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Trying to Successfully Lose Weight? Enlist Your Partner!

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When it comes to losing weight or becoming physically active, you may be more successful if your partner does it with you. In a large study (3,722 couples) conducted in the United Kingdom, when one partner adopted one of these healthy habits, his or her partner who also needed to make the change was far more likely to do so as well.

Specifically, when both partners needed to lose weight and one partner did so, 26 to 36 percent (depending on gender) of the other partners lost weight as well. But if both partners needed to lose and one partner remained overweight, the other partner was far less likely to lose weight on his or her own, with only 15 to 19 percent reporting success. Similarly, when one partner became physically active, 66 percent to 67 percent of the other partners did so as well. However, only 24 percent to 26 percent of the partners became more physically active if their partner did not change his or her behavior.

Having a partner who already was physically active also had a positive influence—but not nearly as much—on adopting that healthy habit. But having a partner whose weight was normal did not increase the likelihood an overweight partner would lose those extra pounds.

So, if you need to lose weight or become more physically active and your partner does, too, do it together. You’re both more likely to reach your goals. 

The study was published in JAMA Internal Medicine. 




Posted in Healthy Living on January 1, 2016

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