DietBet’s claim to fame is “social dieting” – motivating yourself and others through positive peer pressure online, and of course, the desire to win back the bet you made on yourself!
Put down the mandatory bet (roughly $25 USD or more, depending on the game) for a one-month DietBet, and the only goal set by the game is to lose 4% of your body weight. Sounds simple, right? I came out of two games a winner, but it was close!
Here are my top five tips for getting the most out of a DietBet experience:
- Choose your bet wisely. I’ve completed two DietBets. One was hosted by some folks I’d met on Facebook (85 participants) and the other by a fitness celebrity (8718 participants). The hosts can keep the message board moving with mini games, prizes, fitness tips, encouraging words…or NOT. You could hear the crickets on my smaller DietBet game, while the larger one was always hopping with players updating statuses, asking for advice, posting accomplishments, etc. In the end, the bigger game worked for me. I felt fat and alone on the smaller board. Make sure your hosts are committed to you and the game, not just wanting you to sign up so they can play for free.
- Get verified. Your weigh-ins are done in the comfort of your own home, but before you do any rash diet changes or exercise, wait for the DietBet judges to confirm back to you that your initial weigh-in was accepted. On my first DietBet the judges couldn’t read the scale’s digital screen, so they asked me to resubmit. I dilly-dallied around for a day or so, and by the time I stepped back up on the scale, I’d already gone down 2.5 pounds. They accepted the later weight as my official weigh-in, so in reality, I needed to lose a little more than 4% and really move it to accomplish my goal!
- Invite your friends, or at least TELL your friends. Get your own friends to join Dietbet so that you can encourage and motivate one another. Even they don’t join, you can talk up your progress on Facebook and Twitter. According to DietBet stats, those who share their goals on social media are more inclined to success!!
- Have a plan. Yes – this is about dropping pounds! How ARE you going to lose your 4%? Maybe you’ll sign up for Weight Watchers, or a Beachbody workout program. Perhaps you’ll Zumba your 4% off. Whatever it is, plan it out for four weeks and stick to it. Results will be forthcoming! My strategy was clean eating, Shakeology, and my trail run training.
- Participate. Show your face on those message boards daily. Share your weight every few days, even if it goes up. Talk about or post photos of what you’re doing and eating. Encourage other players. Your activity on the game also builds a profile of who you are and how you’re working to achieve your goal. The quieter you are – especially those with infrequent weight posts – are more likely to be questioned when it comes to the final weigh in.
- Be strategic with your final weigh in. Coming in to my final weigh-in, I was more than a couple of pounds off the mark and I was freaking out. Weeks 1 & 2 had been steady, and in Week 3 I ground to a halt and then gained weight! In Week 4, I knew I had to blitz it.I stuck to loads of fresh veggies and salads, lean proteins, consumed minimal carbs and avoided all dairy. I drank two to three litres of water per day. I worked out at least once a day and made an effort to walk and take stairs as much as possible. In the last day before the weigh in, I worked out in the morning and the evening, and limited my water intake from the late afternoon onwards. On the morning of the weigh-in, I went to the gym and ran three miles (remember – no water! sweat it out!); then came home for my final weigh in. This strategy worked for me. I hit my goals!
- All about the money. When you do win, you’ll get paid for losing weight! Woot! Going back to the idea of selecting your DietBet games carefully…my small game paid out $28.46 USD (which was my $25 back plus $3.46) while my big game paid out $52.93 (a $35 investment return and $17.93 in winnings). All money aside, you will lose weight. That’s the real win.
Good luck, have fun, and may the odds be ever in your favour.