No one would have ever thought that technology would help people lose weight. For the longest time, computers have been blamed for increasing obesity throughout the nation. While the claim is not entirely untrue, eating habits, lack of exercise and other factors have played their part too.
However, for the first time, social and community sites are now helping people lose weight by increasing their enthusiasm to become healthy.
Whether you are participating with your co-workers or you are competing against your friends, participating in challenges is becoming quite popular on Facebook. In Facebook groups, challenges can be made in the documents and the ability to chat makes it more entertaining. Posting pictures helps to motivate people, and the fact others can see how much you have done, you are more likely to be more accountable.
Talking about things over the computer is often more comfortable than talking to someone directly. In addition, you can talk about your goals with people you do not have to face every day so it is completely on your terms. There are forums for healthy recipes, support, and ideas that you may not have thought about to achieve your goals.
MyFitnessPal is an online weight loss support site that allows you to add friends and set goals. It helps to hold you accountable because your friends are able to post comments on your feed. They will know when you have not logged in for a few days, and you can set it up so they can see your food diary. Another social weight loss support site that is very popular is SparkPeople. Both sites are designed to help you lose weight with as much support as you desire.
Social sites also allow groups that meet in real life to communicate with potential new members. The ability to be held accountable and get additional support are two of the largest draws for a person to turn to social media for assistance with weight loss.