When a person bets money on a Weight Loss Challenge it can be tempting to cheat. Sometimes there can be a significant amount of Prize money on the line.
Because most of these Weight Loss Challenge programs rely on “good faith” and honest self-reporting, it leaves a few openings to cheat. Some of the best cheating ideas come from the challenge rules themselves.
You should also be aware that some programs do say they may take legal action if they can prove you were cheating on a weight loss challenge to collect your winnings and profited from it.
Most of weight loss betting programs require a weigh-in and weigh-out validation. Either in-person or with video. The validation steps are simply to prove the scale is zeroed out before you get on it and to show the date the video is recorded. You also need to wear a t-shirt and shorts to ensure you aren’t hiding any weights.
Don’t Get Caught – Cheating Methods Used for Winning a Weight Loss Challenge
Listed below are some of the illegal weight loss tactics that are usually against the rules.
Cheating Method #1: Fudge the date. This won’t do too much to help you except maybe buy you a couple of extra days of dieting. Proving the weigh in date you need to either have a daily newspaper or show one online like NY Times. For the online one you could just show a screenshot and photoshop the date.
Cheating Method #2: Add weight to the initial weigh-in. Even though you are wearing t-shirt and shorts you could add weights to your body by using thin lead weights to wrap on your thighs. Some folks have said they might get really creative and use their prison purse.
Cheating Method #3: Lie about your gender. If you are betting on your weight loss odds, the payout is potentially higher for women. Generally men have a more muscle and lose weight easier so the odds are greater for women.
Cheating Method #4: Scheduling bariatric surgery during the challenge. Although bariatric surgery can be a very helpful means of gaining health for many people, most weight loss challenges make it a rule that any surgery of that type must have been completed at least one year prior. But – who’s going to tell them?
Cheating Method #5: Being married or related to one of the judges. They could just not watch closely during your weigh-in or final weigh-out. If you are playing for additional points too like weekly challenges, they could just mark off your completion points without ever having to do a thing.
Cheating Method #6: Cleanses, detox, or fasting. This is another way people can rapidly lose weight for a short duration.
Cheating Method #7: Mess up the scale calibration. Most scales can be “zeroed” by pressing the reset button. For final weigh-out just take some of the weight off by lifting the top a bit, then zero it out. You will need to have propped up to keep it at zero so the trick will be using something that will collapse just as you get on. For the entry weight you can just do the opposite.
Cheating Method #8: Diet pills, HCG injections, or similar. Appetite suppressants and fat burning drugs that are commonly prescribed by physicians, or found off market, are usually not allowed for betting weight loss challenges. But who’s going to tell?
Cheating Method #9: Fake photo ID. When a photo ID is required you can get fake ones or photoshop the real ones. No company should have access to a database with the real ID’s and corresponding drivers license or passport numbers. If they do, this could raise the question as to WHY?
Cheating Method #10: Purging and/or laxatives. Any method that causes the body to rid itself of food or food waste rapidly. Maybe scheduling your colonoscopy the day before your final weigh-out could come in handy.
Cheating Method #11: Extreme cardio, excessive sweating techniques. Sweat suits or saunas, or using diuretics pills to reduce water weight. This is often a final weigh-out strategy when a few pounds stand between the competitor and the winning weight needed. This cheating method is commonly reported to be used by such professionals as wrestlers, boxers, bodybuilders, and jockeys.
Cheating Method #12: Lie about your age. If you are betting on your weight loss odds, the payout is potentially higher for older people. As we age our metabolism slows making it more difficult to lose weight.
Cheating Method #13: Add body weight prior to initial weigh-in. Eating heavy meals and water retention are a couple ways to ensure there are a few easily dropped extra pounds. Another way is to not poop for a few days before the initial weigh-in.
Cheating Method #14: Don’t tell them you are pregnant. If you are scheduled for delivery before the challenge is completed, you may end up gaining a baby, losing weight, and winning some money. Who’s going to tell?
Cheating Method #15: Fake verification forms: In the even you need to verify your weight, identity, medical condition etc. you may be asked to submit a verification form. They may possibly check up on the form and the person who signs it could be legally liable, but – whos going to tell?
Cheating Method #16: Two people are pretending to be one. If you have an obese sibling or relative that looks similar, you can use them for the start weight and weigh-ins. Then the final weigh-out will be the person who weighs the lessor weight. If photo identity is required you can show the one who weighs less and make up a story on how you gained all the weight.