How can a buddy help me lose weight?

Marisa Moore
Nutrition & Dietetics

Studies show that partnering with a buddy can help with weight loss.

  • It's all about accountability. When you have a five o'clock workout scheduled, you're less likely to skip it if you have a workout buddy there to hold you to it.
  • A buddy can challenge you. If you partner with someone who's a little more physically fit than you are it may push you to new limits. 
  • A buddy can encourage you to try new things. You can swap recipes, try new healthy restaurants together or do a healthy recipe cook-off with a group.
Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)

Having a buddy can help you lose more weight than trying to go it alone. In this video, Dr. Oz discusses how it works -- and outlines how you can try a blind date with a weight-loss buddy to take off the pounds.

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Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.