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How To Start Your
Biggest Loser at Work

When you decide to start your Biggest Loser At Work , you will need to decide the 8 following things:

1) Start date

2) Length

3) Teams

4) Captains

5) Weigh-In Spot

6) Weigh-in Day

7) Wager

8) Calculation Method

These things may seem simple, but let's break them down a bit.

1) Start Date
You want to make sure you get the word out, and give the possible participants enough time to respond or decide if they want to get in on your biggest loser at work. I would suggest posting a flyer near the elevator, or send out an email. If you don't have email or an elevator, post the flyer in a break room, or near the entrance of the office. Give your respondents at least a week. For example, if today is November 1st, don't start the biggest loser at work until at least November 7th or 8th. You can find a competition poster by clicking the competition tools link.
2) Length of the Biggest Loser At Work
Choose how many weeks you want your biggest loser at work to last. You should never go more than 12 weeks because people will lose interest after this amount of time. The most productive weight loss competitions are between 4 and 8 weeks, because the goal is always in sight and there is more urgency to lose weight.
3) Individual or Team Play
Most biggest loser at work competitions are individual play, meaning its everyone for themselves. Everyone weighs in on a given day, and at the end whoever loses the most percentage of weight wins. Team play is a very fun option because you become accountable to your team. Team play is when people are grouped in teams of 2-10 people, and their total percentage lost is added to see which team lost the most weight.

4) Designate a Captain(s)
The captain is the person who enters the weights into your weight loss website. If you are doing individual play, one captain is designated, and records the weights when people weigh in each week (yes, the captain sees the individuals' weights). In team play, the same is true; the captains enter their teams' weights so the website can then compare which team is winning and which team is losing in the biggest loser at work competition.


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5) Place to Record Weights
This is the area that makes or breaks the weight loss competition. Some people refuse to have themselves weighed at work. My suggestion is to get a flat battery-operated digital scale with at least two decimal points (one decimal point will work also) and place it in a corner or unused cube. That way privacy will be assured. Each week everyone will have to take their turn stepping on the scale, with the captain recording their weight on a grid or sheet of paper. The captain then records the weight on the website. The website automatically calculates who is winning the biggest loser at work competition.
6) Day to Record Weight
Go with every Friday. People can then enjoy the weekend. It is easier to diet during the week while at work because everyone is on a schedule. Friday mornings are the #1 day to weigh in for your biggest loser at work competition.
7) Wager
A wager for your biggest loser at work is optional; however there is typically always something to win. Most biggest loser at work competitions have all the participants donate $10 or $20, and the winner takes all at the end of the weight loss competition. You could also have prizes for first or second place. Non-monetary prizes are also common, such as the winner gets the company's best parking spot for a week, two hours of paid sick time, etc.
8) Calculation Method
There is basically one accepted method of calculating weight loss, and that is total percentage lost. When playing in teams, it is better to "stack" the team’s percentage because it treats everyone equally. Someone who weighs 120 has as much impact as someone weighing 240 pounds.
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