Lose It or Lose It is all about protecting your current self from your future self. At the moment that you set weight loss goals, you have tons of motivation to do what it takes to reach them. But what about pursuing those goals over time? You know that your future self might not do very well at sticking to the weight-loss plan when faced with overwhelming temptation, so, in the moment in which you make a mental commitment to these new goals, your current self sets up some penalties to help keep your future self on course. That arrangement is exactly what I needed when I started Lose It or Lose It two years ago and it has helped me lose and keep off a significant amount of weight. I am not the only one, either. Lose It or Lose It has helped a whole bunch of people lose weight — over 2500 pounds have been lost so far!
However, putting up money and making your weigh-ins public is not for everybody. We know and understand that not everyone who needs to lose weight is going to want to use Lose It or Lose It, and we’re ok with that.
Over the years, we’ve talked to quite a few of these people, and, after thinking about what they’ve said and looking to our own experiences, we have come up with some alternative ways of using Lose It or Lose It and its core tenets in order to help people lose weight.
Making Lose It or Lose It Anonymous
One of the big concerns that people have about Lose It or Lose It is that the program is public. I think that making your goals public is a good way to add an extra incentive to help you reach those goals. After all, once you tell people about your goals, they know that you are trying, and that knowledge can add the extra motivation you need in order to stick to your goals. Plus, your friends will encourage you as you try to make progress.
However, some people will never be comfortable letting people know that they are trying to lose weight. Now there is a way to still use Lose It or Lose It’s monetary penalties and accountability friends, yet keep your identity a secret. How? Well, first you need to make sure that you don’t use your real name when you register. Avoid any usernames that you have used in the past. Also, don’t link your account to Twitter or Facebook. Since you are taking these measures, adding accountability friends to help encourage you becomes extra important. Otherwise, no one else would help keep you accountable, since you are using the program anonymously.
When you end up doing well and are proud of your success, you will always have the option to change your username and start telling people about the progress you made.
Just Weigh In Every Day
One of the habits I’ve formed over the last two years is weighing myself every morning. Your weight is governed largely by the little decisions you make every day, and it helps to know how those little decisions are affecting your progress. When I know I’ve gone astray from my plan, I tend to skip weighing in for a few days. Skipping weigh-ins further hurts my progress toward my weight-loss goals.
The tool I use to weigh in is an iPhone app called Weightbot. It is really simple and works great for me. I’ve also seen people use the Withings scale or even their Wii to weigh in and record their weight.
Some of you are going to say “but weight isn’t always the best thing to measure!” and you are right. However, I’ve always thought of Lose It or Lose It as a tool for people that need to lose or keep off (oh wait, could that be a feature hint?!) a significant amount of weight. When you are at that stage, weight is a good measure of how you are doing. That being said, you could also include progress photos and weekly fat measurements to balance things out a bit.
The goal of this practice is to form a habit of measuring your progress on a regular basis. I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t have gained 60 pounds in college if I had weighed myself at least once.
Add Some Spice
If you are struggling to remember to weigh in or are scared to step on that scale every day, consider adding a little bit of LIOLI spice — enlist your significant other and friends to help keep you accountable.
How would that work, exactly? Well, one plan we came up with is as follows… Find one of your closest friends and another person with access to your bank account. Tell the friend that you will email him/her a picture of your feet on the scale every day by noon or the person with access to your bank account will PayPal some of your money to that friend. The goal during this time shouldn’t be to lose weight, but simply to weigh in every single day. The only way you can fail is to not email a picture of your feet on the scale to your intended recipient.
And Everything Nice
There you have it, a couple of alternative uses for successful principles from Lose It or Lose It. If none of these options appeal to you, please contact us and we can help you work something out. I (Randy) am willing to personally help keep you accountable. In the end, we just want to help you lose (and keep off!) the weight.