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It’s one of the current rages in the weight loss world. Akin to The Biggest Loser. You lose weight and hit your goal, you get paid cold hard cash. The moolah baby!
Let’s face it, money is a huge motivator. After all look at the crazy things we do for it.
Of course there is a lot more, but you get the point. Money motivates.
It makes sense to attach some monetary award to your weight loss goals. After all, the necessary lifestyle changes to lose weight are difficult at first. Monet is a huge motivation. Using one to help the other sounds like a great idea.
So why am I not a big fan of these programs like DietBet.com?
I’ll explain. Keep in mind that you will have to test for yourself. Nothing is perfect for everybody. These are just my experiences from training hundreds of women.
Let’s start out positive!
Why DietBet.com and Other Programs Are Awesome!
Sites like DietBet.com are great because they provide a fun way to get started in fitness and eating better. The competition and risk of putting your money on the line makes it pretty emotionally engaging (which is a double edged sword as you’ll see in a minute).
If you find a good game to join (game is the competition where you put your money on the line)… with your friends, then it can be fun. You can motivate each other, but more likely than not, you’ll poke fun and compete.
That competitive mode is also a very powerful motivator for many people. Not everybody loves it, but many do. Remember I said, nothing is perfect for everybody. You have to find what works for you.
So Why Does DietBet.com and Other Paid Programs Potentially Set You Up For Failure?
First: It’s a 4 week sprint for the prize.
On DietBet.com the rules are lose 4% of your starting weight and you get a chunk of the prize money. I love that because it’s not winner take all. It’s more of a sprint that separates the winners and losers. People who take action win… people who don’t lose.
4% of your starting weight. Let’s say you weigh 180 pounds. 4% of 180 is 7.2 pounds. That’s a great level. You should be able to lose a lot more than that if you workout correctly and make only small changes to your diet. All in all, that’s a safe amount to lose especially in the beginning.
But is it the right type of weight?
4% is most likely not even that much body fat at all… if any. Your weight can easily fluctuate 5 to 7 pounds in a given week. Most early weight loss under 10 pounds is…
Did you know the average person holds between 5 and 20 pounds of fecal matter in their body?
That can just put this into perspective.
Second: Long term what’s happening?
Listen, overall, anything to get your started is a great thing. I just want you to be aware of some things so you can make a site like DietBet.com work better for you.
That leads me to question the long term affects of betting on weight loss.
Clearly money works. DietBet.com states a 5x higher success rate. I don’t know what that really means because they don’t say 5x more successful than… (fill in the blank).
However, I have no doubt that it’s more successful. In the short term.
What about the long term?
What about 8 months from today?
What good is losing 10 pounds today to gain back 15 pounds tomorrow because you lost the wrong type of weight?
The biggest problem is for such a short term sprint, most people will use methods of “weight” loss that are dangerous.
You name it, some people will do anything to hit that short term goal no matter the long term affects.
It’s hard because in my training business, we do 8 week long competitions (both the Boot Camp and Fit Women’s Weekly). It works better because I can set rules and monitor my clients better…
But it’s still a shorter sprint. And I can’t watch my clients all the time.
I want you to be aware of this. Long term success is immensely more important than a short term payoff. Crazy short term methods can actually make it harder in the long term to shape that body and boost your health like you want.
How Can You Use DietBet.com To Succeed?
I do think DietBet.com has a place if used correctly. Here are my rules for success with betting money and weight loss:
Rule 1 – Do it with friends
Make sure you only do this with friends. That way you can help monitor each other and make sure you’re not doing anything crazy like exercising everyday for an hour or two. (I’ve been there. It’s very very dangerous.)
Plus friends potentially make it more fun.
Rule 2 – Do it with an expert.
Use a community like Fit Women’s Weekly or a personal trainer in your home town to supervise.
Having an expert will help you get on the plan for weight loss that is safe and built for long term success. Like I mentioned above, with the right workout plan and a couple small changes, 10 to 12 pounds in 4 weeks is more than doable.
You just have to do it correctly. So get help!
Rule 3 – Use it for your first 20 pounds or so.
Remember I mentioned that as you lose weight, it will get harder and harder to continue a fast pace.
Plus, if you’re just concentrating on losing weight through diet alone, you are going to be losing a lot of lean muscle mass. This is NOT good and you can learn more about that by watching my video here.
As a woman, the most powerful thing you can do is build strength. As you get strong, you’ll put on lean muscle mass and that will help feed your confidence. It will also help you be more motivated to eat better and learn about eating.
When this happens, what the scale says means absolutely nothing. It’s all about inches lost.
I have clients that lose only 5 pounds… practically nothing… but lose over 2 sizes in their waist. That’s because they are putting on lean mass and shrinking from losing body fat.
By just working to lose weight, you are going to hurt your body in the long run.
Now you have some things to think about.
Again, I don’t think DietBet.com is bad. You just have to learn how to use it correctly. I think it can be very motivating and fun way to get started.
Have you used DietBet.com before?
Do you love the idea of betting on your weight loss?