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The Twitter Humiliation Diet and a Scale That Tweets Your Weight

The Twitter Humiliation Diet: Would You Tweet Your Weight?

Friends commiserate over weight woes on the regular and can be a great source of support when you're trying to lose a few pounds. But would you share your weight loss story with the entire world? That's what writer Drew Magary did when he decided to use Twitter to chronicle his weight loss, publicly declaring his weight and food intake.

In December, he started what he calls the "Twitter Humiliation Diet," which required him to, among other things, post his weight on Twitter every single day. "I knew that I needed a social incentive to do it. Imagine if someone printed out their weight every day at work and posted it outside their cubicle for all their co-workers to see. This was the same thing," he explained.

The humiliation diet is working; his last weight-related tweet lists him at 210 pounds, down from 260. As nerve-wracking and potentially embarrassing as this sounds, a French company had a similar idea, and created a scale with built-in Twitter capacity that will automatically tweet your weight to all of your followers. I'm not positive I can get behind this broadcast-what-you-weigh trend, but it appears for some, it's the way to go. Would you dare?

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Spectra Spectra 7 years
I don't use Twitter, but if it keeps you accountable, go for it. I'm not a huge fan of weighing yourself every day, but some people do need that kind of structure to stick with things.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 7 years
No. I don't like Twitter anyway, and this is way too much TMI.
Zulkey Zulkey 7 years
I shouldn't have used carrots because my [rolling eyes] aside became invisible!
Zulkey Zulkey 7 years
wow, this sounds healthy
heathbar6 heathbar6 7 years
I would share it! Who cares how much I weigh! I don't mind! I'm not a skinny girl, but I am a runner and do a lot of resistance training so I'm not depressed or embarrassed by my weight. Would I like to be thinner or weigh less? Sure, but it doesn't ruin my day. :o)
LisaJoy LisaJoy 7 years
Forgot to mention. The scale does have a great app for the iPhone with graphs for more personal use.
LisaJoy LisaJoy 7 years
I have this scale and I love it! However, I would never twitter my weight - that's just silly!
itsthatgaljay itsthatgaljay 7 years
Yes and no. I don't use twitter, the idea doesn't appeal to me - but I have previously used forum with similar ideas, though the effect might just be because I'm actually keeping track of my weight - though it does make it feel "official".
danakscully64 danakscully64 7 years
If I was heavier and trying to lose weight, I wouldn't have a problem with it. I would post pictures and numbers, it would motivate me. I'm trying to lose a few inches around my body and have been posting my measurements online for a few months now.
Louie Louie 7 years
I don't think that I could do it, but I guess it's another form motivation. Whatever works, I suppose!
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