Twitter started as a simple service for announcing what you were doing to a few close friends, but has grown into a platform that lets people connect with like-minded individuals all over the world, in ways they never could before.
One of the great things about Twitter is that by increasing the amount of contact we have with our followers, the stronger the bonds of community between us all becomes. Having a supportive group of people behind you can be especially helpful when trying to achieve some seemingly distant goal, such as trying to lose weight.
The truth is, no matter how committed to something we may be, it never hurts to have other people encouraging you to reach your goals. Even a simple â€œhow did you do with your diet today?â€ from just one person can often be enough to strengthen someones resolve when it otherwise may have faltered.
There are some great Apps which have been developed for Twitter that can help users keep track of a weight loss plan. Quite a few are semi-community driven (in that they are designed so the information can be shared), these can be fun to use as competitive tools amongst a group of friends who may be on a fitness regime together, or they can simply be used to help keep track of weight loss for your own reference.
My favorite Twitter weight loss tools are:
Weight Loss Charts
Weight Loss Charts is a fun experimental tool that lets you track your weight by sending it daily via Twitter and / or Google bot.
The best part about the tool is that it sends you a reminder via Twitter DM or Google Talk message in case you forgot to enter your weight. That works really great as a motivational tool.
Twackit is a tool designed to track everything. The way it works is that users send tweets to @twackit, which contain a hashtag describing the information they are collecting and a numeric value to store.
So for example if you wanted to track your weight you would send something like ‘@twackit 136 #WeightLoss’, the system would then store the information under your username, marking the time, date and numeric value sent on a graph based on the hashtag used.
Twackit doesn’t require users to register for the service, instead information tweeted to it is retrievable by anyone who knows the username and hashtag combination used when sending twackit the data.
Ugomo is a more specialized tool which has been developed specifically for helping Twitter users keep track of what kind of exercises they are doing, as well as how much weight they are losing (or gaining in the case of bodybuilders).
By using a variety of hashtags (such as #bike, #run, # walk, #weight, #swim, etc), a numeric value and optionally a note about the activity tweeted to @ugomo registered users will be presented with a wealth of information in personalized reports related to their fitness regime.
I particularly like this App because it’s very visual, there are bar, line and pie graphs which let you compare what types of exercise you do the most, or how well you’ve done in losing weight over time, plus unlike Twackit these graphs aren’t public (though your tweets to the system are) .
All three of these tools present great ways to store and share weight loss information, so no matter if you want to collect the data for personal reference, or if you’re trying to keep track of your fitness as part of a group, these Apps could be just what you need to help keep everything under control.