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Making Friends Online Could Help You Lose Weight
On Facebook, Twitter, etc, there is definitely such a thing as sharing too much. But when it comes to losing weight, sharing could be the secret to your success! A Northwestern University study found that those who were actively part of certain online communities lost a higher percentage of body weight compared to users who didn't use it as much. The research was based on people who joined a site called CalorieKing.com, which is a forum and an online weight loss journal. Every participant in the study could remain anonymous, so the researchers only had access to the age, gender, height, initial weight and time-stamped activities. They monitored members' weigh-ins, friend requests and community engagement, but didn't read any of the actual conversations between users. In the end of the study, researchers found that the users who were more engaged were far more likely to achieve their weight loss goals. The most active users lost more than 8 percent of their body weight in a six month period. The least active users, those with the fewest online friends and social interactions, lost around 5 percent of their body weight in the same span of time. It's all about motivation and support - two things I am happy to say you can find in our Fitness community here :)
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