My DietBet Failure

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28 days ago, I began something called DietBet.com. I wagered $20 that I could lose 4% of my body weight in four weeks — in my case, about six pounds.

I had kept off all the weight I lost while preparing for my fitness DVDs … until about mid-December. Then it all came crashing back on and I was back practically to square one (although my measurements were still smaller). So I jumped on DietBet as a chance to get the numbers back down again.

Well … that didn’t happen. A mini family crisis, a good friend dying, and a raging sinus infection left me feeling more sorry for myself than empowered. I lost a whopping two pounds. My $20 will be split by everyone who reached their 4% target. And you know what? I’m fine with that.

Life happens and sometimes you just have to work with what you’ve got. I needed to be with my family, I needed to support my husband (who lost a close friend), and I needed to rest and recover from my illness.

On the plus side, being sick with the sinus infection has broken my sugar dependency that had crept back in. I only ate soup and a bunch of liquids, which has allowed me now to reboot with a clean slate. Back to the heavy doses of veggies and fruits and lean protein from “The Smarter Science of Slim” plan.

The other plus side is it looks as if the majority of people who took part in Roni’s DietBet have made their goal. Her community board was very active throughout the 28 days and people were really chiming in and supporting each other. They’re so excited that they’re planning to do another DietBet challenge starting on February 1st and, yes, if you’d like, you can join too.

The idea behind DietBet is that you get peer support, some friendly competition, and a financial incentive all rolled into one. While I don’t think this approach is a fit for everyone, I do think it can be a good incentive for those looking to jump start a weight loss program.

Remember, though, losing 4% body fat in four weeks can be great at the beginning of a weight loss kick, but people signing up to do this again and again might find themselves falling behind. Eventually your body is going to slow down its weight loss, so keep that in mind.

Have you tried the DietBet site yet? Do you think it’s a good idea or a bad one? I’d love to hear your thoughts as I know there is a little controversy here.

Cheers,

Lisa

photo credit: Mason Masteka

About Lisa Johnson

Lisa Johnson here. I've been a personal trainer since 1997, a Pilates instructor since 1998 and the owner of Modern Pilates since 1999. I'm hoping to give you some good ideas to get or stay in shape with a healthy dose of humor and reality. Thanks for joining me.

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2 Responses to My DietBet Failure

  1. staci January 30, 2013 at 8:21 pm #

    first, i’m so sorry about the awful month you had! i’m very sorry to hear about your friend as well.

    i did not try dietbet, but read of a few that did. i felt like it was too much pressure and 4% for me would be tough. and if i didn’t get there, i would beat myself up more than i already do. <– not good

    i am trying to be much more mindful and follow jonathan's plan but i feel like my muscles are bulging from the extra strength i've added in so far this year. its not a bad thing but my body is just prone to getting bigger first. still hoping the smaller comes after that. :)

  2. Lisa Johnson February 4, 2013 at 6:23 pm #

    Staci, thanks for chiming in, especially about my rough month. It’s funny I was going to just circle back and do the 2nd DietBet Roni has going but I kept hesitating and I think it was for the same reasons as you. And 4% is a LOT … only about 50% of the participants in the pool made their bet … it’s definitely meant to be an aggressive number. So good for you for sticking to your guns. As for the bigger first and then smaller. Do you feel more muscular? Do you look leaner in the mirror? Are clothes fitting differently? Keep experimenting with what works best for you. L–

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