Want to improve your odds for successful weight loss? A study published in the journal Obesity suggests teamwork can have a very positive impact. Analyzing the results of a 12-week statewide weight loss competition called 2009 Shape Up Rhode Island where 3,330 overweight participants formed 987 teams of 5 to 11 members, researchers found that individuals who lost at least 5% of their body weight tended to be clustered on the same team. The team leader often experienced the greatest amount of weight loss.

True Strength Moment: Leading by example paid off big for the leaders and other members of these very successful teams. They stayed with a program of calorie restriction and exercise by motivating each other. It just goes to show that holding yourself and others accountable can help make goals a reality. To see how the pounds add up with poor food and lifestyle choices, check out today’s Performance Blog post at

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