In a study published in the Journal of the Royal Society Interface it has been revealed that those dieters who regularly logon to social networks were able to lose more than 8% of their bodyweight within 6 months.
This study also revealed that the fewer online interactions these dieters had, the less weight they lost.
What did the study involve?
This study looked at data attained from an online weight management programme to investigate how social networking could affect the weight of dieters.
What were the results of the study?
The study revealed that those dieters who lost most weight had the most online friends; with those with over ten friends losing 8% of their bodyweight in 6 months.
Those with a few friends lost 7%, while those who did not interact with anyone only losing 5% of their bodyweight.
Bonnie Spring, a professor in preventive medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine had this to say about the findings:
“Our findings suggest that people can do very well at losing weight with minimal professional help when they become centrally connected to others on the same weight-loss journey.”
Luis A Nunes Amaral, a professor of chemical and biological engineering in McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science had this to say:
“There is an almost Facebook-like social network system in this programme where people can friend each other and build cliques.”
“In this case, we found the larger your clique, the better your outcomes.”
Therefore it makes sense that if you want to lose weight then you should try and get your friends involved too. Even if you do not use online methods, they can still help to provide you the support you need to succeed.