Bring on the heat: why couples should diet together

Looking to lose weight?

You might consider dieting with your significant other.

Turns out "social dieting" not only makes weight loss fun but more successful.

Why: It might have something to do with the spirit of competition, teamwork, encouragement and gentle peer pressure.

In some cases, you may even be able to score some extra green using programs like HealthyWage.

Here are the top 3 reasons why it is a sweet idea to diet with your loved one, according to HealthyWage:

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Teamwork makes the dreamwork

Not only can losing weight with a loved one in a competition format make weight-loss easier, but also more likely since there is more accountability—one has a direct stake in the other’s success. The result is an elevated incidence of support and positive peer pressure.

In a study by Brown University, researchers found social networks and teamwork play a big role in enhancing weight loss outcomes.

“Teammates influenced each other, perhaps by providing accountability, setting expectations of weight loss, and providing encouragement and support,” according to lead study author Tricia Leahey.

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Money motivation gets you moving

You’ve heard the expression: action speaks louder than words.

And in terms of weight loss, money can be the loudest.

In fact, those who have a financial incentive to lose weight were almost five times more likely to reach their target than dieters with no money at stake, according to a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

So healthy competition between you and your loved one involving a little green could ultimately lead to more weight loss.

The key: making sure you stand to lose something if you fail and you stand to win something if you succeed.

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Weight gain and LOSS is contagious

Research shows people who hang out a lot with obese people are more likely to be overweight theselves.

Social networks and obesity are closely tied together because people “are influenced by the evident appearance and behaviors of those around them,” according to researchers at Harvard.

So the reverse is also possible.

The more you spend time with healthy people, the better chance you have at meeting your weight loss goals.

At the base of it all, “People are connected and so their health is connected,” Harvard researchers say.