Wednesday, May 27, 2009

A coworker of mine recently turned me on to a web site that has an interesting approach to food tracking, support networks, competition, and goal setting for weight loss. It is called The idea is that you and a friends or family make a bet with each other to lose a certain amount of weight by a certain date. You goal weight can be up to you. The difference is your group sets a wager for the end of the challenge. You can also challenge each other to mini bets along the way such as exercising three times during the week, eating 3-5 vegetables a day, drinking 6-8 glasses of water a day, etc ( BTW, Dr. Oz says that the theory of drinking water to lose weight is a myth, unless it is simply to make you fuller.)

Everyone in the group must weigh in on a regular basis. The rules state every day, but, my coworker’s group does it only once a week on a specific day on the honor system. (You need to trust the people in your group). The web site provides tools for tracking your progress including graph charts and a message board. Your group can choose to make your activities public or private.

According to the creators and Spark People, a health and fitness motivational site, research shows that people who are willing to make their weight loss efforts public, pay attention, and enjoy themselves in the process are more successful at losing weight and keeping it off. You can read the specifics on the research page. I thought this sounded like a fresh idea for losing weight. Now, I just have to find the right friends to join me in my ongoing quest. Best of luck to those who are brave or free spirited enough to give it a try.


  1. Putting my weight in print will never happen but it sounds like an interesting idea. LEt us know how you do.

    And, I left a (calorie free) surprise for you on my blog post today. I hope you like it.

  2. Addressing the previous comment, we deliberately designed the site so you don't have to put your weight in print or at least so others won't see it! Only your weight loss goal amount (such as 5 lbs, 10 lbs, etc.) appears to others in your Fatbet. You do enter your actual weight in the system, but only you can see that (on a chart titled "my weight history"). Anyway, hope you enjoy the site!