Now it just may be a scientific fact: Add better eating habits to the reasons you log onto Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare and other social media outlets.

After following 96 subjects over six months as they tried to eat healthier and stick to exercise, University of Carolina researchers found that those that used Twitter regularly actually lost more weight.

In fact, for every 10 Twitter posts, they lost an additional .5 percent weight loss, according to the scientists from the university’s Arnold School of Public Health. The study has just been published in Translational Behavior Medicine if you want to read it yourself. 

It’s not the first paper to link a positive connection between social media and sticking to better health goals. Another recent study came out in favor from the American Heart Association. When it comes to managing childhood obesity it may also be a tool (but with caveats: cyberbullying, privacy issues and sexting are the risk factors with youth and this sort of intervention).

3 Ways Social Media May Work For You

You’re Pressed For Time 

With the apps available on your phone, you can’t use the excuse that exercise motivation or weight-loss meetings aren’t fitting into your schedule.

You’re Shy

It gives you the option of remaining anonymous yet accountable.

You’re Seeking A Support System

When the people around you don’t share your interest in getting healthier today, reaching out to various groups on Twitter or Facebook is an easy

way to get connected.

About the Author

Erinn Bucklan

Erinn Bucklan is a New York City-based journalist who writes regularly about nutrition, diet, food behavior, and fitness.

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