Can You Twitter Your Way To Thin?

Cabbage soup. Grapefruit. Agave lemonade with cayenne pepper. We all know the foods of the fad diets. The latest dieting trend, however, doesn't involve a specific food, but rather the social networking site, Twitter. Tweet What You Eat (TWYE) is, in simple terms, an online food diary that uses Twitter to publish your every snack attack. You log everything you eat and drink (and the program logs your calories), in an attempt to shame yourself out of downing mounds of molten chocolate cake and motivate yourself to dine on steamed veggies-all the while having the support of other TWYE-ers.

Eating more of these foods will help you shed pounds.

It makes sense that it could work: Research shows that group dieting leads to less stress and better long-term weight-loss success; it also shows that women eat less when they think they're being watched-by a man, at least; and Allure's own collection of diet secrets from skinny women revealed that they keep track of everything they ingest. And while we personally follow the less humiliating (and less brutal) tenets of The Cheaters' Diet, we can't help but imagine how cathartic it would be to cop to every candy bar-and how much fun it would be to live vicariously through the ice cream binges of fellow Tweeters. What think-would you join?

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