Getting a weight loss buddy (fit buddy) is one of the most crucial steps in losing weight (getting fit) that is most over looked.
Does a Weight Loss Buddy (Fit Buddy) Really Help?
A study at Miriam Hospital’s Weight Control and Diabetes Research Center in Rhode Island ran a 24-week behavioral weight loss program. They employed 44 volunteers that recieved support from a health professional, a fellow group member, or someone who’d lost weight previously in a trial and kept it off.
Even though all groups lost weight, those that were supported by fellow group members or professionals lost the most.
The Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology1 published research from Brown Medical School and Dartmouth University (USA). Doctors found that those who had the support of a buddy who successfully lost weight were more successful at losing weight themselves.
Another study from Indiana University2 showed a 12 month drop-out rate of 43 percent among individuals who joined the program alone. In comparison only 6 percent drop-out among couples and friends participating in a fitness program.
Ways a Weight Loss Buddy (Fit Buddy) Can Help
- Help motivate and support each other
- Compliment on successes
- Someone to exercise with (if in same local area)
- Learn from each other
What to Look for in a Weight Loss Buddy (Fit Buddy)
Most of us feel and do better with friends, buddies, co-workers and associates that we can see eye to eye with and enjoy some of the same activities.
Differences between friends and weight loss buddy (fit buddy) carry some major differences
- Needs to share like minded goals
- Needs to be accountable and willing to hold you accountable
- Willing to tell you what you need to hear, not necessarily what you want to hear
If you don’t have anyone locally to buddy up with you can always hire a trainer or join a forum.
1J Consult Clin Psychol. 2005 Apr;73(2):341-3
The Miriam Hospital/Brown Medical School and University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, North Dartmouth 02747, USA
Gorin A1, Phelan S, Tate D, Sherwood N, Jeffery R, Wing R.
2J Sports Med Phys Fitness. 1995 Sep;35(3):206-13.
Department of Kinesiology, Indiana University, Bloomington, USA.
Wallace JP, Raglin JS, Jastremski CA.