10 Ways To Use Twitter For Weight Loss

By Dr. Kal (Kalvin C. Chinyere, M.D.) – Follow him @DrKal

Twitter Weight Loss ProgramAccording to eMarketer, by the end of 2009 there will be 18 million adults in the United States who use Twitter. Most of these 18 million Americans want to lose weight. The obese Americans want to drop into the overweight class. The overweight Americans want to drop to a normal weight. And the normal weight Americans want six-packs.

But how can these avid Tweeters lose weight when they are so busy tweeting? Trying to tweet and lose weight at the same time is like trying to pat your head and rub your stomach at the same time. It’s impossible. Wrong!

I am going to give you 10 thoroughly researched and tested tips to help you lose weight using Twitter. Excited? Good!

The Twitter Weight Loss Program

Tip #1: Get Informed

Knowledge is power. There are thousands of Tweeters giving out free weight loss information and some of them actually know what they are tweeting about. Start by following @PreventionMag, @MensHealthMag, and @WomensHealthMag. Despite the fact that I am a man, I do subscribe to all three of these print magazines. So, it was a no brainer for me to follow them. All three are owned by the same company, but their content rarely overlaps.

Tip #2: Get Inspired

Walk in the path of those who have done what you want to do. There are many Tweeters who have lost weight and kept it off. Many of them share their tips, successes, and daily struggles. Their stories will inspire and educate you. Start by following: @PastaQueen, @PriorFatGirl, @RonisWeigh, @DoneDieting, @FormerFatGirl, and @MrLowBodyFat.

Tip #3: Get Support

It takes a village to lose weight and keep it off. Let Twitter be your village. Use @Grader to find other Tweeters who are trying to lose weight. You can encourage, support, cry with, and vent to each other. You can create a local weight loss group by using Nearby Tweets to find people in your neighborhood trying to lose weight. Before you eat that Big Mac, tweet one of your Twitter supporters. Also consider following these active pound-droppers: @SeeSaraShrink, @IsraelLagares, @JohnIsFit, and @MrMeltDown.

Tip #4: Track It

The number one key to weight loss is managing your calorie intake. But, you cannot manage your calories if you don’t remember what you have eaten. Use @Twye as a food journal to log and track your meals and your calories. You can also use @Twye to get information, inspiration, and support.

Tip #5: De-Stress

My 4 Keys to Permanent Weight Loss are:

  1. Eat Less,
  2. Move More,
  3. Sleep More, and
  4. Stress Less.

Too much stress causes physiological changes in your body that hinder weight loss. Follow these Tweeters to decrease your stress: @StressLess, @TaraBurner, and @LifestyleOracle.

Tip #6: Laugh

I use Twitter to literally LMAO. You can too. Laughter decreases stress and that helps you lose weight. For great laughs follow these Tweeters: @ShitMyDadSays, @FatherKelly, @Nick_Nolte, @ChuckNorris_, and @TheRules.

Tip #7: Plan

Weight loss does not happen by accident. You must plan all aspects of your weight loss from grocery shopping to working out. Use @RememberTheMilk to plan your days and your weight loss.

Tip #8: Share

Share your weight loss successes and failures with everyone. Use @TwitPic for picture blogging or @Twitvid for vlogging. Sharing your success will make you feel great. The fear of posting a weight gain picture or video will keep you in-line between your posts.

Tip #9: Sleep

This is an anti-Twitter tip. Similar to stress, sleep deprivation causes physiological changes in your body that prevent weight loss. Don’t let Twitter keep you from getting the 7 to 9 hours of sleep you need per day to lose weight and keep it off.

Tip #10: Don’t Watch Porn

Do not follow @FoodPorn. Looking at those beautiful food pictures will surely cause you to fall of the weight loss wagon. This is a hypocritical tip because I love food and reluctantly follow @FoodPorn with a tear in my eye.

Bonus Tip #11: Follow Me

Do follow @DrKal. That’s me. I’ll provide you with weight loss tips, support, and advice mixed with a little bit of humor. I’ll even share with you my personal weight loss struggles and successes.

Unknown to Twitter’s founders, Twitter’s sole purpose is actually to help you lose weight and keep it off. So, if you want to shed some pounds, use the Twitter Weight Loss Program and tweet me your success pics.

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Comments

  • October 9, 2009

    Thanks for these tips @DrKal – I know that it seems like everyone’s heard the advice – eat less, get more exercise – but I thanks for adding the info about the role of adequate sleep and stress reduction in weight loss. Personally, this is something that I need to keep in mind – but not stress over :)

    I can also attest to the power of your tip about tracking calorie intake – but it’s also useful to mention that if your goal is weight loss, tracking your weight is also key. For lots of folks, however, there are other metrics that are effective – like how well your clothes fit. Whatever you do, keeping track of your progress is also essential, IMO.

    Cheers, Michael

  • October 9, 2009

    Try wearing wearable weights like “Body Togs” scientifically based weighted sleeves worn on your arms & legs under your clothing that increases calorie burn, muscle tone & bone density. Weighted vests work great too!

  • October 9, 2009

    I have a group of friends that keep each other accountable via Twitter. It’s also neat to tweet healthy recipes. I’ve also added MyNetDiary.com app to my Blackberrry (also on iphones) to keep up with my nutrition on the go. Great tips!

  • October 9, 2009

    @TwitFools – Great point about tracking your weight. That’s important. Just don’t obsess about it. A weight loss of just half-a-pound a week is quite an accomplishment.

    @FatLossMama – Good to read that you have formed a Twitter support group. Great tip about MyNetDiary.com. I’m going to follow you. Maybe you’ll tweet me some of those healthy recipes. :)

  • October 9, 2009

    Linda – I have used weighted vests and wrist/ankle weights, but not “Body Togs”. Thanks for the tip.

  • October 9, 2009

    Great Article Dr. Being in the Health and Fitness business, and being new to Twitter, we have attempted to find effective ways of leverage the power of this new medium. Your thoughts have given us some ideas of future tweets.

  • October 9, 2009

    Yes indeed Doc, I do agree “It takes a village to lose weight and keep it off.” Very good Tips! I really like number 3 and 11.. LOL

    I think people also have to remember that real weight loss won’t happen unless the desire comes from inside you first.

    Thanks Doc, Your the best!!! :)

  • October 9, 2009

    Now a days every one would like to be fit and fine.
    I think technology can play an important role in making you fit and fine. If you are regular user of twitter then you should make your habit that there would be no posting with out going to 10 step walking………………..i think this can make you more fit and fine………………..

    haaaaaahaaaaaaaaaaaa :)

  • October 10, 2009

    I didn’t see #10 coming. But then it’s a legit point and not about real porn. I find watching television while online increases my eating. Why would that be?

  • October 10, 2009

    @BetterBodiesSFV and @MRMELTDOWN, I’m glad you liked it.

    SEO India, Posting or Tweeting while walking is illegal in 34 of the 50 states.

    @CollegeRecruits, Watching television may make you hungry because of all of the food and restaurant commercials.

  • October 11, 2009

    Incredible post. It was so much fun but I beleiev that I can use his as a weight loss reference guide. Who knew using Twitter was so good for you ; )

  • October 14, 2009

    Along with tracking what you eat (#4), you can use a tool like Twackit to track your weight and/or exercise.

    For some examples, see:
    http://search.twitter.com/search?q=%40twackit
    http://www.twackit.com/jasonjordan/weight
    http://www.twackit.com/suzx/weight
    http://www.twackit.com/chuggid/run

  • May 18, 2010
    Joseph Maresca
    @weightlosslaws

    Great post Dr. Kal. I also tweet weight loss tips. Follow me at @weightlosslaws .

    I am also going to recommend that my followers follow the tweeps you mentioned above.

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