The Buddy Plan

By: Tom Rooney

Dropping weight is a very hard thing to do.  You have to make changes to your existing way of life in order to accomplish this.  There is the change in diet where calories are watched for the amount that goes into the body, and then there is the exercise regiment that will burn the calories you have consumed.  You need some help to get you where you need to be.  You need a diet and exercise buddy.

For one person to do this is near impossible without some sort of support program.  You need a buddy to help you over the tough spots and keep you on the goal.  What you need in a diet and exercise pal is unique to every person and each is motivated in their own way, but some of the basic things to look for in a buddy are below:



  1. Misery loves company – By this I mean that if you have weight to lose, you should seek out someone that has the same issues.  Now you have to be careful here because if you seek out someone that has not been pushing them self you may find that they can easily talk you out of that exercise session or give a great excuse to have a not-so-good-for-you snack.


  2. The military way – Here if you are so inclined, you should seek out someone that has a precision regiment well under way.  You know they type, solid as a rock and eats bird food for meals.  You have to be careful on what you get yourself into here since they may not have the attitude to tolerate “weak” behavior.  You’re not used to the lifestyle and they are not used to someone that can’t grasp their lifestyle.  If this works for you, you can expect great results.


  3. The more the merrier - If you can find a support group of more than 3 individuals this can work out for you as well.  Here you have individuals that work as a group and get you involved in all sorts of help.  They can come up with better exercises and menu structure than just having one person.  It’s a little harder to get a shy overweight person involved in a group like this, but remember that every person in this group is feeling that they have weight to lose as well.


  4. Get a professional – If you have a problem with finding a friend or joining a group, you can always pay for a professional trainer.  They will set up a regimented diet and exercise plan and map out goals for you to obtain. These services are not free, but can definitely get you where you want to be.


  5. Turn to family – A spouse, significant other, sibling, cousin, aunt, uncle, etc.  With the epidemic of obese people in the world, there’s a good chance someone else in your immediate or extended family has a weight problem as well.  You can hook up with them even if they live far away.  With the internet and cell phones, individuals that were once thought to be too far are now just a click or phone call away.


However you approach this problem, it’s been proven that those that work with someone else for drive and encouragement do much better and stay with the program almost 3 to 1.  If you have some weight to drop, just look for some extra help.

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