Married couples who attend
weight loss programs together may
lose more weight, eat more
nutritious foods and have lower
blood pressure than their single
Spouses can be effective partners in
weight loss, especially when making
dietary changes together, according
to results recently presented at the
annual meeting of the Society of
study involved 1,753 subjects
enrolled in one of three
evidence-based weight-loss programs,
including 132 married couples. Six
months after the program began,
couples enrolled together lost an
average of 5.32% more weight than
the other participants. And at one
year, couples had lost 5.34% more
weight. Couples had better blood
pressure at six months. At one year,
couples tended to have increased
their consumption of vegetables.
They also ate less high-fat protein
and fast food.
Couples who reported that they
supported each other well in the
programs were more active and had
lost more weight by six months.
Husbands with greater spousal
support had better physical activity
and tended to weigh less at six
months, but spousal support was not
significantly related to outcomes
among wives. The finding that men
benefit more from support than women
is true across lots of different
types of health outcomes, according
to the lead researcher.
Regardless of the kind of
weight-loss program, couples that
participated together did better by
frequently see couples and very
often get wonderful results, as long
as both are invested in the process.
Simply put, it is the support you
can offer each other, even if
individual needs differ. It is not
easy making major lifestyle changes.
When someone close to you provides
support, it makes accomplishing the
task that much easier.