Keri Gans, MD, a registered dietician, spokesperson, media personality and author of The Small Change Diet, shares the following insights as to how social media sites can actually be used by users who want to lose weight.
That can be done by using these social networks, which most of us already use too much of, to form support groups and online communities that support users who want to lose weight.
A study finds that users participating in a weight loss program run by a company are more likely to last longer in the program if they also join the Facebook page of that company. Thus, there seems to be a positive correlation between social media and keeping up with this particular type of wellness program.
It sounds oxymoronic to say that sitting all day chatting in your social media page can help you lose pounds. But through Facebook, for example, you can share your weight issues with your close friends without feeling uncomfortable. You can also post your achievements and progress in this social media site and share the good news to your friends. When more people are aware about your achievements, that helps you become more committed to the weight program.
Furthermore, Facebook can also help you connect with dieticians and other health experts, and you can also get daily advice from Facebook pages of diet books, fitness and health magazines, and healthy brands. These pages can also arrange for regular chats with fans. This amount of healthy information will help you stick to your weight loss program.
Furthermore, Facebook has several groups of like-minded individuals wanting to lose weight that you can relate to. It means a lot to know that a group of people are cheering you on as you share your progress. You can even start your own community if you can’t find one that can give you this kind of encouragement.
Dr. Gans also says that you can use Twitter to follow registered dietitians that regularly tweet about great weight loss tips. Some dietitians are also more than willing to answer the questions you post through Twitter. Often you get very valuable information for free through this site.
Aside from dietitians, you can also follow health magazines, fitness professionals and the like. Social media is all about engaging in conversations. You can even share times when you don’t feel like following the weight loss program, at which point some of your followers can say they feel the same way, but at the end of the day you all know what the right thing to do is.
As such, Facebook and Twitter can be used to connect with inspiring people who can motivate you to be like them. You can even choose to stop following people who are no longer inspirational. Finally, Gans points out that social media is just one of the many tools that you need to successfully lose weight, and most of these tools, including having plenty of sleep, being physically fit, and eating healthy foods, actually require you to stay away from your computer.