How can talking on the phone help me lose weight?

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All the hours you spend chatting on your phone might do you some good -- if you use them to chat with a weight loss buddy. Supportive phone conversations help people stick to a diet better.

In a study, overweight people who had lost about 18 pounds each as part of a weight loss program were followed to see how long they kept the weight off. And people who spent time each month talking on the phone with a supportive pal did the best job. It seems there's nothing like a little personal contact and some positive human reinforcement to help you resist those daily temptations. Regularly logging on to a Web-based diet and exercise program can help you stay on track, too.

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