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Would You Lose More if You Were Paid to Lose Weight?

By June 20, 2012

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piggy bankThere's a new trend in weight loss programs.  Dieters are joining online lotteries where they might get paid to lose weight.  The catch is that you have to pay a fee to join the group.  A popular program called MatchUp requires an initial registration fee of $60 - $300 (depending on the program you choose) but you have the chance to win thousands of dollars.

Why Money Works

The diet-for-money incentive is appealing because it employs an age-old technique: extrinsic motivation.    We are often willing to endure short-term discomfort or sacrifice if we see a tangible reward in the near future.

The trick for dieters is turning the short -term goal into a long-term strategy.  You might be willing to diet for money in the short term but then when the financial incentive goes away (or you don't win the prize) you're left without a reason to continue to make the difficult changes that are needed to maintain (or increase) your weight loss.

Long-Term Success?

Successful dieters know that to get the pounds off and to keep the weight off for good, you need to find some satisfaction with your new body or your new level of health.   Experts call this intrinsic motivation.  This is what holds our attention over the long haul.

Anyone can employ these strategies at home (without a membership fee!).  You just have to know how to set up the goals and design the incentives.   But if the do-it-yourself plan isn't for you, a lottery might be just the thing that gets you started.

Would you lose more if you were paid to lose weight?  Visit the About.com Weight Loss Facebook page and cast your vote.  Have you tried one of those programs? I want to know if it worked!

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June 27, 2012 at 11:53 am
(1) archer says:

If it’s me, I would be willing to do it also. Weight loss is all about motivation and determination. I am even having my weight loss plan currently. No complains.

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June 29, 2012 at 7:20 am
(2) Kate says:

I don’t know about this being a great idea for everyone. When I was younger I grew pretty fat quite quickly and my mum tried to help by paying me to lose weight. I can completely understand, she was worried about my health as I was ten years old and wearing a ladies size 12 clothes. I am a healthy weight adult HOWEVER I have never felt slim or attractive and have suffered anorexia, bulimia & binge eating disorder since my late teens, I have also been advised by my GP that I am body dysmorphic and have had plastic surgery. I never realized I resented being paid to diet until a few years ago when I had gained 5lbs from resuming a normal eating pattern after a long battle with severe undereating. I weighed 8stone at 5’7″ and refused to see my family, in particular my mother as I was afraid she would look upon me as too fat. Which I know is ridiculous she just wants me well and happy and truly now would not care what I weighed and had been very worried to see me quite thin and still dieting. The worst of my problems have been beating anorexia, to end up bulimic, to control that to end up with BED which have seen me gaining and then struggling to lose 30lbs a few times over the past 4 years. I refuse to purge or starve ever again it’s no life at all. But it’s harder to control binge eating. Anyway to get back on track, I think entering a competition to win money to lose weight is a great idea as you are putting yourself forward for it but I would strongly advise anyone against using this as a remedy for friends or family to lose weight! If the people that love you can’t accept you as you are then who can? Also, in my darkest binges I know that paying me would have no effect, I would have just eaten more. In defiance(?) or to punish myself I am not sure.

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