Instead of just eating together, we also try to exercise together. After dinner, instead of plopping down on the couch to watch TV, we take a walk around the neighborhood. It’s a small change but during our walk we talk about our days and go further than we would if we were walking alone. Social support can be a big factor in weight loss and maintenance. In a study published this year in the Journal of Obesity, researchers reported that among participants in a 6-month weight-loss program, those who joined with a friend lost significantly more weight (an average of 13 pounds vs. 8 pounds).