American researchers have revealed that the social networking site Twitter can speed up the rate at which people shed the pounds.
The researchers, from the University of South Carolina’s Arnold School of Public Health, found that the more status updates people read relating to healthy eating and exercise, the more weight they were likely to lose, the Daily Mail reported.
On average, for every 10 Twitter updates read, people lost on average 0.5 percent of their body weight.
Lead researcher Brie Turner-McGrievy said that it was the first study to examine the use of Twitter as part of a “behavioural weight loss intervention.”
The study followed 96 overweight and obese men and women split into two groups over a six-month period and all of them had a phone with an internet facility.