Buddy Up for Weight Loss

A diet buddy can provide you with companionship, motivation, and positive encouragement. Here's how to find the right buddy for you!
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Why Seek Support?

You've decided once and for all to finally take off the extra weight you've been blaming on your last pregnancy -- which was years ago! But this time around you're going to do it right; no quick-fix diet pills, or every meal in the form of a shake for a month. So you've met with your doctor to set realistic weight loss and timeline goals; you've chosen a food management plan that fits your personality and lifestyle; you've even signed up with a personal trainer at a local gym. All your bases are covered. Right? Wrong. You've overlooked an essential component of any successful weight loss plan: support.

Success in Numbers

As kids we were told there was safety in numbers. We were encouraged to buddy up when we were out and about, the idea being our buddy would look out for us, keep us out of harms way, and give us help should we need it. That same kind of support can be extremely beneficial to anyone trying to lose weight. However, buddying up for weight loss isn't about safety in numbers, it's about success in numbers, where fellow dieters team up to help one another achieve their weight loss goals.

Any successful dieter can tell you that will power and discipline are important, but that a nurturing support system makes the difference between sticking with it and giving up. A buddy provides the moral support needed to help keep you focused and on track by being your confidant, cheerleader and drill sergeant all rolled into one. They can make it so you won't feel as if you're in the weight loss game on your own.

Continued on page 2:  Finding a Buddy


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