BY ABC News Radio
(NEW YORK) — Two brains are better than one when it comes to tackling certain things, but a new study indicates that when it comes to weight loss, a person’s chance of shedding pounds is greater when they don’t team up with a partner.
dieted together generally failed separately.
The In a study published in the journal Eating Behaviors, researchers assessed 50
overweight duos who made New Year’s resolutions to lose weight, and found those who
researchers found that when a person was successful in regulating his or her diet and was able to eat healthier, that made their partner less confident in controlling his or her own food portions.
According to study author Jennifer Jill Harman, people “feel less confident achieving their goals when they see others succeeding at the same goals.”
For heterosexual couples, comparing weight loss can be even more frustrating, especially for women. Research at the Mayo Clinic has found that men tend to lose weight and keep it off easier than women because guys have more muscle, which helps burn off more calories and increase their metabolism.