A New Study Suggests That Using Twitter Might Help You Lose Weight
Was one of your New Year’s resolutions this year to “lose weight”? Oh. And, how’s that going? After dropping one or two pounds by January 10, you probably thought you were well on your way to getting your beach body back by the end of the month! But then, reality set in. The temperature dropped, your Christmas hangover went into full effect and, before long, you actually managed to gain weight. Go figure! But, don’t worry. A new study suggests that there’s one very simple thing that you can do to start losing weight more effectively—use Twitter while you’re trying to do it!
Recently, a study was done that tested whether or not the use of Twitter and other social networks actually aids in helping people lose weight. In order to complete the study, participants were given podcasts that featured info about health, exercise, nutrition, and losing weight. Then, some of the participants were asked to keep track of their regular workout routines in a notebook, while the rest of the participants were told to monitor their workouts with social media like Twitter. And, lo and behold, those who used Twitter lost more weight over a six-month period than those who didn’t use it.
Now, the sample size used for the study was relatively small, as only about 50 people took part in it. But, regardless, it shows that Twitter can have a positive effect on weight loss over time. So, if you’re trying to lose weight—or you’re thinking of giving up on your New Year’s resolution already—do yourself a favor and try to incorporate Twitter into your workout routine. It’ll force you to hold yourself accountable through social networking and let you show off every now and then with a tweet about your progress or, better yet, a Twitpic showing off how close you are to getting your beach bod back. Hey, it couldn’t to try, right? Sure beats quitting now and spending the rest of your year wondering what would have happened if you’d just stuck to your resolution.