We’ve heard it time and time again: Grabbing a partner will significantly increase your chances of sticking to your exercise or dieting routine. From having added support to feeling like your actions are accountable to another person, the buddy system is a great way to stay motivated and on track with your health goals.
When that partner is your spouse or significant other, the differences in how men and women go about losing weight not only become apparent, but may also become a contentious issue. Luckily, there are ways to bridge that gender gap so that communication stays open and support remains constant.
To gain some insight into how and why this dynamic plays out, it’s necessary to turn to biology and psychology to hammer out some of the finer points. In the book, “Weight Watchers, He Loses, She Loses,” the differences in how men and women lose weight is explored using science, market and consumer research to dispel myths and set some guidelines. If you’re interested in delving into a new diet with your partner or would like to see your partner become more healthy, this read might help guide you along. The book comes from one of the most trusted names in weight loss, as Weight Watchers been a successful program for more than 40 years.
Have you had experience in using the buddy system with a spouse to trim down or firm up? If so, let us know what your experience has been! We’d love to put the facts of biology and psychology to the real test.