Fitness and Weight Loss 'This is how Instagram helped me lose 10 pounds'

One woman says it's all about the hashtags.

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A new study shows that people who used Instagram as a photo food diary ate healthier and stuck to their goals. The reasons: followers hold you accountable, while a grid of pics shows you a snapshot of your diet.

In fact, Kathleen Vuong (@whatkateats) lost 10 pounds after starting a #fooddiary account. Here's her advice on using Instagram as part of your slim-down plan:

1. BE DETAILED.

Instead of "Awesome lunch today!" write "Spicy salmon and fish roe salad for lunch with an iced jasmine green tea." Specific captions help you remember (and re-create) meals.

2. GO PRETTY.

"I'll make and eat healthy foods, like a colorful salad, because veggies will photograph better than a ham and cheese sandwich," Vuong says. "They usually get more likes, so it's positive reinforcement."

3. USE HASHTAGS.

Searching ones like #healthyeats helped Vuong find nutritious meal inspiration, and including them on her own posts drove traffic to her feed.

This article originally appeared in the September 2017 issue of Women's Health. For more great advice, pick up a copy of the issue on newsstands now!

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