10% Challenge FAQ


See the rules for the 10% challenge HERE.

Why should I take the 10% Challenge?

Because it will make you more successful at losing weight---regardless of which diet or exercise program you are pursuing.  Academic studies demonstrate that financial incentives triple the effectiveness of weight loss programs.  The 10% Challenge applies these academic studies to make you more successful at weight loss.  The program creates a clear goal---10% weight loss---that has a significant positive impact on your health.  And the 10% Challenge creates a clear timeline---six months---to achieve that goal.  Sign up now

How does it work?

The 10% Challenge allows you to bet on your weight loss and double your money for losing 10% of your weight in six months.  At registration, you pay $150.  We pay you $300 six months later if you have lost 10% of your weight.  You have both your starting and ending weight verified and you self-report your weight on the website once per week.  Sign up now!

Can I participate in the 10% Challenge or BMI Challenge at the same time as the Team Challenge?

Absolutely. You can participate in one, two or all three programs at the same time.

How can I make my reward bigger than $300?

When you invite your friends to participate, your reward gets bigger.  Our referral program is automatic---just give your friends your registration number (by clicking on “Increase Reward” on the dashboard), and your reward will increase when they sign up for HealthyWage and enter your registration number. 

Do I need to have my weight verified?

Yes---twice:  once at the beginning, and once at the end (within two weeks before, or on, your victory date, which is exactly six months after you get your verified weighed in).

Where do I get my weight verified?

You have two options:  (1) it's easy to get verified at home by making a private weight verification video following these instructions or (2) you can get your weight verified at your health club, doctor or WW meeting.  If you do not belong to WW or a health club, many health clubs are willing to help out---be sure to call ahead.

Is there anything else I have to do to win the money?

Aside from losing the weight, there is one other requirement:  you must weigh yourself once per week and report it on the website.  This weekly weigh-in does NOT need to be verified by anyone.  You can miss up to two weekly weigh-ins during the challenge and still remain eligible for the prize (three strikes; you're out).

Where do I find my Registration Number?

It appears automatically on your Verify Me! Form, which is available to registered users on the dashboard page, underneath each of your program widgets.

Is the 10% Challenge legal?

Yes.  Although we use the word “bet” to explain the concept, the 10% Challenge isn’t gambling---you are in control of the outcome at all times.  It's up to you to lose the weight.

How do I get paid?

HealthyWage pays you via check or Paypal.  It's up to you.  Getting paid usually takes about one month after the end of the challenge.

Can I participate if I am pregnant?

No.  But you can sign up after you’ve had your baby, if your doctor says it's okay.

Can I participate if I am planning to have bariatric surgery?

No.  If your weight loss occurs as the result of surgical intervention of any kind, including liposuction, you will not be eligible for any prize.  Please note that HealthyWage does not take a position on whether surgery is a good idea for any particular patient---that’s between you and your doctor.

Can I participate if I am on weight loss pills?

Only with advanced doctor approval.

Are my winnings taxed?

HealthyWage does not withhold any of the winnings for taxes. The $300 prize level is below IRS reporting thresholds so we will not request your tax information if you win the Challenge.  You should, of course, ask your tax advisor for advice (we make no representations).