Sunday, July 28, 2013

Family Weight Loss Challenges

By Jonah Rybinski

Before beginning a fat loss competition, it is best to plan and prepare. Have a plan is very helpful. If you'd like to begin a weight loss challenge ask around to figure out who you know has an interest and establish what exactly everyone is ready to stick to. Don't forget to be positive and tell them it is more of a support group than an extreme competition. Everyone ends up shedding weight therefore there are no losers.

Put money on the table. We almost always require an entry fee for our competitions. Entry dues suggest you really are committed and give you additional incentive.

The payments are then used for payouts at the finish of the challenge. You may pay all the money to the person who loses the highest percentage of their starting weight or divide it up however you choose. All of the competitions we've done were with extended family or close friends and we each trust that not a single person will be taken advantage of. We commonly make requirements such as no diet pills, surgeries or other extraordinary measures. Penalty fees can often be used to get individuals to weighing each week. We have had fees and penalties for not weighing in gaining weight and occasionally we'll even have consequences for failing to lose weight.

It is difficult to keep participants dedicated to losing weight for more than a couple weeks. Establish milestones and short term goals and objectives. Most definitely with longer contests, it is hard to be motivated for a long time. Not long ago I had accomplishment in which we set milestones designed for four and eight weeks and if you hit the milestones you got repaid some of your entry price. Groups can also help most people have a real sense of commitment. In case you have some folks who are not as committed as the others and don't believe that they have a chance to win then groups may help strongly encourage them to keep trying to help out their team. I have quite a few relatives who seem to like teams purely because then someone else is relying on them while other folks don't like it for the exact same reason or because they then have to depend on others. Be sure you talk to everyone before you start to see whether teams might help.

Be optimistic. It might be exciting to compete nevertheless see to it the trash talk stays fun and nice. It doesn't help anybody to insult or brag too much. Some trash talking, when done right, will help motivate the competitive people to keep working harder. Around 2 to 3 months appears to work best.

Very much more lengthy and you get exhausted and lose participants and too much shorter causes it to be very hard to see the big end results a competition can help you get. Reimburse participants for achieving goals. On a few occasions we have offered to give back penalty fees to everyone who meets their goal. Be sure everyone has a fair goal. Roughly 1 percent each week or there about is a good goal.

Plan for a post challenge. Once the competition ends it is common for competitors to let loose following a couple months of going on a diet. To try to avoid this by getting ready to begin the next competition right after the close of your competition. Another option is to have another quick competition to find out who can maintain his or her weight loss. It will allow some alleviation from heavy dieting but helps to keep the participants from gaining all of their weight again rapidly.

Most importantly, have some fun! I have determined weight loss challenges to be highly worthwhile. They fit multiple criteria of a successful weight loss plan. They produce inspiration and accountability and it can be very rewarding to win a few hundred dollars along the way. There is hardly a downside if you give it your best attempt. What do you have to lose other than a few pounds? The money you can expect to save on dining out can go towards your entry fee.

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