When it comes to losing weight, beginning your journey with your friends or loved ones is a good thing! In fact, one study (Wing & Jeffery, 1999) found that 95% of people who joined a weight loss program with friends or family lost weight and 66% maintained their weight loss. Also, according to our research, patients who joined our program with a partner lost, on average, 24% more weight than those who joined alone!

As many of us know, reaching a healthy weight can lead to improved appearance and confidence. It can also reduce the risk for developing over 30 health conditions and complications, including high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes. Currently, more than two-thirds of Americans are overweight or obese and don’t know where to turn for help. There is no better time to start living your healthiest life. Grab a friend, loved one, or coworker and start today.

Keep in mind, support and accountability are essential for weight loss success. Two people who understand the power of losing weight together are husband and wife Alan and Susan. They joined the Medi-Weightloss® program together and lost a combined 142 pounds†. Susan tells us, “Medi-Weightloss® has brought us so much success. Since losing weight, Alan is now taking less medication, which makes his primary care physician very happy! The staff was very encouraging and helpful. They taught us how to eat healthier and we were still able to go to restaurants together.” The husband and wife team are confident that the healthy behavior changes they learned will help them keep the weight off for good.

Need some extra motivation? No problem! Here are five ways to boost your weight loss partner’s confidence when the going gets tough:

  1. Be patient with each other. Losing weight isn’t easy so encourage each other and remember that Medi-Weightloss® is here to help!
  2. Think of exercise as bonding time. Scheduling regular workouts with your weight loss partner will help you stay accountable to each other. Put your weekly workouts in your calendar each weekend and keep the date.
  3. Give compliments. A positive comment or word of encouragement might just be that extra push your partner needs.
  4. Cook healthy (and tasty) meals together! Think meal prep Sunday! You can visit Mediweightloss.com com for some tasty and nutritious recipe ideas.
  5. Have fun. There are countless ways to have fun and burn calories at the same time. Join a local ultimate Frisbee team or try hula hooping in the driveway with the kids. If you are thinking about joining with a significant other, consider date night. Try something new like salsa dancing! Many communities offer free or low-cost classes.