You may not immediately think of Twitter as a place you go to for information about health, wellness, and fitness; but why not? Today, as more people are constantly on the go with smartphones in hand, tweeting is a great way to share bite-sized morsels of information for the masses. (And you’d better be brief; at just 140 characters, Twitter doesn’t allow rambling.)
These top fifteen health, wellness, fitness and nutrition specialists are people that fill all sorts of niches on the path towards a better you; some championing for specific eating styles or fitness regimens, some sharing common sense nutrition, some just fostering a great sense of community. Check them out to see why we recommend you follow these people on Twitter, and tweet at us @diettogo to tell us who makes up your “must follow” list.
Dr. Oz rose to fame as Oprah’s resident doctor, and now this cardiologist has his own show. His useful tweets include things like his top 20 uses for Epsom salts and recipes for infused waters to help beat bloat.
Did you know that epsom salt is one of the most versatile items in you pantry? Click to see my 20 favorite uses: http://t.co/Fw4IRgh2rL— Dr. Mehmet Oz (@DrOz) April 10, 2014
Having a cool last name isn’t the only thing this caveman has going for him; he’s one of the founders of the Paleo movement. His tweets are packed full of info about the Paleo lifestyle, including retweets of fan followers who’ve had success on the plan.
Segedie is the creator of Mamavation, a women’s health and wellness network in addition to the BookieBoo network. Her passionate work in advocating for more awareness and action against genetically modified foods is admirable – watch her account for fun Twitter parties with partners like the Mushroom Council and Stonyfield Organic Yogurts.
Steve Kamb calls himself the ‘Rebel Leader of Nerd Fitness’. His contagious passion for helping others "level up" their lives is not only inspiring, it’s funny, too. If you like the idea of getting healthy with a side of nerdy, follow Steve.
We can’t fix yesterday, and tomorrow hasn’t happened yet. Why not focus on today?— Steve Kamb (@SteveKamb) April 10, 2014
The founder of Fitfluential keeps an active Twitter feed, almost as active as her fitness-filled life. From selfies that will make you smile to her latest workout DVD recommendations, Olexa’s tweets are RT-worthy.
OMG. Did you know that some birds can sleep while they fly? Yes, I actually Google things like where do birds sleep.— Kelly Olexa (@KellyOlexa) April 11, 2014
In search of clean eats that are drool-worthy? You’ll find them on PowerCakes’ feed. Kasey creates yummy meals out of wholesome ingredients, whipping things like chia seeds and spirulina into delicious, filling treats. Her positivity and optimism shine in just 140 characters.
This healthy-living and plus-size fashion blogger rocks her tweets with an honesty that’s hard to find in the sometimes seemingly perfect world of social media. She shares #TransparentTuesday posts, and real, intimate thoughts about the challenging but rewarding path to optimum health. She also highlights the crème de la crème of plus-sized fashion – from runway ready to casually comfy.
As a self-described ‘Self Esteem Ninja’, Carla’s thoughtful anecdotes on life will make you stop and think about just why you’re embarking on this whole healthy-living thing. Her #wycwyc hashtag founded with @RoniNoone is based on doing what you can, when you can, and throwing out the idea of perfection.
This healthy-living powerhouse founded the FitBloggin conference, created Green Light Bites, has maintained a 70 pound weight loss, and shares clever gems like this to help you navigate your way through a healthy kitchen.
Holy fresh jalapeño slices on homemade sandwich! So good! Spice it up people. Flavorful food is way more satisfying!— Roni Noone (@RoniNoone) April 10, 2014
Most people say they hate Jillian Michaels, and usually it’s for good reason; after a butt-kicking workout via her epic line of fitness DVDs. Despite her tough-guy attitude during training (it’s for the greater good!), Michaels’ tweets are motivational, uplifting, and usually, a good reminder to get off the couch.
Amer is a personal trainer who tweets not only useful fitness tips like the one below, but reflections on the inner-balance necessary towards achieving a health mind and healthy body. Watch for his introspective ideas on what true health really means.
If using the stair master don't lean forward onto the machine. Not only is this lazy but also causes imbalances in your hips!— AMER THE HAMMER (@AMERtheHAMMER) April 12, 2014
Pollan is the author of The Omnivore’s Dilemma, Food Rules, Cooked, and many more. His real-food-focused tweets bring about the top science and health news related to nutrition, and his intellectual insights into the ways we interact with what we eat is truly food for thought.
If gluten is your enemy, you’ll want to follow Shauna. Her gorgeous food photos, like this recent one of a slice of a dutch baby, will make you think “No gluten? Who cares?!”.
Do you like your healthy recipes delivered with a side of British charm? Of course you do – who doesn’t? Jamie Oliver tweets mouthwatering recipes and musings on his every day life. His food advocacy is inspiring, as he fights to make healthier meals more accessible for all.
Sass is a sports nutritionist for the New York Rangers and Tampa Bay Rays, in addition to a best selling author. She tweets relevant but amusing articles about health and nutrition, like the one shown below about preventing “hanger” (anger caused by hunger.)
Author: Alyssa Curran
Alyssa Curran does social media by day and tweets pictures of her cats and food by night. When she’s not hanging out on social media, she’s writing on the Double Chin Diary, buying nail polish, or perpetually trying to get in shape.