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Study Shows That You Can Double Your Weight Loss Results with This One Aid

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Couples who lose weight together benefit the most

Are you willing to do whatever it takes to double your weight loss and help someone in the process? Here is what one study found that could make it happen for you.


According to a recent study published in the medical journal JAMA Internal Medicine, researchers found that simply encouraging your spouse or significant other to join you can help the both of you give up smoking easier, stick to an exercise regimen, and lose more weight than if you tried improving on any of these health habits on your own.

Here is a news video by NBC affiliate station WSFA in Montgomery, Alabama that covered the research:

WSFA.com Montgomery Alabama news.

The study involved nearly 4,000 married and cohabitating couples with the focus on examining the influence of partner’s behavior on making positive health behavior changes in the areas of smoking, physical inactivity and obesity.

According to the findings of the researchers at University College London who performed the study, sharing is truly caring when a couple committed to each other cares enough to share the burden over improving each other’s health. When comparing the result couples can achieve over those who go it alone, love trumps all as can be seen from the following results:

Quitting Smoking

• Men had a 48% success rate with a partner, but only an 8% success rate without a partner.

• Women had a 50% success rate with a partner, and only an 8% success rate without.

Initiating an Exercise Program

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• Men had a 67% success rate with a partner, but only a 26% success rate without a partner.

• Women had a 66% success rate with a partner, and only a 24% success rate without.

Losing Weight

• Men had a 26% success rate with a partner, but only a 10% success rate without a partner.

• Women fared better achieving a 36% success rate with a partner, and a 15% success rate without.

The authors of the study concluded that men and women are more likely to make a positive health behavior change if their partner does too; thereby recommending that involving partners in behavior change interventions may lead to improved outcomes.

For more about how having a health buddy can make a difference, here is an informative article about how to convince your friends to exercise with you using these 4 motivators.


NBC affiliate station WSFA “A supportive partner can help with health goals like weight loss, stopping smoking

"The Influence of Partner’s Behavior on Health Behavior Change" JAMA Intern Med. 2015;175(3):385-392; Sarah E. Jackson et al.