If you’re sticking to your New Year’s resolution to get healthy and lose weight, good for you. But if the cold, dark, grey winter days are making it more challenging to meet your goals, you may need a boost. And new research shows that hanging out with your friends can help.
A new study of more than two million people who participate in commercial weight loss programs, like WW (formerly Weight Watchers), finds that the “buddy system” can speed up weight loss. Scientists say the use of peer effects - or the buddy system - provides a sense of support, which really helps us stay motivated and resist temptation, and that’s key to staying on track with weight loss.
Researchers found that when dieters were around their friends who had lost weight, their success stories helped encourage them and spur them on with their own weight loss journey. And you don’t need to be in a commercial weight loss program to get the same results. Buddying up can be done with a friend who has similar weight loss goals, to make hitting the gym and resisting that glass of wine that much easier. Going it alone is tougher, so let one of your besties help make it easier.