“I’m just saying, it’s pretty cool to be paid (and be paid well!) for something you want to have happen anyway.”
Everyone’s been there. You’ve started a new fitness routine, you’re feeling motivated to lose weight, you’re kicking butt in the gym, and then…?
Maybe you don’t see your results as quickly as you planned. Or your busy schedule once again takes priority. Sometimes you let the excuses catch back up to you. And then you’re back where you started.
It’s so frustrating, being in a circle of starting and stopping.
And maybe you’ve tried all the different techniques for motivation. You’ve set your workout clothes out ahead of time, created a Pinterest fitness board, made a real life vision board, had a running buddy, or made a workout schedule. Sometimes all of that still isn’t strong enough to combat the massive amount of barriers we face every day.
I want to let you in on an awesome weight loss motivation technique I’ve discovered. The funny thing is I actually had a conversation with a friend about how something like this would be a brilliant idea. Come to realize, it’s already a real thing! And it’s legit! And holy smokes do people have good results from it.
The company I’m talking about is called HealthyWage, and more specifically the program is called HealthyWager. It’s a weight loss motivation program in which people can actually EARN money for losing weight.
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How the heck do you do that?
Here’s the premise:
If you are someone looking to lose weight, you can place a “wager” on yourself to hit your goal weight in a certain amount of time. You can bet as much or as little as you want, but it must be at least over $100 total and you can only bet in increments of $5. So for example, if you want a challenge that lasts 6 months, you must wager over $16.6/month, which rounds up to $20/month. If you want a challenge that’s 18 months, you must bet over $5.5/month, which rounds up to $10/month. The longest challenge available is 18 months and the shortest is 6 months.
When you meet your goal, it’s not like you just get your money back – you make more as a prize!
The most you can win is $10,000. Like whoa. I personally think that earning any money for losing weight you want to lose anyway is pretty cool, so winnings in the thousands are beyond impressive. By looking at their calculator you can figure out how much you could make by adjusting goals/challenge length/wager amount:
But how do they know you’ve met your goal?
One of my first questions was: how do they know you’ve actually lost the weight? Couldn’t someone just lie or have someone else weigh in for them? (Cue someone taking a picture of a scale reading 400 lbs when there’s actually a pile of bricks stacked on it).
The answer: Nope! No cheating! This is legit. To keep this truthful and fair, you actually have a HealthyWager referee remote in and observe you weigh in. Which sounds kinda odd, but how else are they gonna do it? And my thoughts on this – if you’re self-conscious about weighing yourself in front of someone, just remember this is for a weight loss challenge! So many people would like to or need to lose weight but do nothing about it. By doing this challenge, you ARE doing something about it. What else could you be more proud of?
So that’s how they do it. And there’s just a weigh-in at the beginning and at the end, although they do recommend you weigh once weekly so as to keep an eye on your progress. That’s absolutely what I recommend as well! Unless watching your water weight for a condition such as congestive heart failure (CHF), I’d absolutely recommend keeping weigh-ins to once a week ONLY! Otherwise you can’t help but stress over the little weight fluctuations that happen to everyone day-to-day. Why do that to yourself?
But will I actually get paid?
As far as this being a legitimate pay-out? HealthyWage has been featured on networks such as The Today Show, CNN, and NPR, on which actual challenge winners talk about their experience and their earnings. The company would have gotten in trouble a LOOOONG time ago if it wasn’t legit. HealthyWage pays via PayPal or check right after you win your challenge.
As someone who’s watched The Today Show since I was little, I put a lot of faith into this company. Their FAQs page also is extensive and answered all remaining questions I had about the program.
But how is this different? Will it really motivate me?
I have a science-y brain – I am a nurse after all – so what most intrigued me were the studies that have been done on linking weight loss with financial incentives. The Mayo Clinic did a study where they followed participants for 3 to 9 months. Those who met their weight loss goal earned $20 each month, whereas those who didn’t had to pay $20 each month. The study found that the group with the financial incentive had a 62% weight loss goal success rate. Those without the incentive had only a 26% success rate. This suggests that money truly does help preserve motivation, even with long-term weight loss goals.
Here’s the article:
Pretty freakin’ interesting. But maybe that’s just the nerd in me.
Not feeling up the challenge by yourself? You can instead opt for team challenges. If you have some friends who’d also like to lose weight, go ahead and sign your group up to work through it together. Double the motivation. Check out the team challenge page:
Is this program for me?
There are many people who could benefit from this program. The bottom line is that if your BMI is 25 or greater, you are considered overweight and are statistically more likely to develop problems such as cardiovascular disease and type II diabetes. Not sure of your BMI? Check it here:
And yes, BMI is not everything. It does not account for muscle mass. But in general, the only ones for which BMI is skewed are those who perform regular, intense weight training workouts. If that’s not you, it’s still a useful tool to find an ideal weight for your height.
If you are overweight with at least two heart disease risk factors OR are obese (BMI 30 or greater), the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NIH) recommends starting with losing at least 5-10% of your body weight. Even just losing this much can significantly decrease your risk for cardiovascular disease and other chronic problems. Click here to see what qualifies as risk factors.
How much weight should I lose?
The healthy weight loss recommendation is still 0.5 – 2 lbs/week. On shows such as The Biggest Loser, they drop massive amounts of weight every week – but you have to keep in mind that they have medical staff on hand all the time to closely monitor the contestants’ health. Many of the contestants also are morbidly obese and often times can lose more at first because of that.
With this recommendation, I wouldn’t wager losing more than 8 lbs in a month. And think about it: one pound accounts for about 3600 kcal (calories), which is way more than the average person is recommended to eat in a day. So to cut TWO lbs in a week, you have to find a deficit of 7200 kcal in your week. I don’t tell you this to discourage you, I tell you this so you can make a good, honest goal for your weight loss. You need to work on healthy eating and regular exercise to achieve your goals. No one said it was going to be easy – but worth it? Oh yes. Your health will thank you.
How do I lose the weight?
So how do you lose the weight? I’ve talked about calories, but I honestly only recommend looking at calorie intake every once in awhile, just to see how much you’re actually taking in. Calorie-counting can lead to stressing over the tiny details, when what really matters is the type and portion sizes of the food you put in your body.
Exercise is also key. Getting into a regular exercise routine, involving cardio and weight training, will help you shed those pounds. Take a look at my post on how to lose weight with guaranteed results. If you’re still struggling to shed the pounds after a couple weeks, check out my post on common things that sabotage weight loss.
Overall, you need to work on healthy eating and regular exercise to achieve your goals. No one said it was going to be easy – but worth it? Oh yes. Your health will thank you.
What HealthyWage is doing is unique and groundbreaking in the weight loss industry. While nearly every other weight loss program requires you to pay, this is the only one that offers a payout. In the meantime, it’s like you’re investing in yourself every month. Kinda nifty.
But don’t take only my word for it. Here are some of the most recent winners who have consented to sharing their success stories.
I’m just saying, it’s pretty cool to be paid (and be paid well!) for something you want to have happen anyway. Give the weight loss/prize calculator a whirl and give this win-win situation a shot!