The thing is, the fact that I'm not alone in this struggle is actually easy to forget, because other than the occasional "I ate wayyy too much" groan at dinner parties, weight isn't something we often talk about. Not in detail, anyway.
In fact, when you hear someone say "I really need to drop 20 pounds" don't you kind of want to end the conversation? Immediately? I mean there's no good way to continue. Either you lie and say "No you don't! You look great!", or you do the not-quite-disagreeing dismissal that can only be interpreted as agreement: "Psshh, girl, you crazy."
A social network dedicated ENTIRELY to weight loss.
Before you start kicking and screaming about the number of sites that already purport to do this, hear me out.
Most weight loss programs that have online components, (which is to say, every single diet program that exists), have these lamely executed "chat rooms" where strangers can log on and share recipe ideas, diet tips, and weight loss stories. The key word here is strangers. As a current member of WeightWatchers.com, I can tell you right now, I almost never use these boards. They just seem so impersonal. Nothing excites me less than hearing about how some rando from Idaho lost 20 pounds by eating low-fat cottage cheese and raspberries every day.
Here's how it would work:
- You'd create a profile that includes all the personal info you want to share, PLUS where you're trying to be fitness-wise
- You'd find your friends, just like on Facebook, and add them to your network
- You'd use the space to share recipes, tips, exercise routines etc.
- You could also set up competitions among your friends, Biggest Loser style, or set up gym-meeting times (or virtual gym-meeting times where everyone goes to their respective gym at the same time!...am I the only one excited by that?)
How would the site make money? My guess is ads from the 8 million weight-loss programs out there, though I'd want to be careful about bombarding the members with that sort of thing.
Anyway, I know this idea needs work, but I'd love to hear your thoughts. Think it could be a hit?