Do Facebook Diets Really Work? One Doctor Says No

While some have reported amazing success in sharing their weight-loss strategies via Facebook dieting applications, one doctor warns that this very public approach to self-improvement could backfire.

“You could be setting yourself up for failure, a very public one at that,” says Dr. Wilfred Aguila, author of Why I Don’t Lose Weight: Conquering the Cycle of Obesity, in a new article in Huffington Post,

He explains that obesity can be spawned by a vicious cycle of anxiety, depression and guilt that leads to overeating in an attempt to soothe rickety emotions.

At first blush, journaling slim-down goals may seem a smart strategy to making aspirations public, and therefore real, something to be taken seriously that makes said dieter publicly accountable.

But if things go wrong, like willpower dwindles one day and weight-reduction targets go amiss, “the pressure of having the eyes of the world looking upon you increases your feelings of failure. It will fuel your stress, anxiety and guilt, which will in-turn, lead back to overeating,” Aguila says.

Instead of going public with your dieting goals, Aguila suggests individuals who want to lose wait commit to themselves, not their friends. “It’s your body,” and not the body of anyone else in your social network, he says.

Everyone’s entitled to their opinions, but we can’t help wondering whether Dr. Aguila is naysaying Facebook dieting applications because they are free of charge and doubtlessly taking business away from diet doctors.

Do you agree with this doctor’s warning? And do you know anyone who’s at least tried to lose weigh by tracking their dieting travails online?

Jackie Cohen infused this post with some opnion.

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