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Start a Biggest Loser Competition in Your Office

The office is often a place where people end up gaining weight. What with all the sitting around all day, snacking at your desk, office parties, ordering food as a group, and the baked goodies co-workers bring in, it's no wonder extra pounds start to creep onto the scale. So instead of getting fatter at your job, lose weight together by starting a Biggest Loser-style competition in your office.

To find out how


  • Choose a starting date where everyone gets weighed. Record the numbers on a chart (post it or have a responsible person hold onto it).
  • Then choose to do weekly weigh-ins or just do one big weigh-in on the last day.
  • Choose an end date. Make the competition for a short amount of time — I'd say two to four months long in order to see some real progress.
  • Then of course, figure out what the Biggest Loser will win. Everyone can put in $10 to $20 and the winner receives the grand total, or you can wager something, like everyone chips in to get the winner a massage or lunch out at their favorite restaurant.

Keep in mind that it doesn't matter how many pounds you lose — it's the percentage of weight you lose as compared to your body weight. Although it is a competition, you can encourage each other to eat healthier by having office potlucks and ditching the 3 p.m. runs to Dunkin Donuts. You can also motivate each other to work out by exercising at the office or hitting the gym together on your lunch break.

A little healthy competition can be just the thing to help you ditch your old habits, and even if you don't win, you'll feel good knowing you're getting healthier.


Join The Conversation
ReedInShape ReedInShape 5 years
Great idea! I live in a small town called Fairfield Bay, AR. We would like to start a Fairfield Bay "Biggest Loser" friendly, weight loss competition. We would like to use the "Biggest Loser" in our advertising which is all non-profit so that we can attract more people and local businesses to donate to our cause. I am in charge of the design for all advertising and need to know if I can use the words "Biggest Loser". Your thoughts on the matter and any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. We look forward to improving the lives of our friends and neighbors. Love the site! Thank you so much, Reed McBride
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
Neat idea!
soapbox soapbox 8 years
This could get ugly in some offices.
Spectra Spectra 8 years
Probably about half the women I work with could maybe stand to lose a few pounds, but I don't think a weight-loss competition is a good idea because people will get way too hung up on the numbers and not focus on overall health. Why not do an exercise or fitness challenge instead? That way, everyone can participate and no one feels pressured to lose the most weight.
sparklestar sparklestar 8 years
I think that people at my office would be hugely offended by this. I work in support services for homeless people and it is primarily women...
1apple 1apple 8 years
I would be pretty tough on those with or recovering from eating disorders.
doogirl doogirl 8 years
My husband participated in a Great Weight Loss Challenge at work, he's a Correctional Officer. Everyone who participated put in $50. The one that won got something like two grand. Total incentive! Unfortunately, it was not my husband that won!
fcseamstress fcseamstress 8 years
Everyone in my office is very close (if not just slightly over) a healthy weight, so this really wouldn't work here. Plus, dieting + tax season = workplace violence. (Seamstressing is the job I love, clerical in an accounting firm pays da bills)
Zivanod Zivanod 8 years
Besides me, there is no one in my office over 125 lbs. It's rather annoying actually. And no, I don't work in fashion but a bank office.
hex913 hex913 8 years
My office has already had 2 Biggest Loser Competitions. I didn't win either one, but it was incentive to lose some weight and change my lifestyle, so well worth it.
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