When I first started Weight Watchers my son and I started our journey together..one month after he left for college my Cousin moved here. My cousin started his lifestyle change and lost 74 pounds. Buddy up helps because your accountability is daily and not just once a week at a weight watchers meeting. Let's take a look at the benefits when you buddy up!
Having a partner when you are dieting and exercising is not only enjoyable, but also will increase your chances for success. Each person provides positive reinforcement to the other. When one is down, the other provides inspiration and words of encouragement.
In addition to the positive reinforcement, a spirit of competition is a healthy way to "keep the fire burning" and shed those unwanted pounds. This competitiveness can push an individual to avoid unnecessary calories, walk an extra mile or stick to the dreaded morning calisthenics.
It is so easy when dieting and exercising alone to become lax. Eating an extra helping, skipping an exercise session or completely giving up on a program is not as difficult for a loner. When you commit to a partner or a group, there is usually a greater chance that you will succeed. Quitting or failing to adhere to the plan carries a degree of guilt or shame that the individual seeks to avoid. Fear of failure will help outweigh the desire to quit.
When participating with a partner or group in a planned regimen, dieting and exercise can become fun rather than a dreaded chore. Together you can plan dietary menus, exercise that provides fun as well as benefits, and set individual and group goals.
A common reason for failure when dieting or exercising alone is boredom. There is no doubt about it! Dieting and exercise is often BORING! Companionship can defeat that boredom. Suddenly, it is no longer a lonely venture to improve your health. It is a fun time to share the experience with a friend or a group of friends.
Companions can offer diet recipes, workout techniques, fun ways to exercise, encouragement, goals and most of all, support. You will increase your odds of success exponentially by enlisting a friend.
Bottom Line: Buddy Up!!!