Who is keeping you accountable throughout your weight loss journey? Do you have a friend, a family member or a weight loss coach? If you don’t, you might want to reconsider.
Research indicates you could lose 3X more weight with support than dieting on your own.1
Read on to learn more about the benefits of weight loss accountability and how to choose your accountability partner!
If you’re just starting your weight loss journey, you’re probably experiencing a mix of different emotions from excitement to nervousness. As you continue through the different phases of weight loss, you might need some motivation along the way to keep you going and stay the course. We get it: Weight loss isn’t easy — especially if you’re trying to go at it alone. But you don’t have to! Here are 6 reasons why having a weight loss accountability partner can help.
1. You’ll have support from someone who understands.
Weight loss is different for everyone. But having someone who understands the highs and lows you may experience can help, especially when you’re feeling unsure or defeated. If you have a question about something, like a weight loss plateau, ask them! If you’re doubting yourself, they’ve probably been there too. Your accountability partner can share tips that worked for them and might work for you as well.
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2. You could lose more weight.
One of the best reasons to have an accountability partner: You could lose more weight.1
Research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that overweight and obese women following a structured weight loss program with one-on-one support lost three times more weight over a 2-year period than those following the usual care (general weight loss and exercise advice accompanied with a check-in twice a month).1 The structured weight loss group also reported “improved physical and mental quality of life at 12 months compared with usual care.”1
3. You’ll have someone to keep you motivated.
We’ve all had those days when getting off the couch seems impossible. Sometimes, you just need a little motivation to get moving! Your accountability partner can help you with that, too. Whether you schedule a time to chat on the phone during a walk or check-in with each other before an early morning workout, your weight loss pal can help hold you accountable — and make the activity a little more fun! Check out these 5 other benefits of a fitness buddy.
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4. You can discuss and navigate difficult situations together.
Trying to lose weight on your own can be difficult and frustrating. It’s part of the reason why most fad diets don’t work. Without someone to keep you motivated after gaining a few pounds or overindulging after a stressful day, you might be tempted to give up on your goals altogether.
With someone there to help you navigate these kinds of situations, you might be better equipped to stick to your goals. So you gained a few pounds, your buddy will be there to help you get back on track. If you overindulged, call up your friend and discuss why that might have happened, how you feel and steps you can take to make healthier choices at your next meal.
5. You might eat healthier.
A recent study by Ashton University found that social media users ate more fruits and vegetables if they perceived their friends were eating similar foods.2 Conversely, users who observed their friends eating unhealthy foods were likely to eat more junk food.2 Choose an accountability partner that wants to improve their eating habits just like you! You can both order a healthy lunch and say “pass!” to adding french fries or a soda to your meal.
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6. You can celebrate your successes together!
Maybe you’re celebrating a non-scale victory like fitting into your favorite pair of jeans, or perhaps you’ve reached your goal weight — whatever the reason may be, your accountability partner will be there to celebrate your win! Taking the time to celebrate every victory — no matter how small or big — is an important part of your journey.
How to choose your weight loss accountability partner
Now that you know the benefits of having an accountability partner, let’s take a look at how to best choose one.
1. Find someone you can count on.
A weight loss accountability partner should be just that: someone you can rely on! You don’t want someone constantly bailing on workout plans or skipping your healthy meal-prep planning calls. Choose a person who is committed to supporting you and your goals and will be there for you throughout your journey.
2. Choose a partner with similar goals.
If your partner doesn’t have any weight to lose, they might not fret about eating an extra cookie — but overtime, following your partner’s lead might adversely affect your intentions. Find a buddy who has a similar goal in mind: maybe it’s to lose a certain amount of weight or complete a 5K by the end of the year. This way, you can work together toward a shared goal. Your goals don’t need to be exactly the same, just similar enough so you can relate to each other and support each other appropriately.
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3. Make sure they’re not too competitive.
A little competition never hurt anyone, right? Healthy competition can be fun and is a great way to fuel your motivation, but if your partner is constantly trying to one-up you when it comes to exercise or weight loss, they might not be the best fit. Find someone who will support you no matter what.
4. Find someone who knows their stuff.
If you want a little more guidance when it comes to effective weight loss strategies, connecting with a professional coach — like one from Jenny Craig — might be best for you. A weight loss expert can give you tools and tips specific to your lifestyle that can help you reach your goals. Their experience can make all the difference when it comes to making choices that will positively impact your journey. They’ve helped others reach their goals — now let them help you reach yours!
We hope you have all the motivation you need to pick out your weight loss accountability partner! Interested in connecting with a professional weight loss coach? Jenny Craig makes it simple. Contact us or get started on one of all-inclusive weight loss plans today.
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Elisa is a content marketing manager for Jenny Craig with over ten years of experience working in the health and fitness industry. She loves sharing her passion for living a balanced and healthy lifestyle. An endurance sports enthusiast, she is usually swimming in the pool, biking along the coast highway or running by the beach in her free time. Elisa holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from California State University, Chico.
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