Want to lose weight? This website will pay you to diet, but there’s a catch

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

SEATTLE – Losing weight is big business. According to The New York Times, Americans spend $5 billion to drop the weight but many don’t succeed.

But now, there are many websites out there that actually pay you to lose, but there’s a catch.

Healthywage.com is helping busy mom Jessica Smith drop her baby weight.

“I gained a lot of weight with my son and lot more than I should have,” says Smith.

Smith’s goal is to lose 45 pounds over the next year. Each month she puts $60 of her own money into the pot. Over the year, she will pay $720.

But, if she loses the weight, she will walk away with more than $2,000.

“Knowing there is a set date that I have to lose it by, yeah, the money has been pushing me,” says Smith.

Dietitian Deb Enos says it’s a great idea.

“When people have to put money down, it puts their feet to the fire,” says Enos.

But it only works for some people. The success rate on Healthywage.com is only 1/3 and men have better luck than women. A recent study found people are 5 times more likely to lose weight when money is involved.

Jessica Smith is already down 25 pounds and she’s confident she will meet her goal.

To learn more, click this link.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

6 comments