“I knew I could be at 300 pounds within months,” recalls Teresa Suarez, describing her steady weight gain before she took control and drastically changed her life.
“The fact that my clothes aren’t plus size anymore is huge.” And, according to her BMI, she’s “no longer morbidly obese — that’s a great boost!”
Last December, Teresa weighed 266 pounds. She knew she had to make a change.
“It was traumatic to see the scale say 266 … I was depressed and constantly getting hurt.”
Teresa had tried to start working out by joining a gym, but it didn’t work. “I basically paid to not go to the gym for two years.” This time around, Teresa needed an extra push to boost her motivation.
While browsing Facebook, she came across an article about how she could get paid for losing weight. That’s how she discovered HealthyWage.
Six months later, on October 22, 2016, Teresa had lost 68 pounds — 8 pounds more than her goal!
The secret that finally pushed her to meet her goal? Through HealthyWage, Teresa placed a bet she’d meet her weight loss goal — and she won big.
She bet $125 per month she would lose 60 pounds in six months. When that final weigh-in confirmed her success, Teresa won $2,415.28.
Get Paid to Lose Weight — Seriously
It sounds too good to be true, we know. We thought for sure there’d be a catch, but after talking with several people who lost weight using HealthyWage, we haven’t found one.
If you stick to your goal and lose the weight you say you’re going to, the company pays you. It’s as simple as that, everyone assures us.
In fact, we’ve been following HealthyWage for a while now, and we know of at least a few Penny Hoarders who’ve won huge prizes for losing weight.
Caitlin McKenna bet herself she would lose 61 pounds in nine months. She nailed it — lost 63 pounds and won $3,180.
Kimie Pruessner found out about HealthyWage through her employer and lost over 50 pounds in 10 months. She won $2,500.
For Angela Harkins, it was about doing something positive for herself and saving money to build a home.
Angela learned about HealthyWage through an article at The Penny Hoarder. She bet $50 per month for 18 months that she could lose 50 pounds.
She reached her goal and won $2,400 to put toward a down payment on a new home.
“I’m healthier and I have a lot more money now!” she says.
What Motivates You?
At first, Angela wanted to make the money to buy a house. But as her energy and self-esteem increased, she began discovering new sources of motivation and excitement that pushed her along.
With an increase in self-confidence, she finally signed up for a martial arts class, something she had always wanted to do but was afraid to take on until she started losing the weight.
Angela just needed the catalyst to get her moving.
Betting money she didn’t want to lose was the kick-start she needed.
Teresa agrees. Knowing she stood to lose money if she didn’t reach her goal weight was the encouragement she needed to finally make the lifestyle changes she’d tried to accomplish in the past.
And not only did she beat her goal weight, she’s still losing!
Participating in the HealthyWage challenge “totally changed the way I think about eating and exercise,” she explains.
That’s an important key to this challenge.
HealthyWage isn’t a diet program or weight-loss regimen. While you’ll benefit from joining the community, reading tips and exchanging recipes, the company’s main purpose is facilitating your bet.
You put up the collateral. You conduct your weigh-ins. You choose your weight-loss goal and time frame.
Really, HealthyWage doesn’t make you lose weight — it just handsomely rewards you when you do.
Because she controlled her own diet changes and exercise plan, Teresa says it’s now a part of her daily routine.
“When I was on vacation in Cancun, I was doing lunges, crunches and burpees in my hotel room,” she states. “I can’t stand burpees, but now I do them.”
Here’s How Healthy Wage Works
If you want to get paid to lose weight, here’s how to get started:
- Start at the HealthyWage Prize Calculator. You’ll enter how much weight you want to lose (10-150 pounds, minimum 10% of your starting weight), how long you’ll take (six to 18 months) and how much you want to bet ($20-$150/month). The calculator then determines your prize amount, up to $10,000. You can play with the calculator until you get the prize and goal just right, and you’ll know your prize amount before officially placing your bet.
- Sign up and lay down your bet. You agree to pay the monthly amount for the duration of the challenge.
- Achieve your weight-loss goal, and win your prize! You’ll start and end your challenge with a video-recorded weigh-in to demonstrate your weight loss. Throughout the challenge, you’ll also log weekly weigh-ins, but not on video. These help ensure you’re losing the weight in a healthy way, not through extreme measures.
- If you don’t hit your goal, your money goes to support HealthyWage, including prizes for others who achieve their goals.
Ready to get started? Enter your information in the HealthyWage Prize Calculator to find out how much you can win!
Your Turn: What has helped you achieve your weight-loss goals?
Sponsorship Disclosure: A huge thanks to HealthyWage for working with us to bring you this content. It’s rare that we have the opportunity to share something so awesome and get paid for it!