Why weight loss competitions are the worst

Have you heard of Diet Bet?  Have your co-workers tried to get you put money into a weight loss competition at work?

No?  Lucky you.

I hate the idea of Weight loss competitions, and here is why.

1. Weight Loss Competitions are not sustainable.  They promote rapid weight loss, so you end up behaving in a way that is irrational and can’t be sustained long term. Sure, I could give up pizza for a  week few days, but that’s not something I could do forever.  Yes, maybe I can workout 2-3 hours a day for a few days, but eventually my body is going to get tired and need a rest day. What is the point of losing weight if you won’t be able to keep it off? There is no point.  Want proof? Biggest Loser competitor Erik Chopin gained all the weight back that he lost while on the show.

2. Weight Loss Competitions create a more hostile, less accepting environment. A few years ago, I took part in a weight loss competition with a bunch of crazies.  No seriously- they were straight up bananas.  People would sneak into each others houses and stock their cabinets with junk food. The winner of the competition won about $1000, so the stakes were high. But come on!  Instead of everyone supporting each other, these dum-dums tried to derail their best efforts.  Losing weight is challenging enough in this crazy world of super-sized and over-sugared everything. I don’t need a vindictive co-worker intentionally sabotaging my plans.

3.  There may be one winner, but there are many losers.  Even if your competition pays out the top 3 people, there are many more that lose- and they may be losing more than money-it could mean losing motivation or the courage to try. Why not create an atmosphere of support and positive reinforcement? Instead of investing your money in a weight loss competition, I would encourage you to reward yourself by stocking away a dollar or two for every pound lost and treat yourself to a massage…or better yet, donate it to charity.

Maybe you are uber-competitive.  Maybe you’ve won a weight loss competition and have profited greatly.  Maybe a weight loss competition was the spark you needed to get started on your weight loss journey.  If so, I would love to hear about it.

Have a healthy and happy Monday!

Peace and Love,

Amber

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