Let me be clear: I am not a player . Sure, I reluctantly took part in Super Bowl and Oscar voting pools because it was easier to say 'no', but usually I do not play. Even when the lottery recently reached $ 1 billion, I did not buy a single ticket. Casinos make my palms sweat. But somehow when I heard about an app that was about cutting money for weight loss, it hit a chord.
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Then, in an age of twenty, I found an app.
After hearing from a friend of DietBet, an app developed by the software company Waybetter, I went to a digital limb and downloaded it. 1
Sounds like there has to be a catch, right? Well, maybe not: To date, DietBet users have lost a total of 5 million pounds and received more than $ 21 million in disbursements.
So I tried to put my money where my juice-cleansed mouth is.
My First DietBet Challenge Called The summer vacation comeback of Fat Girl Fed Up was staged by the 28-year-old Instagram sensation Lexi Reed, who made an impressive diet and exercise 312 Pound has lost during the last two years. With their leadership and daily social support from the community aspect of the app, it was just the kind of responsibility I needed. Although I actually lost and lost the two-ounce (19459003) race in 19459004, I still felt like a winner who lost 6.5 pounds in a month.
My eyes were opened to a whole A new world of diet and DietBet was only the beginning.
Hooked, I turned to another Waybetter app, StepBet, which syncs with your smartphone or fitness tracker and uses your step history to assign goals. Beat your step goals, or you risk … buh nuh nuh … elimination.
For someone who has difficulty staying at any kind of diet or exercise It turns out that a little friendly competition – and a financial incentive – was exactly what I needed. After three StepBet games, I lost 16 pounds, walked more than 1.6 million paces and won a total of $ 150 (along with an Amazon gift card for $ 25). And the best part? It was fun .
And I'm not the only one who benefits from financial incentives.
Several studies have shown that incentives to lose weight with cash lead to actual results. As a study in Canada found, most people know what they need to do to lose weight – they just need a real (preferably green) reason to do so. Randino H., participant of StepBet, says he is more motivated by the threat of losing than the weight loss itself. "When I'm not in a game, I'm not training at all – when I'm in a game "I train six days a week – I'm not willing to lose money because I'm lazy!"
Illinois' mother, Nicky Crete, learned about Healthy Wage, another community-based betting program, and tried it while providing for her son at home to earn extra income. At $ 20 a month for a year in which she lost 30 pounds, Crete lost weight and won $ 474.
But the dollar signs aside, Crete, who has also completed four StepBet games – says she will not get back for the money. but for the supportive community. "Strangely enough, I feel that some of us actually get to know each other a bit, or at least support each other's ups and downs, it's the accountability to ourselves and each other, not the $ 10 we're going to make."
Of course, it's all fun and games … until it's not like that.
As with any diet program, there are many ways to back down. "I would look forward to four-week challenges because the games are so short that it can come to a yo-yo diet," warns Crete. "It's easy to be good for six weeks, then it's not healthy."
Besides, ICYMI makes playing pretty addictive. Although I still do not consider myself a "player", it is worth noting that many people struggle with the betting habits and can be dangerous for some.
But as I see it, betting on yourself is more reliable than a run at the roulette table. If you want to lose weight, you are motivated by money (and have a healthy relationship with betting). Maybe it's something you need to throw a few dollars. I am now 16 pounds lighter and my pockets are a bit heavier – I would say it works for me.
Jenny Powers is a born and bred New York woman who knows how to discover fascinating stories and carry on top of trends. Find out more about her work here.