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Incentives for Losing Weight: How Do You Reward Yourself?

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.   MyGoal #008 illustration - Picture-Money Sign

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.  

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