“Birds of a feather flock together.” Ever noticed how life is easier when you’re around people who share common interests or are working toward similar goals? There is a reason for this. Utilizing social support is one of the best ways to deal with and cope with stress. That is if you have access to the right people. Sometimes we all just need a little help from our friends.
The good news is research even backs this up as it relates to weight loss. In a study exploring the benefits of utilizing friends and social support during the weight loss process, Wing and Jeffrey (1999) recruited participants either alone or with three friends or family members and assigned them to a standard behavioral treatment with social support strategies.
Participants who were recruited with friends had greater weight losses at the end of the four month treatment and ten month follow-up.