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Buddy Up For Dieting Success

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.