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Be Fit! Start the Weight Loss Challenge

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 at risk. We almost always require an entry fee for our competitions. Entrance charges suggest you'll be committed and provide additional commitment. 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 can be hard to keep a group of people focused on trying to lose weight for several weeks. Set milestones and near future goals and objectives. Especially with big events, it is tough to keep on being excited for several months. Recently, I had a good challenge when we set milestones for 4 and 8 weeks and if you reached the milestones, you got credited a portion of your entry fee. Groups can also help many people have a sense of obligation. Whenever you have several people who are not as driven as others and don't believe that they have the possibility to win then groups may help inspire them to keep trying to help their team. I have various family and friends who love teams because then somebody else is depending on them whereas other people don't like it for the exact same reason or because they then have to depend on others. Don't forget to talk to your participants before starting to see if teams might help.

Keep it optimistic. It usually is exhilarating to compete nevertheless make certain the trash talk remains playful and well-behaved. It doesn't help people to offend or brag excessively. Trash talking, if done politely, can help propel the more competitive types to keep working harder. Around 2 to 3 months seems to work well. Any longer and you get exhausted and lose participants and too much shorter causes it to be really hard to see the big end results a competition will help you get. Compensate participants for reaching goals. On a few occasions we have agreed to give back penalty fees to anybody who meets their goal. Be sure that everyone has a competitive goal. Roughly 1 % a week or more is a suitable 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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