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How to Use Twitter to Lose Weight

How to Use Twitter to Lose Weight

No, I’m not trying to convince you that typing enough 140-character posts will work burn off calories and help you get rid of that muffin top, though I’d love to see someone make that argument. It’s true that you can use Twitter to help you lose extra pounds, but it’s never going to replace a great exercise plan and healthy eating.

So, what can you get from Twitter?

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Support. Many studies have shown that people are more likely to make healthy changes to their lifestyles – and, more importantly, stick with them – if they share those changes with others and receive encouragement from them. Twitter is just a platform, but you can use it in a variety of ways to get support. Some people join one of the many Twitter weight loss groups that already exist; others create their own groups with friends. You can even go it alone and just post your workout and nutrition information as well as your results.

Information. Lots of professional organizations and experts use Twitter to disseminate information on health and nutrition, so you can find pretty much anything if you want a bit of education before deciding how to change your lifestyle. Three of the best sources are @WomensHealthMag, @PreventionMag, and @MensHealthMag.

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Tracking. One of the best ways to really understand your diet and why you’re gaining or losing weight is to jot down everything you eat in a log. Tweetwhatyoueat.com (or @twye on Twitter) lets you do just that as well as keep tabs on calories by entering information via your computer or smartphone. They even have a service that will estimate calories for you if you’re not sure of the exact amount. Pretty nice.

Inspiration. If there’s something you can be sure of on Twitter, it’s that pretty much anything you can think of has already been done by people before you. This is certainly true of tweeting about weight loss. For those just now thinking about using Twitter to lose weight, this is a wonderful thing because you can seek these people out whenever you need a little bit of inspiration. Many of them share their struggles, successes, and tips about how they not only lost weight, but also managed to keep it from coming back. Here are just a few Tweeters you might want to follow: @OneMinuteMarathon@PriorFatGirl, and @FormerFatGirl.

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Accountability. The point of putting the information out there is that you are making yourself accountable to others instead of just you. Yes, it’s great that you can tweet your successes and have people marveling at how skinny you’ve gotten and how well you’ve been able to stick with your routine, but the fear of having to post something negative is possibly even more valuable.

This is why it’s so important to be honest in your posts and if possible make sure to include some real-world people in your tweet group – it’s a lot harder to lie if you actually have to face those people without a screen in between you. And don’t forget that you can post pictures and videos to Twitter, too. The ability to wow people with an amazing before and after pic can be a great motivator to keep you on the straight and narrow with your diet and exercise routine.

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Above all, you have to remember that Twitter is just another tool. You’re the one who has to do the hard work. The difference with Twitter is that you can set it up so that you have more people showing you how to do it and encouraging you to stick with it.

Featured photo credit:  The beautiful girl sits with the laptop in sports hall via Shutterstock

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Last Updated on December 2, 2018

How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

Ebb and flow. Contraction and expansion. Highs and lows. It’s all about the cycles of life.

The entire course of our life follows this up and down pattern of more and then less. Our days flow this way, each following a pattern of more energy, then less energy, more creativity and periods of greater focus bookended by moments of low energy when we cringe at the thought of one more meeting, one more call, one more sentence.

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The key is in understanding how to use the cycles of ebb and flow to our advantage. The ability to harness these fluctuations, understand how they affect our productivity and mood and then apply that knowledge as a tool to improve our lives is a valuable strategy that few individuals or corporations have mastered.

Here are a few simple steps to start using this strategy today:

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Review Your Past Flow

Take just a few minutes to look back at how your days and weeks have been unfolding. What time of the day are you the most focused? Do you prefer to be more social at certain times of the day? Do you have difficulty concentrating after lunch or are you energized? Are there days when you can’t seem to sit still at your desk and others when you could work on the same project for hours?

Do you see a pattern starting to emerge? Eventually you will discover a sort of map or schedule that charts your individual productivity levels during a given day or week.  That’s the first step. You’ll use this information to plan your days going forward.

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Schedule According to Your Flow Pattern

Look at the types of things you do each day…each week. What can you move around so that it’s a better fit for you? Can you suggest to your team that you schedule meetings for late morning if you can’t stand to be social first thing? Can you schedule detailed project work or highly creative tasks, like writing or designing when you are best able to focus? How about making sales calls or client meetings on days when you are the most social and leaving billing or reports until another time when you are able to close your door and do repetitive tasks.

Keep in mind that everyone is different and some things are out of our control. Do what you can. You might be surprised at just how flexible clients and managers can be when they understand that improving your productivity will result in better outcomes for them.

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Account for Big Picture Fluctuations

Look at the bigger picture. Consider what happens during different months or times during the year. Think about what is going on in the other parts of your life. When is the best time for you to take on a new project, role or responsibility? Take into account other commitments that zap your energy. Do you have a sick parent, a spouse who travels all the time or young children who demand all of your available time and energy?

We all know people who ignore all of this advice and yet seem to prosper and achieve wonderful success anyway, but they are usually the exception, not the rule. For most of us, this habitual tendency to force our bodies and our brains into patterns of working that undermine our productivity result in achieving less than desired results and adding more stress to our already overburdened lives.

Why not follow the ebb and flow of your life instead of fighting against it?

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