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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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How to Get Motivated to Lose Weight

If you are struggling to lose weight, here are some ideas to revitalize your efforts:  MyGoal #005 illustration - Success Failure

  1. Remind yourself why losing weight is important to you.  It’s easy to get caught up in the number on the scale, but why do you really want to lose weight?  How do you think it will change your life?  Connect to that.
  2. Do something different.  Monotony in our habits can lead to boredom and stagnancy.  Additionally, it’s important to shock the body for continued progress and to avoid plateaus, so try something new.  If you normally walk or lift weights, do a hip hop or yoga class – something to keep your body on its toes!  The more out of your comfort zone it is, the more points you get.  As a side benefit, you’ll feel proud of yourself for having tried something new, which builds confidence and positive energy. 

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