I follow a number of people on instagram who are also actively losing weight. On one of my favorite Instagram accounts is @GetFitRockett – her account is so inspiring. She has lost over 155 lbs since October 10, 2015. She posts her workouts and diet – her workouts are no joke!
In Early August, she posted about DietBet, a website and App that she has been using over the years as a tool for weight loss. The idea is that if you bet real money that you will lose weight, you might be more successful. According to DietBet, it’s worked for many of people. DietBet promises that they have a “no lose guarantee,” which means that if you make a bet and lose the weight you said you would lose, you will not lose money. Each bet is between a pool of dieters. Everyone in the pool puts in the same amount of money and “bets” that they can lose a certain percentage of their body weight in a set amount of time. Once the challenge is over, DietBet divides the money in the pool among participants who were successful and “won” their bet. DietBet takes a percentage of the pool since they are a for-profit company. If everyone in the pool wins, diet bet gives everyone their money back.
How to Play
To play, you will need to download the app or go their website: dietbet.com. Then you will need to make an account. There are two types of challenges: 1 – Transformer (lose 10% in 6 months) or 2 – Kickstarter (lose 4% in 4 weeks). I decided to do one of each. I have completed and won my 4% challenge and am still doing the 6 month challenge. Bets range from $10-$100. Both of my first bets were $25.00.
To win my Kickstarter, I needed to lose 4% of my bodyweight in 4 weeks. To weigh in on the app, you take 2 photos of yourself on the scale. The first is a full body shot and the second is a photo of your feet with your weight on the scale printout and a paper that has a “word of the day” on it. DietBet uses the photos to verify your weight so you do not cheat.
Winning your DietBet is not going to make you rich. I won my $25 Kickstarter challenge and was awarded $42.49, meaning I won just $17.39. I immediately put $35.00 of my winnings back into a new kickstarter… dietbet is addictive and fun!
If you are competitive or if you are one of those people who cannot stand to lose money, DietBet might be for you. Personally, the thought of losing $25.00 for no reason was unbearable. I am really motivated to lose weight right now anyway, but I think Dietbet will be a useful tool down the road when I hit roadblocks.
I was hoping that other dieters in my pool would be more active on the message boards. I was hoping for a “were all in this together” type of community, but found that most people did not post updates. While this was disappointing, it’s not enough to stop me from using DietBet again in the future. Anyone who has a fitbit can set their fitbit to automatically update to DietBet and I found other people’s daily step counts really motivating. I felt motivated to get up and do something active every day because I knew that the other dieters were out working hard.
I think there is some room for cheating in the program. Obviously you can take your “starting weight” in the afternoon or right after a big meal and take your “ending weight” in the morning. I am sure there are other ways to “cheat” and win your bet when you haven’t actually lost the weight. I think DietBet does a good job of monitoring for this – one of my weights was initially rejected because my face wasn’t clear in the photo, this tells me they do at least check the dieter’s photos. The potential for cheating isn’t enough to deter me from using the program in the future – if someone else cheats and wins and my winnings are a few dollars less, who really lost? I’d say it’s the dieter that cheated since I lost the weight I wanted to and they didn’t.
I will use DietBet again. As I mentioned above, I’ve already put my winnings from my last challenge back into another 4% in 4 weeks Kickstarter. I think the app is fun and a great motivational tool for those looking to lose weight.