Website Places Healthy Wager On Weight Loss
If you're planning on losing weight, you can finally put your money where your mouth is. NY1's Kafi Drexel filed the following report.
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Judging by the footage, it's pretty clear the likes of Mike Sisco, Will "The Champ" Millender, and Joel "The Cannon" Podelsky are forces to be reckoned with in the world of competitive eating.
"I've done 10 latkes in a minute. I've done 10 hard boiled eggs in a minute. I did Jamaican beef patties I've done eight of them in four-and-a-half minutes," says Podelsky.
"Fifty-seven dumplings in two minutes. Fifty-one mac and cheese balls in eight minutes. Sixteen slices of pizza in 12 minutes," says Millender.
But weighing in at more than 250 to to 400 pounds each, the non-stop eating was seeping into their daily lives. So now the main record they are trying to break is who can lose the most weight through the new online site, dietbet.com.
Dietbet.com gives groups the chance to compete to lose weight. Whoever participates can decide how much everyone bets. Whoever loses four percent of their body weight within a month splits the winnings.
"For most people it evens out to about two pounds a week. We think that is a healthy amount of weight to be losing each week. There's no advantage to losing more than that," says Dietbet.com Vice President of Strategic Alliances Tina Basle.
So if you've got money on the line are you more likely to meet your goals? For that, NY1 checked in with registered dietician and new author of "Slim, Calm, Sexy Diet" Kerri Glassman, to see if it is worth the wager.
"This website gives people accountability," Glassman says. "It gives them support and also there's the real hard-core goal of it all, the competition aspect. And the goal is actually pretty reasonable."
Gender may also play a role. Another website, HealthyWage.com, which pays people to lose weight found men are four times more successful than women at weight loss when cash is at stake.
In all, the pro-eaters competing on dietbet.com lost 79 pounds and walked away with about $200 in winnings each. They plan to keep the challenge going by upping the ante instead of their waistlines.