Can having a weight-loss partner help me lose weight?

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Marisa Moore
Nutrition & Dietetics

While there’s no guarantee that having a partner can help you lose weight, having someone to hold you accountable can be beneficial. If for nothing more than avoiding embarrassment, you are less likely to skip a workout if you commit to meeting a friend to do it versus going alone. In fact, there is research to support this. There’s even a notion that choosing a friend who’s just a little bit more fit than you can push you to achieve your fitness goals even faster.

In addition, having a weight loss or workout partner helps the time pass faster and gives you a ready-made celebration crew.

James O. Hill
Nutrition & Dietetics
It might. Women in particular do better on a weight-loss program if they have someone to exercise with and check in with regularly to report their progress. Men seem to do better when they keep their weight-loss program private. Bottom line: Do whatever works for you.

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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.