The Future Of “Texting” and Weight Loss

Posted: December 6, 2011 in Uncategorized

Finally after all of this time, researchers have confirmed that “texting” may be more beneficial than originally determined.  However, don’t expect the police to stop writing tickets to the dare devils who break the law and text at the wheel.  A recent study suggests that tailored text messages can help overweight and obese teens lose weight.  The study appeared online recently in the journal “Obesity,” claiming that text messages can be a good way to help teens adopt lifestyle changes. Text Messages Offer Weight Loss Advice

After skimming this article I became curious about the types of text messages being sent out to teens.  Apparently the messages offer testimonials, meal and recipe ideas, targeted tips, reflective questions, feedback questions and tailored messages.  I could be wrong, but I thought there were applications already available to smart phones that provide similar weight loss advice.  I can see how text messages may be more accessible and consistent, but nothing guarantees that the individual receiving the message will actually make use of the advice.

Kids are starting to use cell phones at a younger age and researchers believe text messaging can help obese teens lose weight. Photo credit to DJ King.

Throughout the short life I’ve lived, my weight has fluctuated depending on the time of the year, and the activities I’m currently participating in.  In preparation for the summer I spend an increased amount of time at the gym and follow a strict eating regimen.  There are days when I lack motivation to workout, which I’ve discovered is a common excuse for a lot of people.  Why do you think people spend thousands of dollars on personal trainers and gym memberships?  To MOTIVATE themselves.  I have a hard time believing that a simple text message can motivate an individual too permanently adopt lifestyle changes.

I don’t mean to be a “debbie downer,” but it’s just not that easy.  If someone has to rely on a text message for the motivation to work out, something tells me they’re not that serious about losing weight.  An individual must have a burning desire to get in shape because ultimately it is their responsibility to maintain a workout schedule.  I’m not a personal trainer or a fitness expert, but I have experienced how difficult losing weight can be and trust me, it’s hard.

There was a time in my life when I was nearly 30 pounds overweight and my diminished self-confidence was the outcome.  It wasn’t until I couldn’t stand to look at my own reflection in a mirror that I decided it was time for a change.  I committed myself to a new lifestyle and set personal goals in order to help me monitor my progress and achieve overall success.  After three months of hard work and dedication, I lost almost 30 pounds and rejuvenated my self-confidence.  Some days were harder than others, but the motivation to achieve my goals was what fueled my ambition.

I guess the point I’m trying to make is that a text message containing weight loss advice can only do so much.  If an individual lacks the motivation to achieve significant weight loss, then a text message is worthless.  Inspiration must come from within and even though a text message can offer beneficial weight loss advice, a commitment to losing weight must be self driven.

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