“I was in a dark and depressed place in my life,” recalls Laura M. when discussing life before starting her weight loss journey. “My son has special needs — he has severe autism. His diagnosis was kind of a shock to me and put me in a dark place.” Struggling to cope with her son’s diagnosis while managing everyday life, Laura found her weight escalating up to 300 pounds.
“I came to the realization that I was not going to be able to take care of [my son] if I continued to be at 300 pounds,” she states. Knowing her son would require long-term care well into adulthood, Laura decided to make a change. “That was my ‘why’, my big motivator to get started on losing weight.”
It wasn’t until she came across HealthyWage when reading about weight loss apps, that Laura even thought of money as a weight loss motivation. “At first, I was a huge skeptic,” she admits. But, after researching and seeing that HealthyWage, an online weight loss challenge, was legit and will actually pay you to lose weight, Laura decided to go ahead and invest in herself.
Laura bet $17 a month for 12 months that she would lose 100 pounds.
When it came to losing weight, Laura knew she needed to keep it simple. “We’re a special needs family and have a lot going on with therapy appointments on top of my full-time job.” Instead of restricting food choices, she instead focused on filling her plate with mostly veggies, as well as protein and healthy carbs. In addition to revamping her diet with healthy foods, Laura started incorporating exercise into her morning routine.
Setting her alarm clock one hour earlier than usual, Laura forced herself out of bed each morning and practiced strength training. “I despise cardio and knew if I was going to work out, I needed to enjoy what I was doing.” After finding a strength training program, Laura immediately got busy and fell in love with it.
“The first three weeks I started getting up early to exercise were rough,” she recalls. “I told myself that if I make it through three weeks and I don’t feel better, I can quit. But of course, after three weeks of working out, you’re going to feel better, so I kept going.”
When her final weigh-in confirmed she had not only met but surpassed her goal, losing 103 pounds, Laura won $1,030!
Get Paid to Lose Weight — Seriously
It sounds too good to be true, but it’s not. If you stick to your goal and lose the weight you say you’re going to, HealthyWage pays you. Lose weight, win money — it’s as simple as that.
Check out these other recent HealthyWager success stories:
Melisa S. bet on herself that she’d lose 67 pounds in 7 months. She exceeded her goal, losing 70 pounds and won $3,128!
Fed up and discouraged with her weight, Jordan C. signed up with HealthyWage and won $2,975 for losing 70 pounds!
Find the Motivation You Need
For Laura, it was about being strong and healthy for her family. “I feel so much healthier now and I’m able to take care of my son. I have the energy to take care of him and that was my main motivator.”
That’s an important key to this challenge. HealthyWage isn’t a diet program or weight-loss regimen. While you’ll benefit from joining the community, reading tips and exchanging recipes, the company’s main purpose is facilitating your bet.
You put up the collateral and choose your payout amount. You conduct your weigh-ins. You choose your weight-loss goal and time frame.
“I loved logging into the HealthyWage app everyday because you could submit non-verified weigh-ins and track your progress. I connected with a lot of people on the participant chat board, where we shared tips and supported one another.”
Having lost over 100 pounds, Laura is stronger than ever. “I feel amazing and I know that sounds corny. My husband even tells me I’m a completely different person. I have so much more energy.” Not to mention, her newfound love of working out. “Exercise has become my daily dose of medicine. When I workout in the morning, I feel so much better throughout the rest of the day. It’s what pulled me out of my depression and helped me not only transform physically, but also emotionally.”
“Not only does HealthyWage give you the motivation of money (who doesn’t want to win money for losing weight?), but it also gives you an opportunity to invest in yourself,” says Laura. “My financial return was great, but mentally and physically, it’s an even better return.”
How Does HealthyWager Work?
If you want to get paid to lose weight, here’s how to get started:
1. Start with the HealthyWage Prize Calculator, where you’ll enter how much weight you want to lose (10-150 pounds, minimum 10% of your starting weight), how long you’ll take (6 to 18 months) and how much you want to bet ($20-$150/month).
Based on that information, the calculator will determine your prize amount, up to $10,000. You can play with the calculator until you get the payout and goal just right, and you’ll know your payout amount before officially placing your bet.
2. Sign up and lay down your bet. You agree to pay the monthly amount for the duration of the challenge.
3. Achieve your weight-loss goal, and win your prize!
You’ll start and end your challenge with a video-recorded weigh-in to demonstrate your weight loss. Throughout the challenge, it’s recommended that you use the HealthyWage app to log weekly weigh-ins (these are just self-reported, not verified by video). It’s a great way to keep yourself accountable and on track to meeting your goal!
4. If you don’t hit your goal, your money goes to support HealthyWage, including prizes for others who achieve their goals.
Ready to get started? Enter your information in the HealthyWage Prize Calculator to find out how much you can win!