From the outside, HealthyWage sounds like a scam. After all, who is going to pay you to do something healthy like lose weight?
Amazingly, it’s not a scam. But it’s not a quick money maker either.
You start out by creating an account on HealthyWage. You’ll be asked to create a login and password and to select a challenge. There are multiple challenges to choose from, all with different weight loss percentages and lengths of time.
I started my challenge in February. I selected the “Yes You Can Jackpot” challenge. The idea was to lose 6% of my body weight by the end of April. That was about eight weeks.
I was asked to input a starting weight, height, gender, and age. I then had to do an official weigh-in.
The official weigh-in can be done at a verified place like Jenny Craig, or it can be done at home. If you do it at home, you will need a digital scale, full-length mirror, tablet or current newspaper, and a smartphone.
I weighed in at home and it was a little awkward. I used my smartphone to film myself stepping on to the scale. I zoomed in on the weight and then stepped off. I then held up the tablet which was cued up to the USA Today website with the day’s date on it. Still rolling, I went to a full-length mirror where I showed a full shot of my front and then a shot of my profile. I then walked back to the scale to show my weight again.
I uploaded the video to HealthyWage, which approved my video within a few days. I now had a verified weight on file.
The way you make money with HealthyWage is by first making a bet that you will achieve your goal in a set amount of time. I wagered $20/month ($60 total) that I would achieve my goal by the end of April.
You are in a pool of contestants, all of whom are making a similar wager. When the time expires, everyone who has verified their weight and achieved their goal gets to split the jackpot (less a nominal fee from HealthyWage).
To make sure you are not losing money even if you achieve your goal, HealthyWage has a fail-safe in place. It guarantees you will make your money back plus a little extra if you lose your target weight by the deadline.
I will spare you the gory details of my weight loss battle and skip to the end, where I achieved my goal, though it happened on the very last day.
At the end of a challenge, you must make another weight verification video and submit it to prove you have lost the correct amount of weight.
Here’s the math breakdown for my challenge.
I earned $93.16 for achieving my goal. There was a $3.00 PayPal fee (2.9%+30 cents) and I put in a total of $60 (3 months x $20 per month) of my own money. It nets out to $30.16 earned.
I paid it into my PayPal account.
The Bottom Line
- You’re getting paid to lose weight!
- HealthyWage is good about keeping you involved. I received weekly emails asking me to put in my weight. When I did, a tracker told me if I was on target or off target of my goal.
- HealthyWage is all about losing weight but at a healthy pace. You cannot make a wager to lose 15 pounds in one month.
- Dieting is hard. It’s possible to earn good money. It’s also possible to lose a considerable amount of money if you miss your goal.
The bottom line for me is that HealthyWage is definitely a viable way to earn money and you can do it with kids.
The idea of being paid to lose weight is worth it. The payout isn’t huge, but the health benefits are.
Have you tried HealthyWage? Have you tried another paid to lose weight program that you want me to test out? If so, drop me a comment below.