Hitting the keyboard instead of the kitchen: How blogging is helping motivate dieters to drop the pounds
17:33 GMT, 28 September 2012
Web-savvy women are now sharing their every bite, weigh-in, workout, and body image issues with the wider world thanks to a boom in weight loss blogs.
Inspiring others, and themselves, as they strive to maintain a healthy lifestyle, hundreds of weight loss blogs are popping up daily as more women struggle with their diets.
Mother-of-two Roni Noone set out to lose 70 pounds five years ago, starting the blog Just Roni as a way to share her experience. With over 200,000 followers, her blog, which she says played a huge part in her successful weight loss, has turned into an active community.
Blogging away the weight: Roni Noone set out to lose 70 pounds five years ago, starting the blog Just Roni as a way to share her experience; now she has over 200,000 followers, turning her blog into an active community
While there are no reports on the total number of weight loss blogs in America, the website fitnessblogs.org features over 500 that are diet related.
Mrs Noone explained to ABC News: 'That simple commitment made a world of difference. Something happened. Something clicked. The goal of blogging weekly was something completely in my control. It was a conscious decision I made and I only had myself to blame if I didn't keep up with it.'
Another blogger, Gail Geden Spenser, 50, writes about working through the tougher obstacles she faces while trying to lose 50lbs on her blog, Shrinking Sisters.
'Blogging gives you a feeling of not doing it solo'
'I've shifted my blog writing time to 9pm, as a way to keep my hands and brain busy during the danger zone. When I do that I'm less likely to wonder what's going on in the kitchen,' she said.
Doctor Gary Foster, a psychologist and
director of the Center for
Obesity research and Education at Temple University, said he believes
women blog about their weight loss to find encouragement, as well as
express their struggles through an online diary.
He said: 'Losing weight is really tough, so the more support someone can get the
better. If blogging gives you a feeling of not doing it solo,
it could be really helpful.'
Helping women everywhere: Doctor Gary Foster said he believes women blog about their weight loss to find encouragement, much like Roni Noore
Blogging the calories: Mrs Noore, a mother-of-two, says her blog played a huge part in her successful weight loss
However taking dieting advice from blogs isn't always perfect, he added.
'What's an expert opinion or not You may read someone else's blog and take it as a fact. At minimum it may not be helpful; at worst may be harmful.'
On the flip side, for anyone who has been pigeon-holed because of their weight, creating or reading a blog can be helpful.
After Kenlie Tiggeman blogged about her experience of getting asked to leave a Southwest Airlines flight for being 'too fat too fly,' her blog All The Weight was flooded with messages of support, and Twitter was littered with anger towards Southwest Airline.
Within hours she received a call from the airline, which offered its apologies and vouchers.
Ms Tiggeman said: 'I'm sure they never would have reached out unless I blogged it. That's how I got their attention.'