As promised in my previous post entitled My Skinny Valentine, herewith my experience and review on diet bet. I hope it will give you more insight as to whether it is something you might like to do.
There are a variety of options:
Kickstarter – For those looking to lose at least 4% of their body weight over the course of 4 weeks. On average, winners lose 4kg. (9 pounds).
Transformer – Tailored toward those who would like to lose at least 10% of their weight over the course of 6 months. On average, winners lose 10kg (24 pounds).
Maintainer – For those who would like to maintain their current weight.
What are the steps:
First, you’ll need to join DietBet by signing up using your Facebook credentials, or by entering your email address and password and then choosing your category.
After your account has been setup, you’ll need to complete your weigh in, which involves submitting 2 photos to DietBet’s Referees; one in “airport security attire” (no shoes, socks, or belt, with pockets completely empty) while standing on a scale, and another of your scale’s readout, including your weigh in word on a note card, which is automatically generated for you after signing up.
After you’ve completed your photos and weighed in, it’s time to begin your weight loss challenge. Throughout the process, you’ll be able to post comments and photos on your challenge’s wall, while receiving weight loss tips and daily email motivation.
Lastly, once your challenge has ended, you’ll have 48 hours to post your final weight, although you won’t be required to submit a final photo unless you’re a winner. If you are a winner though, your DietBet account will be credited your earnings, which can then be applied to another DietBet challenge, or transferred to PayPal.
I decided to go for the Love Your Body Kickstarter which is a 4 week Challenge. The goal is to lose 4% of your body weight. The bet started on the 13th of February and finished on the 12th of March. There were 52 players and the pot had a grand total of $5320!
To keep myself motivated I posted infograms on my profile page at least three times a week. I also walked (briskly) or ran at least 3 to 4 times a week; and as Runkeeper is one of the tracking sites that DietBet syncs to it was inspiring to see my activity being logged.
My weight loss occured as follows:
Week 1: 41 %
Week 2: 62 %
Week 3: 83 %
Week 4: 100 %
Although I only needed to lose 2.9kg (6.3 pounds), I actually got rid of 4.1kg (9 pounds)!! The bet cost $35 to join and on completion I got $46. Out of the 152 competitors, a total of 86 won and the rest were runner up's. Runner up's is just a nice word for somebody who never made it. Not a big money spinner but it gave me the accountability that I needed. It definitely brought out the competitive edge in me and made me even more determined to not only keep the money I had invested, but pull out all the stops in terms of diet "tricks" I think getting paid to actually lose weight is a brilliant concept. Would I do it again? Absolutely!
Fast track to today 18th of May, I have succesfully lost more and I am at a happy weight :)