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April 27, 2009 11:54 PM

Weight Loss: Gain support to lose weight with buddy system

Weight-loss confidants can talk you down before you inhale the doughnuts in the break room, maybe cajoling you into going for a walk instead. They also can rejoice with you in another 5 pounds shed. "The key is shared commitment of beliefs and values," says Daniel Stettner, director of psychology for UnaSource Health Center, a medical and surgical complex in Troy, Mich.

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