Weight loss is easier when you have a support network. This isn't just supposition - according to a study published in the journal Obesity, people who attempted community-based weight loss were generally more successful. In fact, their success rate was linked to how much they relied on and participated in the community. Put simply: If you have people to talk about weight loss with, you're more likely to actually lose the weight.

One way you can create your own community is to have a weight-loss buddy. This is a person who is also trying to lose weight and with whom you team up. You and your buddy provide each other with solidarity and support and generally make the process of losing weight much easier. Here are five reasons you should find your very own weight-loss buddy:

1. Tips and advice

Even the most comprehensive weight-loss programs don't have the answers for every single little moment. We'd like to think the Food Lover's Fat Loss System can guide you through most of them, but the odds are still good your journey toward healthier habits is going to be punctuated with times when you have no idea what you're doing. That's where having a buddy becomes a huge advantage. Most little roadblocks are things everyone hits at some point. Your buddy might have already had that issue, and have advice about how to overcome it.

Even if he or she has never faced your particular situation before, he or she can still be a sounding board. Having an extra person around to come up with ideas improves your chance of figuring out the issue.

Swapping healthy recipes is just one way you and your buddy can give each other advice. Swapping healthy recipes is just one way you and your buddy can give each other advice.

2. Shared struggles

Sometimes you just need someone to whom you can complain. Although weight loss comes with plenty of rewards, there are also moments of struggle. Maybe you're frustrated by a plateau, or your exercises are not challenging enough anymore. These are times when a friend can take some of that emotional load. Even just talking about a problem can make it seem a lot easier, so don't be afraid to turn to your buddy when you're looking for a judgment-free whining session.

3. Encouragement

The flip side of whining is encouragement, and that's probably the most heartening thing your weight-loss buddy can do for you. Having someone there to remind you that you can do it and how far you've come can help get you out of your own head. Most people are much harder on themselves than they'd ever be on a friend - take your buddy's cues on how to talk to yourself about your efforts.

4. Keeps you honest

It's easy to fall off track sometimes, but having someone you regularly talk to about weight loss can help stop that from happening. When you have a buddy, you have someone who is expecting your support. You won't want to let him or her down, so you'll keep in touch. This means you're a lot more likely to get back to eating healthily and exercising, since you're still there, mentally.

5. Friendship

"Your weight-loss buddy might become one of your best friends."

At the risk of sounding totally cheesy, there's a good chance your weight-loss buddy will become one of your best friends. After all, it's hard to talk about weight loss to people who aren't currently trying to lose weight. This wouldn't be a problem, except that it's also hard to stay on track if healthy habits aren't a regular part of your life outside of meals and exercise. Talking to your buddy about what you're doing and why will be a bonding experience you might not find in many other places.

If you don't already have a weight-loss buddy, check out The Food Lovers Fat Loss System. Our online community and message boards will help you find someone to team up with.

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