Get Paid to Lose Weight? That's the Idea at Paid2Lose.com
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We're solidly into the new year, so perhaps you've already tossed aside those overreaching resolutions that were made after a month (months?) of booze-fueled dessert debauchery and nights on the town charged to a credit card with a billion percent interest rate.
But what if there were a way you could tackle two enduring resolutions -- to lose weight and get back on financial track -- at once? Could there really be a can't-fail diet plan that speaks to South Floridians' dual love of hot bodies and quick cash?
Paid2Lose.com promises just that; sort of. The brainchild of West Palm Beach-based marketing company Weight Free, paid2lose.com is seeking volunteers who want to earn some extra dough while shunning carbs. And/or sugar, alcohol, gluten, and whatever else is the current dietary persona non grata. They promise to do this at no cost to you, the participant.
Here's how it supposedly works:
According to WeightFree, the website will derive funding through ads and sponsorships, a cut of which will be given to participants based on how well they do at shaping up. The payout will be directly connected to the decrease in your body mass index (BMI). As of now, there is no specific percentage or formula given for how much money we're talking; could be $5 per BMI unit or it could be $50; who knows? No specific figures have been volunteered as of yet.
Users don't have to buy any products or sign up for any services to play the game, but like most websites that generate revenue through ad sales, Paid2Lose.com is hoping you'll be eagerly clicking on links and showing a little love to their partners. Fair enough.
You can register to participate (and get updates on the program as details are ironed out) by filling out a brief registration form directly at the source. There, you'll put in basic info like your full name, age, and education. Strangely, your weight and height are of no relevance at this stage of the game. Though registration is open now, the program doesn't begin until April.
The cons: If the program fails to generate a profit, participants will be forced to settle for the payoff of healthier bodies, lowered risk of numerous health concerns, and (hopefully) recharged outlooks on life. Oh, wait...