I have seen a recent phenomenon in the health and fitness blogging community called the DietBet.
Some of my most favorite bloggers are participating in this challenge, and a couple are even leading their own. Basically, participants dish out some amount of money (average is $25), and it gets collected into the DietBet pot. The challenge runs for 28 days, and anyone that loses 4% or more of their weight in this time wins a portion of the pot. So if you lose 4%, you’re guaranteed at least your money back. And some of these pots have thousands of dollars in them that will be split between participants!
Sounds great, right?
I was approached by two different people recently who work for DietBet to run a campaign on my blog, and I would be compensated for my efforts. I am all about making money, but this program is something that I have zero interest in being a part of.
And here is the DietBet problem:
No matter how much you wish it or will it, the number on the scale is not something you can pick and choose. You can eat as clean as you want and you can make an effort to be more active. Most times, this will correspond to a weight loss, but what if it doesn’t?
Since I started my journey to a healthy and fit lifestyle, I have gained 15lbs. I would surely lose in a DietBet, yet I look and feel better than I ever have. I would need to lose just over 5lbs to “win.” I think I would also lose some strength gains I made, and some of the muscle that I have tried to hard to grow.
I choose to work out multiple times in a week. I choose to use food as fuel and to be mindful of what I consume daily. Yet all of this healthy eating and strenuous workouts and I have gained weight? Apparently, this is a fail to the health and fitness community. Losing weight = good. Gaining weight = bad.
I pass no judgment on those that are participating in this challenge. I do admit that it can help motivate those who are trying to lose weight but need an extra push. I can admit that it provides a supportive community of people with a similar goal to motivate and inspire each other.
But I also have seen that many participants are swayed by the dollar signs even though they are at a healthy weight. I have also heard that once the challenge ends, people have gained the weight right back. And while the program does encourage honesty and integrity in submitting weights, the measures that someone may go through to get that last pound could involve excessive exercising and unhealthy reduction of calories.
It can be easy enough to commit to losing weight in 28 days by any means possible, but is it sustainable?
Make healthier choices each day. Schedule and execute your workouts as planned. Throw out your scale.
If you still need some positive motivation, feel free to send me your $25 via PayPal and I’ll help you create a healthier 4-week plan without a number on the scale!
Have you gained weight in a good way since you started working out? Have you participated in a DietBet? Are my thoughts irrational?