Can Twitter Help You Lose Weight?




Having a good support system of family and friends can help you reach your weight loss goals, but what about your Twitter followers? A new study found that connecting with others about your weight loss goals on Twitter can aid weight loss [].

Researchers at USC followed 96 overweight and obese adults for six months. Participants either listened to two nutrition and fitness podcasts each week or listened to the podcasts, recorded their activity level, and connected with other participants on Twitter. After six months, Twitter users lost more weight compared to those who didn’t use Twitter. Even more interesting is that each tweet actually corresponded to a half pound of weight loss.

“Traditional behavioral weight loss interventions generally provide social support through weekly, face-to-face group meetings. While we know this is effective, it is costly and can create a high degree of burden on participants,” said lead researcher Brie Turner-McGrievy, PhD, MS, RD, in a release. “Providing group support through online social networks can be a low cost way to reach a large number of people who are interested in achieving a healthy weight.”

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