It's hard to stick to a diet and exercise plan no matter how much you want to lose weight. But money is a powerful motivating force. Find out how you can get paid to lose weight.
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There are plenty of good reasons to lose weight.
Look better, feel better, prevent disease…you’ve heard it all before.
Unfortunately, just knowing the benefits of weight loss is not nearly enough to motivate us to stick to a diet and exercise program.
We all know an apple is a healthier choice than a big slice of chocolate cake. But even when we’re trying to lose a few pounds, we don’t always reach for the apple, do we?
Here’s something that might work to keep you motivated and on track: money.
Money is a powerful motivating force. We see examples of this every day in business, politics, and our own lives.
So it’s not a stretch to think financial incentives could provide plenty of weight loss motivation.
The idea is simple. Lose weight. Gain cash.
Usually, it’s the other way around. We spend a lot of money on diet books, gym memberships, home exercise equipment, nutritional supplements, and fitness classes. Shelling out money on that stuff can definitely help you meet your weight loss goals, but wouldn’t you rather get paid to lose weight instead?
Here are a few ways you can actually make money losing weight:
You’ve seen or at least heard of the TV show “The Biggest Loser” haven’t you? It hasn’t been on since 2016, but it was essentially a weight loss competition where the person or team that lost the most weight got a big cash prize at the end of the season.
You don’t have to share your struggles publicly or get yelled at by obnoxious personal trainers in front of a television audience to win money for losing weight. If you think competition and money will give you the motivation to lose weight, give diet betting a try.
Diet betting is pretty much what it sounds like. It’s a weight loss contest of sorts where you set a goal weight and a target date then place your wager. If you hit your target weight by the deadline, you win.
Here’s a diet betting website to check out:
If you have a goal weight in mind, bet on yourself to hit your target at HealthyWage.com. Simply enter your goal weight and a target date 6 months out or more, then enter your stats (gender, age, weight, etc.). Choose a dollar amount to bet each month, enter payment details, then it’s on.
Playing around with the calculator on their website, I saw that if I can lose 20 pounds in 6 months at $50 per month, I’d get back $333 on my $300 bet. That’s an 11% return. Not bad for something I’m working on anyway!
HealthyWage also offers team challenges. You can create your own team if you have friends, family, or coworkers to join with you or the site can set you up with a group. With the team challenges, you pay $25 per month over 3 months and you have a shot at winning your share of $10,000.
Rakuten pays you cash back when you shop online or in certain stores. You won’t get paid to lose weight exactly, but they have plenty of diet and exercise related cash back offers that could help you shed pounds. For example:
If you’re thinking of buying anything diet or fitness related to help you on your weight loss journey, check Ebates first.
Sweatcoin is a free phone app available for Android and iOS devices that pays you to walk outside. Sounds like a joke, but it’s not.
The Sweatcoin app counts the number of steps you take using your smartphone accelerometer and GPS. The app converts your number of steps into Sweatcoins. The catch is your steps have to be taken outdoors to count toward your earnings.
You can redeem Sweatcoins for gift cards and merchandise like a new iPhone, clothing, or fitness classes. Or you can donate your coins to charity.
Swagbucks is a rewards site that allows you to earn points called Swagbucks for performing easy tasks like completing surveys, playing games, or watching videos. You can redeem your Swagbucks for gift cards or cash via PayPal.
Play videos while you’re exercising to earn a few Swagbucks. I like to queue up some videos on my phone and leave them going in the background while I walk or lift weights.
Swagbucks has a bunch of different channels ranging from news to sports to entertainment. They even have workout videos and cooking shows. There’s something for everyone and it’s hassle free.
Sign up through this link and you can get a $10 Bonus:
Scale weight isn’t everything. The key to lasting change is to create new habits and behaviors then maintain them over time.
If you don’t think numbers on a scale should be the only factor determining your success, you can also get paid to stick to healthy habits.
Achievement pays you to live a healthier lifestyle. It syncs up with whatever health app you use then tracks your exercise and nutrition data to reward you with points, which you can convert to cash.
Achievement supports over 30 fitness and health related apps. So if you’re keeping track of your healthy habits with an app, you earn points automatically.
You can get points for working out, eating healthy, getting enough sleep, weighing yourself, and posting about your healthy choices on Twitter. Other ways to earn points include taking surveys on various health topics and referring friends.
If you’re already using apps to track your progress or posting pics of your healthy meals on social media, why not earn a little money for doing what you already do?
I’ve walked right past Higi stations without giving them a second look probably hundreds of times. I thought they were just blood pressure monitors and frankly kind of in the way since they’re usually either right by the front door or in the middle of the pharmacy section in the stores I frequent.
Then my clothes got a little tighter. I started finding myself out of breath more often. So I actually sat down to try one while I was waiting on a prescription to get filled.
Higi stations give you your blood pressure, pulse, weight, and body mass index. You can create an account through the station or online then keep track of your numbers over time.
Higi used to have a pretty generous rewards program, but now it’s more contest like. Not sure if they have any plans to bring back the rewards program, but you can sign up for challenges. Those who complete the challenge are entered in a random drawing for some pretty cool prizes like a fitness tracker, a $250 Visa gift card, or a trip for 2 to attend a Dr. Oz show taping.
We have Higi kiosks at Publix, Kroger, and Rite Aid in our area. Use the handy locator on their website to find one near you.
Whether you shop at Walgreens frequently or occasionally, their Balance Rewards loyalty program offers some nice savings on necessities. What makes the program even better is the Balance Rewards for healthy choices bonuses.
Earn up to 1,000 extra points every month just for keeping track of your healthy choices. Those extra points plus the points you earn for shopping help you save money at Walgreens.
If you have a Fitbit or Jawbone, you can get 250 points just for connecting your device to the Walgreens app. Once connected, you’ll automatically get points for tracking your steps and exercising. But you don’t need a fitness tracker to earn points.
You can connect and earn points through many popular Android and iPhone apps like Lose It, MyFitnessPal, WebMD, and Runkeeper. Or you can access your Balance Rewards account through the Walgreens website then add goals and enter activities through your browser.
Don’t forget to use the Ibotta app before you shop at Walgreens to earn a little cash back. If you don’t have the Ibotta app installed, click here to get it and you’ll get a $10 bonus when you redeem your first Ibotta offer!
More and more employers are realizing that a healthy staff improves their bottom line. Companies benefit through lower health care costs, reduced absenteeism, increased productivity, and higher morale.
So how does that help you?
You benefit by gaining access to services, discounts, and support you might not get otherwise. You also get to work in an environment that reinforces healthy habits while you get a paycheck.
Not every company has an onsite gym, a masseuse on staff, and free healthy snacks, but find out if your company has an employee wellness program. If so, look into any offerings that could help you meet your weight loss goals. If not, you could organize lunchtime walks with your coworkers or turn that boring afternoon meeting from a snoozefest into an outdoor walking meeting.
Having a side hustle where you generate extra income while staying active is a great way to make money and lose weight at the same time.
Working as a yoga instructor or personal trainer on the side would be perfect for burning calories and earning extra cash. But how about something that doesn’t require specialized training, expensive certifications, or a level of fitness you haven’t quite achieved yet? Here are a few ideas:
Leading walking tours or becoming a bike messenger might not be your cup of tea. Do you love dogs? If so, Wag! might be perfect for you.
Rover allows animal lovers the opportunity to earn extra income by becoming a dog walker. Dog owners use Rover to either schedule or request a walk immediately for their dog.
Taking care of someone else’s pet is a big responsibility so the application process is pretty thorough. You’ll have to complete your profile and submit to a background check. You’ll be going into people’s homes and taking care of a beloved family member so it makes sense.
Once you become a dog walker with Rover, you can set up your own schedule then choose which walks you’d like to take. You can earn up to $1000 a month while getting some exercise and making new canine friends. That’s a pretty good deal for dog lovers.
Tours By Locals connects travelers with local guides in cities all over the world. If you love where you live, know the area well, and enjoy meeting new people, you could lead walking tours around your city.
Here in Atlanta we have all kinds of fun walking tours available. You can visit historical sites, spend the day in museums, enjoy nature outside the city, or tour local breweries all on foot. Having a local guide with insider knowledge adds to the experience.
Do you love where you live and know the area well? Are there any places to explore and sights to see? If so, leading walking tours would add more cardio exercise to your day plus you’d make extra money.
Visitors get a unique and interesting experience they probably couldn’t otherwise get. It’s a win-win.
Postmates delivers goods on demand to people who are too busy or too lazy to make a food run or shopping trip themselves. Takeout food is big part of the service, but users can also order stuff from stores like Office Depot, Walgreens, Best Buy, Apple, Whole Foods, and more. Customers simply open up the app, find what they want, then place an order.
That’s where you come in. You login to the app and accept or reject orders as they come in. You go pick up whatever the customer wants and bring it to them.
But how does that help you lose weight? Since you can use whatever mode of transportation you want to make your pickups and deliveries, ride your bike. So you get to exercise and extra money at the same time.
The health benefits of cycling include weight loss, improved stamina, and increased energy. Plus bikes are easy to park, cheap to maintain, and better for the environment than cars. If you want to get paid to lose weight, becoming a bike messenger is a pretty good way to go.
You’re definitely not going to get rich doing this. Your income will fluctuate based on demand for the service in your area, the tips you get, and the number of deliveries you do. But you can work whenever you want and you get a good workout.
Several health insurance companies offer discounts and other incentives to encourage you to live a healthier lifestyle. Whether you have your own private health insurance or get your health insurance through your employer, losing weight and getting in shape can pay dividends.
I get health insurance through my employer. My company’s provider adjusts our premiums down when they see improvements in the overall health of our group.
I’ve been participating in the the wellness program since they rolled it out to our company. My health insurance costs have gone down or remained stable since my employer switched insurers a few years ago.
To get started, I completed a general health assessment online covering my stats, exercise levels, habits, and history. At the end of the assessment, I got some suggestions and guidance on setting a few health related goals. I then installed my insurer’s app on my phone, hooked it up with my FitBit, and started earning points.
You earn points for things like eating healthy, exercising, getting enough sleep, and losing weight. You can also get points for things like quitting smoking, playing sports, taking quizzes on general health and fitness topics, or getting certain preventative care screenings done like getting your blood pressure or cholesterol checked. I got a biometric screening done at a local pharmacy which was worth a ton of points.
Gaining points leads to lower premiums as well as other incentives like gift cards or discounts on gym memberships and fitness gear. Some rewards plans even allow you to use your points on co-payments. I recently cashed out a bunch of my points for a $75 Amazon gift card.
Kaiser Permanente, Blue Cross Blue Shield, and Humana are three companies with rewards programs Sara and I are familiar with, but health insurance plans differ from state to state and employer to employer. Call your health insurance provider to find out if they offer an incentive program then ask how to enroll.
Weight Watchers is a structured weight loss program that offers in-person or online support in addition to a sound diet plan. The Weight Watchers plan is consistently ranked at or near the top of U.S. News & World Report’s annual best diets list. You’ve probably seen the commercials with celebrity endorsers like Oprah or come across their products in supermarkets.
With Weight Watchers, no foods are off limits and you don’t have to buy any prepackaged meals. Calories are not counted, but there is a point system which guides you toward healthier food choices. You can follow the plan on your own online, get coaching by phone or email, or you can go to local group meetings for face to face support.
The program is not free, of course. But they do sometimes run limited time offers like a $100 gift card giveaway if you lose 10 pounds in 3 months or this one where you can earn a refund if you lose 10 pounds in your first 2 months.
You know that losing weight has many potential health benefits. But finding several ways to get paid to lose weight while you improve your health? That’s just the icing on the cake.
But don’t eat too much cake.