Let’s be honest, sometimes it’s hard to lose weight. It may seem super easy to just eat healthy and workout at the gym, but everyone has a different body type, and sometimes, internal or external factors play a part as well. However, that doesn’t mean that it can’t be done! If you lack motivation and accountability, you may just need to have an app that pays you to lose weight.
Yes, there’s an app that pays you to lose weight! If you really need an extra push to start your health journey or lose weight, these apps can help.
There’s An App That Pays You To Lose Weight?
[As a disclaimer – no one from LifeAndMyFinances is getting paid to promote these apps – and that’s why we didn’t link to any of them. BUT, the concepts certainly ARE interesting (and related to personal finance). So check them out if you want, and maybe you’ll start looking better AND gain a bit of cash! 😉 ]
Yes! There are a few actually. And they all have science-backed reasons for paying people to lose weight. And I promise these aren’t a scam (in fact, I’ve used two of them). Let’s have a gander!
HealthyWage is, in my personal opinion, the best app that pays you to lose weight. I’ve actually personally used them to jumpstart my weight loss after my first baby.
Here’s how it works:
First, you’ll need to set up your account, and have your first official and verified weigh-in. HealthyWage makes sure that no one cheats by asking for photo and video proof of your weigh-in. There is no possible way for people to cheat.
Once you’ve had your weigh-in, you’ll set a weight loss goal, and set a time-frame.
After that, you’ll place a bet. You do need to put in some of your own money to get this started.
It may seem odd, or even scammy, to have to spend money to make money. However, HealthyWage based their program on research and studies, many that showed when you “put some skin in the game”, you’re more likely to stick with it. In other words, you don’t want to lose your hard-earned money, so you’re going to take your weight loss and healthy living seriously.
If you lose the bet, you lose your money. But if you reach your weight loss goal and win the bet, you’re then rewarded from the “pot” that you chose, including the payments of people who didn’t meet their goals. You can also participate in pots individually, or even as a team if you have friends and family who need the accountability as well.
Want to see how much you could earn? Try their bet calculator.
DietBet works similarly to HealthyWage. However, the biggest difference is that there is a specified goal already created for you. To join DietBet, you agree to lose 4% of your weight in 4 weeks.
For example, if you’re 200 pounds, you agree to lose at least 8 pounds in one month.
When you join DietBet, you can create a new “pot”, which is just a group of people who want to lose weight and win money. Or, you can join one of the existing pots. When I looked at the website, there were pots ranging from $5,000 to upwards of $40,000. And you can get started for as little as $25. But the more you put in (and if you reach your goal) the more you can earn.
Since its creation, DietBet has paid out over $62 million dollars. And you can bet each month and earn upwards of $2,000 each time.
3) Charity Miles
Technically, the Charity Miles app doesn’t pay you to lose weight. But hear me out… have you ever wanted to donate to charity, but didn’t really have the money to do it?
Well, why not make a difference while also upping your fitness game?
If you’d like to make a difference and do something good, while boosting your fitness levels and losing weight, then Charity Miles is the app for you.
With the Charity Miles app, you’ll earn money for each mile that you walk, run, or bike.
The app uses your phone’s internal pedometer and GPS systems to calculate each mile and reward you. You can also use your FitBit, Peloton, or Apple Watch to earn miles. You’ll earn 10 cents per bike mile, and 25 cents per walk or run mile.
Once you’re ready to donate your points, you can choose from a wide range of charities to donate to. A few include the Wounded Warrior Project, Habitat for Humanity, and ASPCA, although there are many more to choose from.
4) Walgreens Balance Rewards
You may or may not know that Walgreens has made big strides in helping people in their communities stay healthy. Part of that is their Healthy Choices program, which includes the Walgreens Balance Rewards app.
The app is also super simple to use, and you earn points just for tracking your health and fitness efforts, like losing weight and sleeping 8 hours a night. You can also earn points by shopping at Walgreens, completing fitness and health challenges (available in the app), and refilling prescriptions.
1,000 points is worth $1, and you can cash out as soon as you hit the $1 mark. You can redeem your cash and get deductions on purchases at Walgreens, money off of your prescriptions, and also save your points and get free vaccines. This may not mean cash in your hand, but it definitely saves you money, which means more money in your wallet.
To join, you just need to download the app, which is available for Android and iOS phones, and connect it to a fitness tracker like MyFitnessPal.
Related: How I Lost 15 Pounds in 2 Weeks!
Want to know the greatest thing about the StickK app?
- It’s not just an app that pays you to lose weight.
- You can also set goals to help you prepare for a marathon,
- quit smoking, or even
- just exercise regularly.
So this is a great app if you just need help sticking to health goals in general.
When you join StickK, you’ll get started by signing a Commitment Contract. If you don’t reach your goal, you agree that you will pay money. That money then goes to someone you made a bet with, or to a charity of your choice.
If you reach your goal, you don’t owe anything. You can earn money through the app by placing bets with people and holding them accountable as well. You can bet as little or as much as you’d like.
- You can set up an ongoing commitment (like losing 2 pounds a week), or
- a one-time commitment (like running your first marathon).
If you choose an ongoing commitment, you have to submit a report every week to update StickK and your accountability partners on your progress.
StickK is available on both Android and iOS phones.
Achievement is another app that you can use to make money for losing weight. It works similarly to many survey apps, and you earn points that you can then redeem for rewards. You can earn up to 80 points per day by tracking your regular activities, like…
- working out,
- meditating, and
- weighing yourself.
1,000 points is equal to $1, and you can cash out as soon as you reach 10,000 points. If you reach the max of 80 points per day, that basically means you can earn $10 every quarter.
That may not seem like much, but hey, free money is free money. You might as well get paid for something you already want to do anyway.
You can connect the Achievement app to your other fitness apps too. So if you use apps like FitBit or Apple Health, no worries. You can earn your points by tracking with these apps.
Achievement is available on iOS and Android devices. When you reach your $10 threshold, you can get the money via PayPal.
Should You Use An App That Pays You To Lose Weight?
As you can see, there are quite a few apps that will pay you (or donate on your behalf) to lose weight. So, should you use them?
I’d say if you really want to lose weight or make better health choices (like quitting smoking), these apps can help encourage and push you to succeed. And, the opportunity to win cash never hurt either!
What about you? Will you use an app that pays you to lose weight?
AUTHOR Kimberly Studdard
Kim Studdard is a project manager for online entrepreneurs and small businesses. When she isn't spending time with her daughter and husband, or reading her growing pile of horror books, you'll find her working on her HR degree and working towards FIRE.