If you're desperate to lose weight a few hours scrolling through Twitter could be a push in the right direction.
According to new research from the United States, dieters who read motivational messages on the social networking site lost more weight than those who did it alone.
Experts at the University of South Carolina's Arnold School of Public Health found that dieters lost on average 0.5% of their body weight for every 10 Twitter updates they read!
Now they're suggesting that Twitter can speed up the rate at which we shed the pounds if they focus on healthy eating and exercise status updates.
Lead researcher, Brie Turner-McGrievy, said it was the first study to examine the use of Twitter as part of a 'behavioural weight loss intervention'.
The study followed 96 overweight and obese men and women split into two groups over a six-month period. They were all given a phone with an internet connection, two weight loss podcasts per week, nutrition and goal setting advice and a healthy diet plan.
Only one group were asked to download the Twitter app and those who used it most frequently lost the most weight.
People in this lucky group were asked to log on daily to read positive and encouraging messages from a weight loss counsellor and speak to others about their goals.
Ms Turner- McGrievy said, "Traditional behavioural weight loss interventions generally provide social support through weekly, face-to-face group meetings. While we know this is effective, it is costly and can create a high degree of burden on participants.
We wanted to find a way to provide the group support we normally deliver during a face-to-face weight loss intervention to the online community."
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