If you're trying to lose weight, don't underestimate the power of social support. Studies show that people who have a support system are more successful in their weight loss efforts. Here are some ways to rally friends and relatives to help:

  • Let the cat out of the bag. Simply telling others that you are trying to lose weight may make you feel more committed -- and more accountable.
  • Find a workout buddy. Exercise with someone whose fitness level and weight loss goals are similar to yours.
  • Anticipate temptations. If you live with family members who snack every night while watching TV, stock up on fruits and raw veggies to eat instead of the more fattening munchies.