similar amounts during the first 6 months, those individuals that consistently used the interactive website retained 44% of their initial weight loss after 30 months.

Individuals that used the website infrequently regained 100% of their weight back. The rationale for the success is that the interaction with the website provided accountability and feedback - 2 essential components that your buddy can provide you right now. Pick up the phone or email your buddy today; it could make all the difference in the world!

Blog written by Kristin Kirkpatrick, MS, RD, LD
Kristin Kirkpatrick is a registered dietitian and Wellness Manager for Cleveland Clinic’s Lifestyle 180 program. Kristin has...