Get paid to lose weight? The apps that can get you motivated

 

Have you heard of Healthywage? Basically, you bet on yourself that you will lose weight. You decide how much money you want to bet each month and how long it will take you to get there in order to get to your goal. If you meet that goal you will make some money. If you don’t you lose your entire wager. But how is that for motivation?

For example, let’s say you want to lose 10 pounds. Go to either the app which is available on all platforms or on the website at healthywage.com. Then figure out what you can win. Enter how much you want to lose. I plugged in 25 lbs. as an example and wagered $25 a month for 6 months. So I will bet $25 a month for 6 months that I will lose 25 pounds. So I am betting $150. If I meet my goal I will win an extra $16. If I don’t meet my goal I lose the $150.

How does the company know you are really losing the weight? They have three options. One is using the app. Take a video of you weighing yourself. Second is make a 30-second video of you getting on the scale and lastly is have a professional fitness or healthy coach verify your weigh in with a form you can print off of their website.

Another app that is similar is called DietBet. It rewards people for losing weight. Here’s how is works. You either create or join a group that is ready to start a challenge. The main goal of the group is to lose 4% of the total weight in 4 weeks. You have put in $25 in the pot and the group that loses the most wins the prize. The larger the pot the more money you can win.

 

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