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Benefits of Having a Weight Loss Buddy

By Staci Amend
December 3, 2014

If you’re a Jenny Craig member, you already know that you’re never alone—your consultant is always by your side, ready to provide advice and encouragement every step of the way. But having someone who is actually taking the journey with you can help, too. Here are just a few benefits of having a weight loss buddy who’s right there “in the trenches” with you.

They keep you accountable.
You and your buddy will become invested in one another’s success. So if there’s ever a time when you’re on the brink of blowing off your workout or indulging in a sugary splurge, call or text your friend! He or she will help you remember the reasons started this journey in the first place.

Buddies really understand.
You probably wouldn’t seek serious parenting advice from your childless girlfriend, right? So when it comes to sharing challenges and seeking solutions, it’s nice to have somebody on your team who’s experiencing some of the same things. Your weight loss pal understands what it’s like to hit a plateau, and what it’s like to realize it’s time to buy smaller clothes—and you can share all of it, together.

They can pick you up when you fall.
Nobody’s perfect… not you, not your buddy, not anyone. But if there’s one thing your buddy is perfect at, it’s helping you get back on track after a slip-up. There’s no point in letting a minor mistake create a major detour—and your friend will be there to help you find the path.

They help you celebrate wins.
Hopefully, most of the people in your life will support your journey and join you in celebrating major milestones—like hitting your halfway mark, running your first 5K or dropping a dress size. But what about all of those little wins, like the time you controlled your portions at the gourmet restaurant, or drove to the gym in a snowstorm? Those deserve recognition, too!

So how do you find a buddy?
Some people join Jenny Craig with a friend, and that’s never a bad idea—but it’s definitely not the only way. Many actually prefer the anonymity of a virtual weight loss partner to a face-to-face relationship. Lots of Jenny Craig Advanced Members are willing to act as virtual buddies from just about anywhere. You can start by poking around the Jenny Craig Community to find a U.S. support buddy in your area; you may find somebody who’s willing to meet up in person and become a workout buddy, too. And as with anything related to your journey, you can always ask your consultant to help. There may be another member at your Jenny Craig center who’s looking for a weight loss friend, too!

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