Want to peel off those unwanted pounds, pronto? Double your chances of weight loss success by joining forces with a like-minded (read eager to slim down) buddy -- or two or three. Turns out that social networks have a tremendous impact on how you behave when it comes to health, whether you are trying to stop lighting up or are intent on lightening up.
Weight gains and losses are especially susceptible to the influence of friends and family: A woman's chances of being obese increase nearly 60% if her BFF is gaining, too, and rises about 40% if a sibling or husband starts tipping the scales.
The message behind this research isn't to move into a Wi-Fi-free cave if you want to slim down, but to use the power of friendship to meet your weight loss goals. If you don't believe it works, you've never watched The Biggest Loser.
Here are some tips for creating your own team approach to weight loss:
- Dine together. Making healthful, low-cal meals night after night is