In an article posted at the Harvard Business Review online, one physician argues that doctors often prescribe costly treatments when simple lifestyle changes could work just as well. According to a New Zealand study, the key to making those changes stick is emotional support:
Overweight women who met regularly with a nurse and a fellow dieter or "buddy" for a brief keep-the-weight-off chat were just as likely to maintain weight loss over a two-year period as women who undertook a much more costly program involving nutritionists and personal trainers.
This mirrors what we've seen during weight loss challenges: Coworkers become a huge source of motivation. Click through to the full article to read about the doctor's three simple tips for successful weight loss:
- Connect with a weight-loss "buddy"
- Don't get hung up on a specific diet
- Exercise regularly