Trying to lose weight encourages others to do the same. Image source: bigstockphoto
Having a partner on a diet may help you lose weight too

A new study that followed 130 couples over six months reports that when one member of a couple commits to losing weight the other one will lose weight too, even if not actively engaged in this direction. The researchers called this “the ripple effect”. Approximately one third of the partners not engaged in a diet lost three percent or more of their body weight despite not participating in any active intervention. Researchers explain that this is due to the positive influence from the partners dedicated to losing weight. The positive changes in their behavior are copied by the people around them.

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Scientific publication: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/oby.22098/full