How you can use social media to help you shed pounds

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CLEVELAND - Anyone who has tried to lose weight, knows dieting is not easy. Sometimes, we need all of the help we can get from people, whether they're in the room, or online.

Andrea Rumschlag is a registered dietitian at the Cleveland Clinic. Rumschlag says lots of people are successfully using social media to help reach their weight loss goals.

"The more people that know what you're trying to do or what you're supposed to be doing the more you're going to stick to it because you have those people looking out for you, they're giving you encouragement, and they'll help remind you if you're tempted to miss a workout or have that extra snack," said Rumschlag.

Rumschlag says many people benefit from using social media sites to lose weight because they're posting details of their progress. This leads to encouragement and accountability.

Rumschlag also says social media may benefit a group of people who are trying to lose weight together. They become your virtual weight-loss partner.

Rumschlag says you can also use social media to lose weight by snapping pictures of your meals.

"Taking pictures of what we're eating is just another way of doing what we used to call a food journal or a food diary. And those are ways that have been shown to help us either lose the weight or keep it off because it makes us accountable for what we're eating. It's showing I've had this healthy meal. This is the ideal meal for me and for my diet plan, so I want to stick to it," said Rumschlag.

Rumschlag says there is power in numbers. Allowing people to keep tabs on you through social media may help you to reach your weight-loss goals.

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