Want to Lose Weight? Start Tweeting

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — If trimming your waistline was part of your New Year’s resolution, then typing in 140 characters or less could help you shed pounds, at least according to a study from the University of South Carolina.

The study stated people had a better success when they used the site to receive and share information.

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If you’re still not convinced, Mashable reported one of every 10 posts by the test group correlated to about .5 percent of weight loss.

The study lasted over a six month period with 96 test patients, identified as overweight and obese men and women. Everyone was assigned to one of two groups: one that only listened to weight-loss podcasts and another that included podcasts and mobile phone use.

Seventy-five percent of the posts were informational, with most characterized as teaching — providing new facts or skills, the study said.

One of the most frequent types of teaching posts was a status update from a participant, 81 percent of all of them in fact, such as “I avoided eating a pastry this morning at a breakfast meeting! I did have a skim Mocha without whipped cream… not too bad,” the report said.

“Providing group support through online social networks can be a low cost way to reach a large number of people who are interested in achieving a healthy weight,” said Brie Turner-McGrievy, a researcher at the school.

Read more on the study from The University of South Carolina.

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