According 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:
- Eat Less,
- Move More,
- Sleep More, and
- 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.