How Pinterest Can Help You Lose Weight

I resisted Pinterest for a long time. I thought my schedule couldn’t possibly handle taking on yet another social media site, but I’m now happily hooked. And I recommend it to my clients. Here are three reasons why joining Pinterest can be a savvy weight-loss strategy:

It’s All About the Food
On Pinterest I rarely see photos of people with their food, but there are countless beautiful, up-close photos of mouthwatering, healthy meals. I love that, because I always say we eat with our eyes as well as our taste buds and tummies, so when healthy fare is visually appealing, it can help you get excited about eating well and staying on track. I’m addicted to posting pics of my recipes and I have a ball playing food stylist. I encourage my clients to do the same, because it keeps them motivated and engaged in a healthy lifestyle. Sharing that with the world can be incredibly empowering. And I love seeing their visual interpretations of my recipes—kinda like how two women might wear the same outfit in different ways. 

Humor
I’m a firm believer that laughter is medicine. It’s also technically a form of exercise (really), and I find a lot of LOL fodder on Pinterest, like this pin. Here’s some more info about laughter, wellness and weight loss, and a video that always makes me giggle.

Quick, Actionable Info  
Communication is a changin’ – these days we like it short and sweet, so that old phrase ‘a picture is worth a thousand words’ has never been more spot-on. Pins can convey a lot with just an image, and generate ‘aha moments’ that translate into meaningful habits. For example, a picture can show you how to spruce up plain H2O so you can drink more and kick the soda habit, offer quick tips for how to make veggies taste yummy, or help you find lots of healthy snack ideas.

Are you on Pinterest? If so what do you love about it? Does it help you stay healthy? Please tweet @cynthiasass and @Shape_Magazine. Don't forget to visit SHAPE's Pinterest page while you're at it!

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Cynthia Sass is a registered dietitian with master's degrees in both nutrition science and public health. Frequently seen on national TV, she's a SHAPE contributing editor and nutrition consultant to the New York Rangers and Tampa Bay Rays. Her latest New York Times best seller is S.A.S.S. Yourself Slim: Conquer Cravings, Drop Pounds and Lose Inches.
 

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