The­bud­dy­diet

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At­ten­tion, fit­ness bud­dies! While it’s true that hav­ing a work­out buddy is great, it turns out that when you ap­ply the same ac­count­abil­ity to a diet, hav­ing a part­ner may ac­tu­ally harm your health, ac­cord­ing to a new study in the Jour­nal of Health Psy­chol­ogy. When fe­male room­mates both di­eted, the pairs re­ported more anx­i­ety, de­pres­sion, and dis­or­dered eat­ing com­pared to when one roomie watched what she ate and the other noshed as she nor­mally would. The women on a joint diet didn’t lose no­tably more weight than friends who ate as they nor­mally would to­gether—less than one pound to be ex­act. On the flip side, a study in JAMA In­ter­nal Medicine found that when one part­ner in a co­hab­it­ing cou­ple made a healthy be­hav­iour change, such as quit­ting smok­ing or exercising more, the other was more likely to fol­low suit.

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