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Most people trying to lose weight will tell you that a support system is vital to both losing the weight plus keeping it off. Weight Watchers is a good example of the concept of a support system. For those addicted to Twitter, a couple of new services might help with the support system concept.
TweetYourEats launched in private alpha this week and the service basically takes your tweets about food and can track everything back to an overall food journal. TweetYourEats notes, "We will track your eats, categorize them and/or count the calories too".
TweetWhatYouEat has been around a bit longer and provides similar functionality to TweetYourEats. TweetWhatYouEat provides a public food journal – here’s an example. It would be great to see an export option directly into some of the popular online dieting and fitness sites.
The support concept comes from sharing your food choices with your followers on Twitter. Rather than just posting what you’ve eaten on a traditional online food journal, you are now telling the world, "I just ate a donut". It’s easy to suggest that one only tweets when they eat healthy food, but as any fat person can tell you, if you do that it’s not even worth starting the program.
The key is making food reporting quick and easy and both TweetYourEats and TweetWhatYouEat have done that.