If You Lose The Weight, You Get Your Money Back

Lose weight for free.

What you need to know
  • If the diet works, they’ll give you your money back 1 in 5 participants were refunded Obesity costs Australians $20-billion a year

The solution to weight loss is not what you put in your mouth, but what stays in your pocket, according to the CSIRO.

It says its money back incentive has proved to be a huge motivator for those looking to shed a few kilos.

Trish Spink, signed up to the Total Wellbeing Diet six months ago and she’s now 20 kilograms lighter and not a cent out of pocket.

“I had nothing to lose but the weight,” Spink said.

“You’ve paid for it up front and you want to make sure you meet that criteria at the end of it.”

Not unlike other diets, it teaches you to balance your food groups and encourages you to track your progress online.

The difference though, is if you’ve maintained this over 12 weeks your $199 sign-up fee is returned.

This has been the motivation for many participants with 20 percent getting their money back.

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Those refunded were also more likely to lose more weight, lower their blood pressure and decrease their risk of heart disease.

CSIRO’s nutritionist Dr Gilly Hendrie says incentives come in all forms and for some, it’s money.

“We’re trying to find as many novel and interesting ways to encourage people to start weight loss programs because obesity is such a big issue in Australia,” she said.

According to Government figures, a quarter of children and two-thirds of adults are overweight or obese and that’s costing the Australian economy $20 billion.

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