What's the best incentive for losing weight?


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Yo Kass answered

I was actually just reading something in Time Magazine about the government in Dubai offering its residents a very encouraging incentive to drop the pounds: Gold.

For every kilogram participants lose, the state will reward them with a gram of gold. This works out at around $41 for every two pounds they burn.

The thing is, obesity has become a major problem in Gulf states like Dubai, with around 75% of the adult population considered either overweight or obese. It's a trend that's replicated in countries like Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, and Abu Dhabi.

The "diet for gold" scheme may sound like a great idea, but how effective will it actually be in a country where the general population is pretty well off?

Perhaps the real solution would be to wean people off the fast-food chains that are wildly popular in the region, and instead encourage more sensible dietary choices through information.

Nevertheless, if it takes off - I'd be interested to see if other countries consider taking part.

On one hand, increasing people's fitness and health would alleviate pressure on economies where the healthcare system is state-funded. Perhaps in these cases it would make sense to offer gold or cash incentives if the actual savings to the system outweigh the cost of running such a wacky scheme.

But then would this encourage "professional dieters" who scam the system by simply piling on the pounds and then losing it again?

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ly fen chen answered

It depends on you, if you'd like to have a good figure and good health then you should do the exercises and eat some diet-food in order to lose weight. In fact, me too, I did my diet by doing exercises and by eating healthy food, at last, I achieved and I lost some pounds in a few months, so I am happy as I can wear what I like in fashion.

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Jessica Emily answered

Of course, you could lose it sooner if you were more aggressive with the amount of calories you take in each day or the amount of cardio you do...

I would not recommend going below 1,200 calories(as a woman) or 1,500 as a man though.

Do some more reading up on proper diet/exercise protocol before you implement anything though...

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