Today’s Reading List: Man turns to Reddit for weight-loss support and motivation

Finding the motivation to make – and maintain – lifestyle changes isn’t easy. So when Lucas Irwin embarked on a goal to lose 100 lbs., he turned to the popular social networking site Reddit to stay motivated.

Reddit is a social networking website where users gather to share and discuss a vast variety of topics, categorized into different forums called “subreddits.” Two of those are called r/loseit and r/progresspics, and they’re changing the way many people are losing weight.

Roughly 230,000 people subscribe to r/loseit and 103,000 to r/progresspics, according to

A Heart and Stroke survey found that 90 per cent of people don’t have a person or resource to help maintain their weight loss, and that without support, 60 per cent regain at least some of their weight, and 30 per cent regain all of it or more.

If you’re looking for motivation to make healthy changes in your life, check out subreddits like r/loseit to see if that can become the motivation you need to get started and stick with it.

The Toronto Star has more on Lucas’ story and many others who have benefited.




Posted on October 3, 2014 in Health in the News, Reading List

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