Spouses might be poles apart when it comes to fitness and weight loss, but a new study has proclaimed that when one of the spouses embraces healthy habits and tries to lose weight, there is a maximum chance that the other spouse too will lose weight. This is popularly termed as the ‘ripple effect’ and weight loss instructions given to one spouse has automatic positive effects on the other spouse too.
The study looked into 130 married couples and in every pair one of the spouses was enrolled in a weight-loss program for a duration of six months. At the end of the six-months tenure, the surprising discovery was that the non-dieting partner also experienced a modest weight loss. Almost 32% of the non-dieting spouses lost 3% of their initial body weight in this period. This is appreciable as losing about 5-7% of the initial body weight can reduce the risk of a number of diseases.
While previous studies have indicated that weight loss or weight gain is affected by the people surrounding us, spouses of course must have a greater impact on our weight changes as we spend most of our precious time with them. Strong evidences do exist depicting that weight gain is contagious among spouses and friends and the latest study proves that weight loss is contagious too! In fact, it affects the entire family as any household changes are sure to impact every person residing in the house:
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Dietitian & Nutritionist Dr. Nafeesa Imteyaz.