Could a digital doppelganger help you slim down?
A new study in the Journal of Diabetes, Science and Technology found that overweight women who spent time watching an avatar (customized to look like them) as it exercised, ate healthier, and reached its weight-loss goals were able to lose three and a half pounds themselves over four weeks. With more technology available to more people than ever, the following cutting-edge applications may provide new ways to motivate people like you to live healthier lives.
1. Bet on your diet.
One study found that dieters who risked losing money if they didn’t shed the weight were about five times as likely to reach their goal as those who had no money at stake. In fact, half of the bettors dropped 16 pounds in 16 weeks, compared to just a little over 10 percent of the group that didn’t wager at all. If you want to put your money where your scale is, join DietBet, a four-week social-dieting game. Participants put real money on themselves, and the first to lose 4 percent of their body weight wins. One current game has nearly $150,000 up for grabs.