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Tweeting about your diet

How did the world learn that Demi Moore had switched from The Master Cleanse to the Clean Program a few weeks back? Through the actress's tweets, of course.

Moore, known on Twitter as "mrskutcher," tweeted on July 27 that she'd made the switch. The tweet attracted a fair amount of media attention; I mention it in this week's "Eat, Drink and Be Healthy" column about fasting, cleansing and detox diets.

But Mrs. Kutcher's not the only one keeping us abreast of her diet via social media. I just typed "diet" into my Twitter search box and came up with an endless stream of tweets, including ValFlyGrl's "Day2 of my diet I had oatmeal & fruit for breakfast :/ " and Thomas_g85's "Lunchtime and I'm hungrrry but I'm on a diet I'm gonna take it light" updates. And, more prominently, New York Times reporter Brian Stelter just wrote about how he documented his major weight-loss journey via tweet.

Weight-loss experts often suggest people record what they eat and the circumstances under which they eat it as a means of keeping tabs on their food intake and staying motivated. Twitter sites such as Tweet What You Eat can serve the same purpose -- but in a highly public way. And established diet programs such as Weight Watchers encourage folks to communicate via tweet.

Of course, there's lots of diet information offered in the tweetosphere, not all of it anything you'd want to emulate. On Aug. 10, for instance, kanyewest tweeted "I asked her how she stays in shape ... she said she doesn't eat... she on a no food diet...A NO FOOD DIET???!!!"

But tweeters often retweet information from reliable sources. Just be sure you click on the links and read for yourself instead of counting on the tweeter to get it right in just 140 characters.

Do you use Twitter (or another social networking site) as a weight-loss tool? Please tweet me about it @jhuget!

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  August 24, 2010; 7:00 AM ET
Categories:  Nutrition and Fitness , Obesity , Social Media  
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