By that, I mean surprising you with a carton of Ben & Jerry’s Phish Food to share while watching the Grammy’s. Or buying chocolate-covered acai berries at Trader Joe’s simply because he heard they were healthy or worse, they were on sale.
As professional hypochondriacs, we do appreciate the gesture of bonding through food but when we’re trying to lose a few, bringing these temptations into the house can really impede our efforts.
Just how much do these subtle but well-meaning efforts by our romantic partners throw us off track?
Here’s our opportunity to contribute to science and find out just how much of a problem partner sabotage is to our weight management.
Amanda G. Harp, M.A., is studying the barriers to weight loss – specifically how you-know-who can sabotage your diet – for her doctoral dissertation in clinical psychology at Clark University in Worcester, MA. Her advisor is James Cordova (You might have seen him a while back on Rachael Ray talking about “The Marriage Checkup” on which Amanda was a founding student-therapist.)
She’s in the last part of her research and needs about 20 more volunteers to complete her research. Let’s help her get her PhD!
If you can answer yes to all four of the following questions, then consider taking her survey so she can complete her dissertation.
1. Are you at least 18 years of age?
2. Have you been participating in a weight loss program for the last 5 consecutive weeks?
3. Have you been in a committed, cohabitating relationship for the last 2 years?
4. Do you ever feel like your partner/spouse gets in the way of your weight loss?
Here’s the survey website: http://tinyurl.com/PUBS-WL.
She promised she’d share the results once she’s done.
Amanda is happily donating $1 for each completed survey to your choice of 1 of 5 charities (Playworks, The Carter Center, Teach for America, Susan G. Komen for the Cure or MAP International). Those who complete the survey may opt to enter a drawing for 1 of 10 gift cards (one $100 and nine $25).
All in the name of science!