While the internal benefits, and yes aesthetic benefits of losing weight can be worth their weight in gold, establishing a reward system can also be beneficial to reinforce positive behavior change. Studies show rewards that are personal in nature help you to stay motivated and create long-term habits. Other studies have shown a link between financial incentives and weight loss. Whatever it is that inspires you, utilizing incentives can make the path to weight loss a little more rewarding.
In a study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine in April of 2013, Kullgren and his colleagues utilized a group-based and individual financial incentive system for weight loss. In a group of 105 obese participants, each participant’s weight loss goal was 4 pounds every 4 weeks for a total of 24 weeks. The difference between groups came in the distribution of financial resources. Incentives included $100 for each participant who met or exceeded his/her weight loss goals. However, while those in the individual group would receive the $100 for meeting or exceeding goals, those in the group structure would receive $500 if any of the 5 members met or exceeded weight loss goals – to be divided equally among all members who met or exceeded his/her goals.