Wednesday, September 11, 2013
I was super psyched this morning to find out that Jillian Michaels is sponsoring a DietBet that begins on Sept 24! If you have been curious about DietBets from reading my blog posts and you are a fan of Jillian Michaels and The Biggest Loser, this would be a GREAT Bet for you to join.
I've posted about DietBets many times in the past, but here's a brief reminder of what they're all about. DietBets are a way for you to win money by losing weight. You pay the Bet amount (usually $25-$50). You take "before" photos of yourself in "airport security attire" on the scale. One has to be a full body shot either taken in a full length mirror or by a friend. The other has to be a close up of the scale read-out with your feet on the scale and a piece of paper with your specially assigned code word in the frame.
You submit these photos by uploading them to the site where they are completely private and only viewed by an official DietBet referee. You then have 4 weeks to lose 4% of your body weight. If you lose the 4% in 4 weeks, you take your "after" photos following the same guidelines as before and you are a winner! All of the winners get an even share of the pot (minus DietBet's cut). So say the Bet is $10 and 100 people play. That means there is $1000 in the pot. 50 people lose 4% and win the Bet. DietBet takes their 20%, so the remaining $800 is split between the 50 winners and they all get $16. They all got paid $6 to lose weight! That's obviously a low payout based on a small bet of only $10, but you get the point.
I started my first DietBet on April 30th. Since then I have lost 36 pounds! Knowing that there is money on the line is actually a big motivator. Even though you don't win a ton of money (the most I've won from a single bet has been around $22, but I often win as little as $8 or $10), the threat of LOSING your money also serves as a motivator. If the Bet is $25, I'm really more concerned about losing that $25 than I am about making $10.
If you think you might be interested in joining Jillian's DietBet, here's the link:
If you do decide to join Jillian's Bet or any of the other upcoming Bets, be sure to join the DietBet Players SparkTeam I started: