Give this finding a fist-pump emoji: Dieters shed more pounds when they receive personalized texts encouraging them to keep up with their weight-loss goals than automated ones.
And it makes sense since "OMG! You made it to the gym more than four times this week!" has more ego-boosting power than "Keep up the hard work!" Lame.
That fun fact is all the more reason to rope your healthy buds into holding you accountable to your eating and workout goals (and vice versa).
To keep your motivation at an all-time high, start a group text and send inspiring texts like these on the regular, says study author Mandy Schippers, e-research developer at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia.
Why it rocks: Direct and specific feedback shows that you're following her progress and invested in her success.
If you've run on a treadmill in your life, you'll be able to relate to these thoughts every woman has had on the treadmill:
Why it rocks: Nonjudgmental tips help her make healthy decisions, whether in terms of portion size, diet choices, or habits.
Why it rocks: Motivational prompts amp confidence and let her know she deserves props for her hard work.
Why it rocks: Reminders of her plans help keep her on track and hold her accountable to someone.
This article originally appeared in the June 2017 issue of Women's Health. For more great advice, pick up a copy of the issue on newsstands now!