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Consumer Watch: Get paid to lose weight

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Many resolutions for the new year are health and fitness related. If that sounds like one of your goals, you can make a little money while you work to achieve it. That’s because there are more apps willing to pay you money if you stick to your goals.

Eating right and exercise-- that's the only magic you need to reach your weight loss and fitness goals.

The problem is in keeping the energy going for as long as it takes. If you’re looking for a carrot over stick approach, a little cash could keep your momentum going. Here are three options--

Diet Bet- With this app you can join a group trying to lose a percentage of body weight. If you achieve your goals-- you win, and split the pot with other winners.

Healthy Wage- You can calculate your prize up front by deciding on your weight loss goals, and how much time you give yourself to lose the weight. You can make monthly bets on your success.

Depending on the amount that you plan to lose, you could earn hundreds of dollars, but if you miss out on your goals, you will be out the money that you bet.

If you’re not looking for weight loss, but want to develop healthier habits you could try Achievement. Achievement pays you to track your health habits, like hitting your step goals, getting enough sleep, and eating healthy meals. You get 10 dollars for every 10,000 points you earn.

It's great to believe in yourself-- but remember to be responsible with this money-making plan, and don't bet money you can't afford to lose. Keeping all those weight loss or goal numbers realistic makes it easier to stay healthy and give yourself the best shot.

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