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A popular weight-loss website found that 14 percent of 285 individuals who responded to a newsletter query were going through their program as part of a couple. “Most people cringe at the idea of dieting along with a spouse,” reports Holly Little, a personal fitness coach. “They’re starting to find out that weight loss can be a positive experience and bring them closer together. There’s not as much pressure to bear the brunt of frustration along with being the sole source of motivation.”

She cites a recent Indiana University study in which couples going through a fitness program together were five times more likely to stick with it than if they tried it alone. Researchers believe that the results hold for unmarried friends as well.


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Reprinted with permission from Vibrant Life, May/June 2005. Copyright © 2006 by GraceNotes. All rights reserved. Use of this material is subject to usage guidelines.

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