Increasing numbers of dieters are posting online food diaries to social-networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook.
If all of your friends and family got a peek into your daily diet, would you make healthier choices?
Increasing numbers of dieters are posting online food diaries to social-networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook. Eva Parks, a Dallas woman, utilizes a food fan page on Facebook to take her diet a step further.
"I started it as a joke -- 'What's Eva Eating?' -- and in the last three weeks, I've had 91 fans," she said.
Tweet What You Eat, a Twitter-based service, even uses a calorie database of user-submitted counts that can fill in calorie counts every time a user enters what he or she has eaten.
Parks works out four to five days a week and watches what she eats Monday through Friday.
"Like most people, I struggle with weight, and several years ago, I lost 25 pounds," she said. "For me, it wasn't taking the weight off -- that was the easy part -- it's maintaining the weight."
Diet specialists say the trend is a smart way to get community support.
And Parker's friends are not afraid to post comments. She said she felt the peer pressure as she sat down for a meal at Mi Cocina.
"I took the picture and actually felt a little guilty, so I only tried a little of each," she said.