Commitment devices are an increasingly popular weight-loss method, especially among economists. However, new research from Nicholas Burger and John Lynham indicates that betting on your own ability to lose weight may not be a sure thing.
Researchers have uncovered more reason to believe that properly managed diet and exercise can help overweight, obese and severely obese people lose weight, two studies have suggested.The studies, published in Wednesday's print edition of the Journal of the American Medical Association, show that behavioral changes can have a significant impact, in contrast to increasingly popular surgical interventions, such as gastric bypass procedures.Both studies used pre-packaged meals as part of their evaluations, and offered financial incentives to those participating.
Ted Frank reports on his 60k weight-loss bet with Ray Lehmann:
In late 2008, Ray Lehmann and I made an audacious bet: we would put up $60,000 that we would lose 60 pounds in nine months, and pay each other $1,000 for each pound the other lost.
...I lost 32 pounds, Ray lost 41, and we were on pace to lose 60 each. StickK.com was offering to make us their official spokespeople.
Kim Kardashian isn't actively looking for a weightloss deal to help her shed her future baby weight, but a spokesperson from Jenny Craig is already saying they will not even consider the reality TV star as a spokeswoman.
Significant changes to the bacteria that live in our guts may be partially behind the rapid weight-loss success of patients who undergo gastric bypass surgery, a new study in mice shows. Gastric bypass is a form of weight-loss surgery performed on morbidly obese people. The stomach is made smaller, to about the size of the egg, so that people feel full faster and are not able to eat as much.
By Chris Katje: As competition in the weight loss market heats up, Weight Watchers International (WTW) is bringing new marketing ideas in to help grow the company's number of customers. Weight Watchers has been successful at targeting women with its weight loss Points Plus program, but recently has launched a massive advertising program aimed at men who want to lose weight.
It’s come to my attention that many people make New Year’s resolutions to lose weight. I didn’t do that in 2010, but I did weigh almost 250 pounds on March 1, 2010 and this morning I weighed 180 pounds which goes to show that it’s possible to lose weight. So I thought this might be an opportune day to share some advice.