This year, Chad and I embarked on a fitness journey. We decided to challenge ourselves, and go somewhere we hadn’t before.
I know, I know. We all see this coming: new year, a new plan for a healthier lifestyle. It’s a cliche that we all seem to go through. But who can truly be cynical about an earnest attempt to lead a better life?
Not me. Which is why we are a few weeks into a diet bet challenge, with our momentum only increasing. We are here to win, people. And we just might.
Essentially, there are seven of us competing in this challenge. We all have an individual calorie goal; meeting in results in earning points, blowing it leads to point reduction. At the end of six weeks, we’ll tally our points, which will then be converted into dollars.
Diet Bet Challenge Breakdown
This challenge is primarily diet-focused, operating with a daily point system. Every person uses the MyFitnessPal app to determine their daily calorie goal and track their food and exercise each day.
The main goal is to stay under your calorie goal per day. If you do, plus point. If you don’t, minus points. Although exercise is not worth any points, working out 3 times per week earns a cheat day for the next week, which allows a bonus 500 calories. Equally important to note, if you don’t use your cheat day, you can get points instead.
Each point is equal to a dollar. During bi-weekly check-ins, points are recorded, and tallied at the very end of the challenge. As a result, losers pay the winner the difference in points. For example, if I had 5 points as the winner and Chad had 2, he would pay me $3. In the end, the winner will receive money from everyone else.
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Ours is a 6-week time frame, with check-ins every 2 weeks.
1. Stay under your daily calorie goal. (If not, points will reflect.)
2. Track your meals in the app.
3. Track your exercise in the app.
Here are the point allotments, per day:
+1 point for under caloric goal
-1 point for 0-500 over caloric goal
-2 points for >500 over caloric goal
Cheat days have a caloric limit of +1000 calories over caloric goal. If below this value then +1, but if over then -1.
Additionally, if a participant fails to log caloric intake for a day it is assumed >500 over caloric goal, so -2 points.
There are 2 forms of tracking:
- Through the MyFitnessPal app. You must log your food every day. This is also where you log any fitness activity.
Note: If you do not log your food activity, you will automatically lose 1 point.
- Someone should track of all points on a spreadsheet that everyone has access to. This is an ongoing tally to see who is winning, losing, etc.
As if fitness isn’t enough of a motivator, there will also be some financial pressure. Money will not be paid until the end of the competition. However, check-ins will determine how much money is given to the winner at the end of the competition.
Each point correlates to $1. To pay at the end, we will use either cash or Venmo. This is a money-sending app. We will exchange usernames to send the money directly to the winner.
Here is a break-down of the money scoring:
Bi-Weekly Winner’s Pot = (check-in winner point total) – (check-in loser point total)
Overall Winner’s Pot = (winner’s bi-weekly pot total) – (loser’s bi-weekly pot total)
Every two weeks, there will be a check-in. At this time, we will compare points, and get a progress report on how everyone is doing. The purpose of this is to keep everyone interested and engaged.
Also, participants can choose to leave the competition at the time of check-ins.
The final check in is at the end of the 6 weeks, where all the points will be added up for a grand finale winner. This is when payment will be tallied and given to the winner of the challenge.
I’ll keep you updated on our challenge and how it’s going. Cheers!