How to Host a Weight Loss Contest

How to Host a Weight Loss Contest

 

 

Weight loss can be a challenging journey, especially when you’re taking it alone. Taking on tough goals, such as losing weight, can be a lot more fun with a group and fostering a sense of community can result in higher individual success rates. By setting up a weight-loss challenge for your friends, family or colleagues, you can inspire a sense of solidarity while also providing a little healthy competition. Regardless of who ultimately wins the challenge, everyone involved will reap the benefits of good health.

 

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Set the dates for the competition. Anywhere between 6 and 8 weeks is the shortest duration you should attempt for a weight loss challenge. Shorter challenges will have the least drastic results in the end, but they can also be the most productive because there’s a slight sense of urgency throughout the competition.

Between 8 and 10 weeks is the most commonly used time frame for a weight loss challenge. Give the challenge a catchy name that references the duration of the event, like the “10-Week Lifestyle Reboot” or something else similarly motivating.12 weeks should be the maximum duration for a weight loss challenge. After 12 weeks people may start to lose interest in the competition or drop out because it’s too strenuous.

 

 

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Set realistic expectations. The recommended and safest rate of weight loss is approximately 1 to 2 pounds (0.5 to 1 kilogram) per week. On average, you need to burn 500 to 1,000 calories more than you consume each day, by way of diet and exercise, to lose 1 to 2 pounds a week. This is a realistic goal that everyone can shoot for.

As host of the competition, it will be your responsibility to convey to the participants that ultimately the contest is about health, not weight.Caution your participants about using extreme measures and unhealthy methods to lose weight, and warn them about the dangers of losing too much weight too quickly. When you host the first meeting, provide literature about healthy weight loss strategies, along with quality information about diet and exercise for safe weight loss.Emphasize that they should use diet and exercise to lose weight, not starve themselves. State clearly and kindly that you’ll have to privately intervene if you notice anyone who starts shedding weight inexplicably fast or starts to look unhealthy during the contest and that it could result in their disqualification.

 

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Determine how to measure success. Most challenges measure success by pounds lost, and this method will be easiest for you to measure. Providing the data in pounds lost will also more straightforward for the participants. Ultimately, the winner will be determined by calculating the highest percentage of weight loss over the time period of the challenge.

 

 

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Record each participant’s weight every week, and on the final day of the competition you will get the average of those weekly weigh-ins and subtract that number from the participant’s start weight.The objective is to reveal who showed the most improvement over the course of the contest, measured by percentage of weight loss.Sometimes weight loss challenges will measure success by body fat percentage instead of pounds lost. Both methods of measurement are effective, but it may be easier to measure body fat percentages accurately if you have a personal trainer or fitness expert involved in the .

 

 

How to Host a Weight Loss Contest

 

 

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