Sunday, September 15, 2013

Website Review: Diet Bet

This is not a sponsored post in any way - I just wanted to introduce you to a website you may not have heard of, and let you know my thoughts and experience.

In March, I was so happy to reach what I had planned to be my goal weight. But.... I got lazy, summer happened, and by the end of my summer vacation I had gained 7 pounds. I needed to do something - I am only 5 feet tall, so every pound is visible on my body.

I read about Diet Bet, and I was intrigued. People start challenges, with a buy-in amount they set between $10 and $500. The leader of the challenge also chooses the start date, and then participants have 28 days to lose 4% of their body weight. For me, that was a little over 5 lbs. Definitely a manageable amount to lose in a month, but not an easy amount. Then, at the end of the challenge, everyone who lost 4% splits the pot.

You weigh-in and weigh-out with very specific procedures that involve taking full-body (obviously clothed) pictures and weighing in on a digital scale with a "Word of the Day" written on a piece of paper. Then your pictures and entries are verified by Diet Bet employees, and you may be randomly selected for further verification, such as doing a Skype weigh-in.

For me, this was a great set-up. I loved knowing that I wasn't competing against anyone other than myself. I love fitness challenges because I'm super competitive and highly motivated by winning money, but some challenges are hard for me because I'm small. For people significantly bigger than me, it's easier to lose larger amounts of weight. So this challenge was great, because as long as I stayed dedicated, I could win my money back (and hopefully more!), and it had nothing to do with anyone else. I have no idea what the average percentage is for winners versus losers, but I personally entered a contest with a $25 buy-in and won $40. So I got my money back, plus just a little more.

What do you think? Anyone else think something like this would work for them? The only thing I didn't like about this was that I didn't know anyone else doing it, so I'm hoping to get some buddies to join the next one I do, which will be in October. I'm thinking about this one from Jillian Michaels.

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