Nutrition News You Can Use: Lose Weight with Friends

by Charles Platkin, PhD

Nutrition News You Can Use: with Friends

Researchers from The Miriam Hospital’s Weight Control and Diabetes Research Center and The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, both in Providence, R.I., found that teammates in weight-loss competitions influence each other. According to researchers, members “not only achieved similar weight-loss outcomes, but the participants who said their teammates played a large role in their weight loss actually lost the most weight.”

It makes sense — research has demonstrated that obesity (and eating with others) can be contagious, so why not the opposite? The best way to get involved with team weight loss? Use online team-based weight-loss interventions such as, or try forming a group at work.

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