Shifting those few extra pounds can be a real challenge. Most of us know the routine: our motivation starts to disappear and eventually we find ourselves falling back into old habits.
We swap out running shoes for slippers and the treadmill for the couch.
The trick to breaking this cycle is finding the right motivation.
Just like Jaclyn Brown did.
“I’m so much happier. I was completely miserable before this,” she said after hitting her long-time target weight of 140 pounds.
Eighteen months earlier she weighed 272 pounds. The key to her success was finding that right motivation.
Jaclyn discovered that money was a powerful motivator — a conclusion that researchers have reached time and again as part of their academic research.
She decided to try and combine exercise and money in an attempt to make losing weight profitable. After some research she came across HealthyWage and thought it sounded too good to be true.
But it was time to act.
For each of the 18 months she bet $100 per month that she would eventually reach her target weight by shedding a huge 132 pounds. 18 months later the results came in and Jaclyn won $5,294.12.
HealthyWage: Your Motivation
The premise of HealthyWage is simple: it provides you with the motivation and financial incentive to lose the weight you’ve never been able to get rid of. If you reach your target weight then the company pays you.
It really is that simple.
A range of people have used the service to turn their life around in terms of both health and finances.
Take Katelyn Pincock and her husband Cort, for example. They bet $75 per month for six months that Katelyn would lose 40 pounds while her husband would lose 60.
At the beginning of the experiment it was about the money, but the desire to succeed quickly became the driving force.
“I started not caring about the money and caring more about … my weight loss,” Katelyn says.
Finding new ways to incorporate exercise into their routines, the couple eventually shed their combined 100 pounds and won almost $3,000 to put toward their family’s debt.
“I have had such a great experience with HealthyWage and love to share about it at every chance,” Katelyn says.
It turns out that the cold hard cash that was placed on the line was the appropriate motivation. This is backed up by research conducted at Harvard, Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pennsylvania.
This research into incentives suggests that even small cash rewards are capable of motivating people to stick to weight loss programs. What’s more, it shows that people are better motivated to act when their own money is at risk while social networks play a large role in helping lose weight.
The Time Is Now
Countless lives have been touched by the program and you can check out the range of testimonials on the HealthyWage website.
It sounds too good to be true and people often have the same questions: where does the money come from and why would the company give it?
The money is generated by corporate and government clients who want to find solution to weight loss. Of course, the failed bets that people make also go back into the pot. This money is then redistributed in the form of prizes when people succeed.
With around 160 million obese or overweight citizens, it’s no secret that the U.S. is facing tough times in terms of public health.
This new weight loss method could turn the tide and help people to live healthier, longer and more productive lives.
Getting started is simple, too.
Interested participants are invited to visit the website and use a simple calculator to adjust their target weight and see the potential prize that they will receive. This calculator can be adjusted according to the target weight, how long it will take, and the wager each month.
Once the bet is locked in the person can commit to it and begin their path to a healthier life.