How much weight would you be willing to lose, if someone asked'wanna' bet on it?'" Making a wager can trim the fat withoutstarving your wallet.
How many times have your heard it, exercise and healthy eatingare the best way to lose weight?
Easier said than done. But how about putting some money on thetable to make it interesting?
Health-conscious Americans are now turning to websites to maketheir weight loss wagers.
Mary Lou Wehrli and her brother Grant are using FatBet.com to shedabout twenty pounds each. What is at stake?
They post their weight at least once a week on the website, andoccasionally taunt each other on FatBet's blogs.
Users say the teasing and the tempting are all part of thefun.
Both weighing in and paying up depend on the honor system.
MakeMoneyLosingWeight.com is another dietbetting website that is free to users.
And at a third website, StickK.com, whenyou place a wager, you sign a commitment contract, hand over yourcredit card number, and each week that you don't meet your goal,you are charged.
When you lose a bet, you choose where the money goes: to acompetitor, a charity, or what they call an "anti-charity," anorganization you oppose.
But diet betting might not work for everyone, says Elisa Zied,of the American Dietetic Association.
A recent study by the Univeristy of Pennsylvania and theDepartment of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Philadelphiaconfirmed "cha-ching," with an element of risk, can be a strongmotivator for losing weight. Researchers also concluded, the effectof short term rewards on long-term behavior still needs to bestudied.
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