My next Dietbet game is all set up to start September 7th, just in time for back to school, back to routine and saying hello to fall..Here is a link to join in. (updated to my game starting in Novemeber)
I thought it was time to do up a post on my love for hosting dietbet games. Some of you may have played in one or several and some of you may have no idea what they are about, so here’s a chance to read a little about them and why I enjoy them so much. Dietbet in my opinion is a great tool for losing weight, I wouldn’t call it a weight loss program as you follow whichever program you choose to lose the weight, but it is definitely a motivational way to lose weight and offers a ton of support! I don’t know any other weight loss program or community out there that gives you a chance to win money while losing weight and getting healthy. We all sink money into weight loss methods, I myself am a lifetime weight watchers member and although it is free for me now I have payed my share fare in the program. I am not complaining, I have gotten my life back using weight watchers and will continue to stay a member, but dietbet is definitely a motivator when your money is on the line and you have a chance of winning it back, plus some..
So how does dietbet work? You are betting on yourself to lose 4% of your body weight in 4 weeks, the bet amount is set by the host (me) but you will find on average most games are $30-35 U.S to join, the money is payed back in U.S funds as well. The challenges are open to anyone worldwide. Once you join you will be required to weigh in, that opens 48 hours prior to the game start day. Weigh in is pretty simple and if you have a smart phone download the free dietbet App and it can all be done through that. First you send in a full length shot of yourself in airport attire which is simply basic workout type clothing, leggings, capris, shorts, T-shirt/tank top. Then you will be asked to send in a picture of your scale reading your weight, dietbet will give you a code word that you have to write out on a piece of paper and place by the scale. And that’s it, then you wait for dietbet to verify your weight, this usually will happen fairly quickly, within 5-15 minutes, but if they are busy it can take longer, in some cases they may ask for further proof of your weight but it has never happened to me. They prefer the weight to be on a digital scale and the same one for weighing in and weighing out at the end of the game. They will then give you your goal weight and how much you need to lose to hit your 4% target. You are allowed to lose more than your 4% but they do cap it at 12% as they consider anything higher than that to be unhealthy in such a short time.
Once your weight is verified your now on your way to playing in the challenge and losing some weight. You can do as you choose to lose the weight. For your own reference you can weigh in as often as you like throughout the game but dietbet only need your final weigh in at the end of the game. The game has a feed that members can post questions, pictures, things they are proud of, recipes and anything they want to really, it is a great way to stay connected to the other players and always great to find support and motivation, sometimes just knowing we are not alone can help us get through the day. I always start of giving people the chance to share a little about their journey if they choose to (no pressure). I also offer prizes through the game, usually 1-2 a week, some are products that companies have donated and some are things I buy myself. Examples of prizes are water bottles, kodiak cakes mixes, flatout bread, starbuck gift cards, weight watchers magazine subscription, yumbox lunch container to name a few. Cash prizes are awarded at the end of the game based on amount of players and payed out via paypal. I always tell people to keep checking the feed so you don’t miss out on prizes, all you will need to do is comment on my post when I post about a prize. Sometimes I need to restrict a few prizes to U.S players simply because it is a prize that the company is donating and they are based in the U.S and are taking care of the shipping, shipping outside of the U.S can get pricey! Winners are always selected by random draw to make it fair. Prizes always make it a little more fun because who doesn’t like winning things! 😉 The cash prizes are open to anyone regardless of if you hit your goal weight or not.
Once we hit the last day of the challenge the “weigh out” period will open at midnight and you will have 48 hours to submit your weight, be sure to check your entering the right weight, and if you have hit your 4% you will then send in pictures just like you did at the start of the game, the code word however will be different, and they will give that to you once the weigh out opens.. after the 48 hour time frames ends you can no longer submit your weight. It can take them 12-72 hours to finalize the game and announce the payouts. If you hit your goal you will earn back your initial bet and then a cut of the remaining pot. In most cases my games pay out about a 50-55% return, so for example my last game payed out $52, $35 was the initial bet and $17 was the “extra” winnings.. It’s not about getting rich by no means, but to say you did it and walk away with a little cash is a win win in my books! The winings will be credited to your dietbet account which you can then withdraw to your paypal account, or play more games. You can play up to 3 games at the same time, some people find it great motivation to play in more than one game.
I know many will ask… “what about cheaters?” You can read this from the dietbet website and here is some game rules from their site. I always say if your thinking about cheating, well then your only cheating yourself!
I have truly grown to love hosting these games, the support and motivation is amazing..It is a tight knit weight loss community where we are all in it together! Even if you don’t hit your 4% goal weight, chances are you still lost some weight, and while you might not get your money invested back you still are on your way to a healthier you, and that is worth any amount of money isn’t it? I hope I see you all in the next game, I look forward to it! 🙂