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Workout incentives

People who are paid to lose weight stick with their diet and exercise plans longer than those who work-out for free.

That new study comes from the Mayo Clinic which looked at 100 overweight employees who were assigned to one of four exercise programs, two of which offered financial incentives to lose. The other two did not.

Researchers found that money may mean more than calories because those who were paid for pounds lost were twice as likely to join the programs and they lost much more weight than those in weight loss programs where no money was involved.

We're not talking about big money either. Employers gave folks 20 dollars a month if they met their goal in terms of weight loss and exercise. Those who failed to meet their goals had to pay 20 dollars.


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