Can Twitter help you lose weight?
The best ally you have in your weight loss efforts may be your smartphone. A study published in Translational Behavioral Medicine found that people enrolled in a six-month weight loss program who post updates to Twitter on their progress lost, on average, 2.7 percent of their body weight over six months.
The participants and their trainers sent out a cumulative 2,630 tweets throughout the study period. About 75 percent of the tweets detailed ways that the participants used the information they learned during informational podcasts to adjust their daily behavior. The participants used tweets to support each other. Their trainers also sent regular tweets of encouragement.
The study’s authors suggest that Twitter and other social media outlets could provide crucial real-time support to people attempting to lose weight in a cost-effective way.