It’s getting to be New Year’s resolution time and many companies will try and “encourage” weight loss with a “Biggest Loser” type contest. Frankly, this is really a bad idea, as it can create all kinds of bad habits and damaging activities by the participants, as they starve, dehydrate and supplement themselves in an effort to win. On the other hand, winning can make you feel GREAT! So lets go over some strategies to help you win!
Learn the Rules
The contests usually take on one of several forms. Individual based on weight loss (actual weight or a % of starting weight), groups based on weight loss, or either of these combined with inches lost around the waist. You need to find out which of these your company is going to use and how the measurements will be taken, we will then create a strategy based on that. The next thing you need to know is the time frame, is it one month, six weeks, two months or more. If you get to schedule your weigh-in, schedule it for as early in the day as possible.
Initial Weigh-in is CRITICAL!
The competition can be won or lost based on the initial weigh-in. The last thing you want to do is minimize your weight and measures. About three days before the weigh-in, you need to start loading up on the water. You want a fully hydrated system. The standard recommendation for water intake is drink half of your weight in ounces of water each day. So if you weigh 150 pounds, you should drink about 75 ounces of water a day, for the three days before the weigh-in we want to increase that to about 66% of your weight. (for the math challen