By SWNS Staff


Americans can’t follow through with diets or exercise without someone to hold them accountable, according to new research.

The survey asked 2,000 Americans found 53% would fail a diet or exercise routine if they pursued these goals alone.

It’s no surprise then that 71% shared they are more likely to follow through with these goals if they have someone to hold them accountable.

Conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Nutrisystem, the survey found that just over four in 10 respondents also said they’re more likely to start a healthy habit when partnered with a friend or loved one as opposed to on their own.

This inspiration to start a healthy habit seems to have been amplified during quarantine as well, as 55% shared that hunkering down at home due to COVID-19 was the push they needed to pursue a healthier diet and more active lifestyle.

Another inspirational nudge to lead a healthier lifestyle is as simple as lending a hand and helping their loved ones pursue their own goals.

All of these factors seem to contribute to successful goals, with 64% of respondents sharing that dieting with a partner has worked for them in the past.

The top ways respondents help their loved ones included working out together and making healthy meals to share with them.

A quarter of respondents also shared they would even make healthy meals and drop them off at their loved one’s home if it would help them achieve their goals.

When it comes to achieving these goals and finding motivation, 69% of respondents said have a go-to person in their life they turn to for this support.

Forty-three percent of those surveyed said their significant other is their go-to motivational support and a further 35% turn to a family member they live with.

And as their days in quarantine continue, 46% said their schedules with their spouses, friends and loved ones are more in-sync than ever before which may help them be more successful with their goals.

“Studies continue to show that dieting with a partner leads to greater success and helps people to maintain their weight loss,” says Courtney McCormick, Corporate Dietitian, Nutrisystem. “So, shared weight loss programs, like the new Nutrisystem Partner Plan, can make it even easier to reach your goals.”

Aside from their goals of eating healthier and exercising more, 53% of respondents said they’re trying to have a more positive attitude as quarantine continues.

Other goals respondents are pursuing during quarantine include reading more and practicing meditation.

Four in 10 respondents also shared they’re pursuing a new hobby during quarantine.

Nearly half of respondents (45%) are also making a point to speak to a loved one once every day during their time in quarantine.

“People are finding fun and exciting ways to stay connected during the pandemic, especially when it comes to losing weight and getting healthy,” adds McCormick. “Accountability and social fellowship are key factors to success.” 


  1. Eat healthier / follow a diet – 57%
  2. Work out / exercise more – 56%
  3. Have a more positive attitude – 53%
  4. Learn something new every day – 46%
  5. Talk to a friend or loved one once a day – 45%
  6. Read more – 43%
  7. Practice meditation or mindfulness – 41%
  8. Learn a new hobby – 40%
  9. Set up a home office – 28%


  1. Work out together – 39%
  2. Make healthy meals to share with them – 33%
  3. Share workout plans / routines – 33%
  4. Help them plan their meals – 30%
  5. Do a weight loss program together – 31%
  6. Make healthy meals and drop them off at their homes in order to maintain social distancing – 25%
  7. Read the same books together – 25%
  8. Exchange books with each other – 24%

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