If one person on a weight-loss program is good, then one person with a partner must be better, right? In most cases, the answer is yes.

A buddy can be an encourager, a confidante, a co-conspirator, and a calming influence. She can persuade you to put on your walking shoes and go for a stroll when you’d rather be vegging out in front of the TV or pigging out at the mall. She’ll listen attentively when you confess to eating a whole bag of chocolate-chip cookies, then suggest that the two of you play a couple of sets of tennis that afternoon.

So how do you go about recruiting someone for this all-important position? Use some common sense, and trust your instincts. If you run into trouble every morning at the office when the pastry cart comes around, consider asking the person in the next cubicle to be your morale booster. If you need someone to coax you out of bed for your 6:00 A.M. workout, maybe your spouse is the weight-loss partner for you.

Nobody at home with you? Look on the Internet. There are all kinds of weight-loss chat rooms, including those connected with the Web sites of organizations like Weight Watchers and Jenny Craig.

Once you think that you’ve found your weight-loss buddy, tell that person what you expect. Are you looking for moral support? A workout partner? Somebody to talk to when the going gets rough? Make your wants and needs clear. That’s the only way that your buddy can help you.


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