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9/7/13 10:11 P

A monetary bet wouldn't motivate me to do anything.

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9/7/13 9:49 A

Anything that keeps you going can be a an incentive...but
I the more important issue is learning a healthy lifestyle so you can keep it off.
I'm not sure if I would be tempted to eat far less calories than I need,
versus doing the activity I need to taking it off faster.

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9/7/13 9:19 A

Have done it several times....and won every time. Bet to lose 10% of body weight in 90 days. Bet is $100. If you win you don't pay but if you lose everyone else who wins shares your money.

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9/7/13 7:17 A

I have a different motivation but it would be interesting to see if anyone won any money.

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9/7/13 7:11 A

Nothing on the internet that requires money is a good bet. Who is keeping the players honest? Anyone could lie and take the money.

Bet with yourself and reward yourself.

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9/7/13 3:58 A

Never heard of it

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9/7/13 3:25 A

I'd be too worried of losing my money too!

Right now, I'm just maintaining. I actually want to lose another 30lbs that's been there forever! But my weight doesn't seem to be moving down at all! It's frustrating!

I'm also v. short so I would love to be like 95lbs or something. But my body just won't obey!

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9/7/13 2:02 A was the first step in my weight loss! I recommend it to everyone. It has an element of accountability, incentive, and it encourages weight loss at a healthy rate. I think it's an excellent concept.

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9/7/13 12:27 A

I can't afford to lose my money

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9/7/13 12:11 A

What if you do a bet that's based on what you DO, not what happens? In other words, rather than betting about losing a certain amount of weight, you would bet on hitting your calorie target range every day for 4 weeks or exercising 30 minutes every day for 4 weeks, or whatever goal you've been trying to achieve.

When you bet (or set firm goals) about losing a certain amount of weight, it's never an entirely fair bet. Weight loss is influenced by things you can't entirely control-- hormones, weather, or just luck. Betting/goal setting about behavior or actions means you control everything, 100%. Some people might like the element of luck and surprise, but I think for most people, setting controllable goals is much more likely to lead to permanent change and new habits. It's also better emotionally for most people-- it's really distressing to do everything "right" and still miss your goal/lose your bet. If your goal is based on what you do, then if you do everything "right," you have won. There's no chance of feeling cheated.

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9/6/13 1:46 P

I'm doing one with some friends right now. I think it's fun and motivational, but I think if it's something that will make you put too much pressure on yourself you shouldn't do it.

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9/6/13 12:56 P

Good points. This is about the 1000th time I've tried to lose weight, but the first time I am truly making a lifestyle change. I think this idea is kind of against the 'lifestyle change' mentality....more geared toward 'quick fix'.

The $30 would probably do much more good being spent on fitness equipment or recipe books.

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9/6/13 12:45 P

If you want to have a diet "bet" - why go through the middleman? Dietbetter takes 25% of *everything* that is put in. Seems to me that you and your friend could arrange some sort of bet without having to pay someone to arrange the stakes for you?

I will also note that 4% of your weight in a month is a pretty tall order. My starting weight (245) x 4% = 10 pounds, which is MORE than 2#/week. My current weight (185#) x 4% *still* works out to requiring a 1.85#/week loss, which.... the closer you are to goal weight, the less you can expect to actually lose each week. I would be hard pressed to lose an average of 1.85#/week over 4 weeks at this point.

So, yeah, I think it would be extra stress that might encourage you to seek out "extreme measures" to try and meet this goal, which often backfires over the longer term... and in the process you are handing money over to some website to run what *should* be a very simple game that you could arrange yourself.

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9/6/13 12:35 P

Hmmm well sounds like a good incentive, I know a few friends that have done that with family members. I'm not so sure I do it from a website but that's just me

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9/6/13 12:21 P

A friend recently invited me on Facebook to join a 'Diet Bet'. The site is

You join a game and place your bet (this particular one is $30). Whoever is in the game and loses 4% of their starting weight in 4 weeks splits the pot.

Initially, I thought no way, that's too much pressure and I don't want to be pressured to lose weight because then I might go all crazy and binge or starve myself or something.

However, I also think that the extra incentive could cause me to bust through the little plateau I've been on. 4% of me is about 7.5 pounds, so that is still less than 2 pounds a week.

I just wanted to see how other people felt about this. Good idea or not?

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