My work group formed a 12 week weight loss competition. It starts right after we over indulge in Easter candy! Each person contributes $25. You start with a baseline weight. Then you exercise and diet without the use of diet supplements. Each week you check in with the leader for a private weigh in. Personal weights are never disclosed to anyone but the leader. At the end of 12 weeks each member of the group is ranked by percentage of weight lost rather than actual weight loss to keep it fair. You can divide the winnings by 1st, 2nd and 3rd place or go all in for one winner to take it all.
The success behind this method is that you have a group of supporters who are all trying to attain a common goal. You’ll see a reduction in the amount of junk food and desserts brought in. You’ll see healthier lunches and snacks. You’ll see different workout plans and ideas. You’ll even see an improvement in moral and self-confidence as people improve their body image. But best of all is that the competition with a monetary reward tends to perk up your personal motivation resulting in greater success.
You can keep it fun and encouraging, bring in healthy snacks and recipes to share, plan a day or two each week to do a group work out after work. Take a brisk walk on your lunch breaks. Encourage people to use the stairs instead of the elevator. Negotiate with a local gym for a group discount for membership. Provide members with encouraging notes. Have an additional competition for cutest workout outfit or fun shoes.
I encourage you to lead your own work group weight loss competition. Keep it fun and hope that everyone has success, but strive to win the competition!