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.
photo credit: Mason Masteka