The #1 way to stick to your diet is going to sound strange, but trust me on this one.

There’s a popular new “social networking” website: Twitter.com. At first glance, it looks as dumb as it sounds. But after spending some time on it, I realized it could help my clients stay accountable to others – and that’s key when it comes to sticking to a diet. Because if you promise others that you are going to lose weight, and you promise to report the contents of every meal, you’ll think twice about cheating on your diet.

I use Twitter to post all of my meals, snacks, and nutrition tips over the course of the day, and I encourage my clients to do the same. No one likes to disappoint other people or look bad in their eyes. So when we say we’re going to stick to a diet, AND we’re going to post every meal we eat on the Internet, it motivates us to keep working toward that goal.

It’s really simple. You just sign up for an account, and then you can post whatever you want (limited to 140 characters per post). Some folks call this micro-blogging, and most folks use Twitter for business networking – but we’re going to use it for social support.

To get started, go to Twitter.com and sign up for your free account. Then you can search for people to “follow” – to see their updates. And other people can “follow” you to see your updates.

Of course, you don’t need Twitter to be accountable for sticking to your fat-loss plan. You can keep a daily food journal for your trainer, post your meals on a weight-loss message board, or simply buddy up with a friend and check in every day. But Twitter is a quick way to do it online.

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Craig Ballantyne is the author of The Perfect Day Formula: How to Own the Day and Control Your Life. Craig has been a contributor to Men’s Health magazine for over 17 years. Today he teaches his gift high-performing entrepreneurs how to squeeze more out of their days, increase their income, and make more quality time for their families in his Perfect Life Workshop and Work-Life Mastery programs. Craig used his own advice to overcome crippling anxiety attacks in 2006, and he’ll teach you his 5 Pillars of Success so you can increase your income, decrease your work time, and live the life of your dreams. Learn more about Craig at craigballantyne.com