You know that old saying about a ‘problem shared being a problem halved’?
Well, we could very easily apply it to the quest that many of us have to lose weight. We often have all the great intentions in the world, yet somehow we slip up at far too many hurdles to mention.
The result ends up being a feeling of frustration and even failure.
One way to combat such negative results is to make weight loss a team effort rather than trying to go it alone. The support of others and even the awareness that other people are in the same boat as you and working towards the same goal can go along way in helping you to reach success.
However, something that can make the team effort even more successful, plus add a good helping of fun to your weight loss goals (yes, that’s right, weight loss can be fun!) is to add a touch of competition to the mix.
Whether you are thinking about losing weight as a couple, a group of friends, co-workers or the like, getting started on the right foot is crucial and choosing a weight loss competition idea that can deliver on results, fun and durability could be the best thing any of you embarked on.
Of course, coming up with weight loss competition ideas can be rather challenging but don’t worry, we are going to share a few great ideas with you that we hope are going to be right up your street.
Remember, everyone has to feel excited about the competition so it may be a good idea to choose a few favorites and then put them to the group. If need be, tweak the idea you all like the most to make it a realistic option that everyone feels excited about.
So, ready to get started?
Here are our top 3 weight loss competition ideas!
Top Weight Loss Contest Ideas for Couples, Office, & Friends
1. Challenge Those Chores
This weight loss competition idea works well for couples or co-workers.
Here’s what you need to do:
Make a List
Make a list of those weekly or monthly chores that no one likes to do. For instance, it could be doing the school run for couples or taking the morning coffee for the team at work.
Decide on a time frame and weigh in point. For instance, the person who has lost the least weight each Friday will have to care for the chores the following week.
Group Size is Important
Consider the size of the group. For couples, it’s easy as there is one winner and one loser each week.
However, in an office setting, if the group involved in the competition are more than a few, you may want to make the rules that the bottom two or three people do the chores.
Note: Consider the response of the group to this idea. Some people will feel very motivated by the prospect, however, others may not like the designation of losers each week. It’s an idea that will work for some groups but may not work for others.
2. Use a Points System For Prizes
Who doesn’t like to get a prize?
That prize is especially nice if it related to something that you have been working hard to deny yourself, such as sweets, chocolate or a good old bottle of wine.
The points system can work really well for a group who are motivated in such a way (actually, aren’t we all motivated by something sweet and a nice tipple when we are trying to lose weight?)
Here’s how you need to go about setting up the competition:
Set a Prize Pool
Set a prize pool amount and make a list of people’s top “naughty” treats.
Collect Money from All Participants
Collect the prize pool money from all members taking part and don’t make it over the top – $5 per person is enough to make the prize system more than worthwhile.
Use a Point System
Set the point system and make sure that it is clear and without the risk of confusion. For instance, it could be one point for working out for a minimum amount of time, one point for going a full day without sugar and so forth.
Decide on When You’ll Give Out Prizes
– Decide on the frequency of awarding prizes. It may be that each Friday points are compared and the designated prize is awarded.
Points Reset Each Week
Remember to set everyone’s points back to zero at the start of each week (or whatever time period you have decided on) as this gives everyone a fair chance to win and cuts down on anyone feeling that success is beyond their reach.
Note: This competition idea works very well for groups who don’t want to get ‘weighed down’ with constantly having to weigh themselves – not that weigh ins like the ones Weight Watchers does are necessarily a bad thing, but many people don’t like them..
It tends to encourage a healthier way of living each day and often the results will be surprising good weight loss when members do decie to check their weight.
3. Check The Boxes Competition
This may be classified as a group effort or a competition and can be tweaked to fall into either category as you see fit.
It’s a great idea for making weight loss fun and working hard to motivate each other or tease each other depending on what type of activity you make it into.
Here’s what you need to do:
Pick Fun Weight Loss Activities
Make a list of activities which encourage weight loss (walking works great), for instance ‘walk to work or get off at the stop before your normal one’, ‘squat for two minutes while brushing your teeth’, ‘do 50 jumping jacks in a public place’ and so forth.
Try to make some of the list easy to complete and other parts a little more ‘daring’.
Flash Cards Can Come in Handy
Make a flash card for each activity and then prepare a flashcard pack for each member of the group. This means that everyone will receive the same number of flashcards with the same tasks on them.
How You Earn Points
Every time a participant completes a flashcard they get a point. Flashcards can be completed as many times as you like.
Selfie Stick Anyone?
To count a flashcard as completed not only does the participant need to do the task but they also need to send a selfie to the group (this obviously means that you need to set up a group chat using whatever social media platform everyone has on their phone).
Trust us, this can not only get a lot of laughs but can really help to motivate everyone.
And the Winner is?
The winner is the person who has completed the most flashcards (remember one point per flashcard completion) and receives whatever prize the group has decided on.
This could be a cash amount if everyone has been willing to put in a pool fund or a set prize if that is more preferable.
Note: This is a great activity among friends but also has a wonderful team-building feel when carried out by co-workers.
As was the case with the above competition, the goal is not centered around what the scales say but how healthy the person’s week has been and remember, a healthy lifestyle tends to result in healthy and sustainable weight loss; everyone’s end game!
4. Use An App
Believe it or not, but there are some companies out there that come up with fun weight loss challenges for you to take part in, making it super easier.
At the end of the day, that would be my preferred way to take part in a weight loss challenge, but that’ll be up to you.
Some challenges, like HealthyWage (read our review here), even give you the chance to win money if you reach your weight loss goals!
The Bottom Line
Losing weight and keeping that weight off can be a real challenge and the fact that you reading this means you likely know exactly what we are talking about!
By setting up a group weight loss challenge not only can you set yourself up for long-term success but you can also add a whole new level of fun to your efforts.
We hope that one of the competition ideas we have outlined above has sparked your interest and will have you well on the way to weight loss success with a group, partner, or friends!
Ben Corbin brings nearly 20 years of experience as a health and wellness author and writer. He holds a master’s degree, has a passion for health and fitness, and is driven to provide readers with accurate and honest diet reviews. Learn more about Ben and the DadQuarters mission at our About page.