About DietBet

As the name implies, DietBet is a social dieting site that allows users to place bets on their weight loss, and then win back their original bet (and then some) if they reach their goal within a set amount of time. Because of this, DietBet sums up its mission by helping you “Bet on yourself to lose weight. Reach the goal … split the pot!”

Admittedly, this is a new method of losing weight, so you understandably have a lot of questions. We also recognize that summer is just around the corner, and you want to get swimsuit ready as quickly (and as safely) as possible. But before we answer your important questions, let’s take a close look at how DietBet works.

How Does DietBet Work?

While there are a wide variety of game types on DietBet (you can search the Game Directory, or even create a game of your own based on keyword, start date, and more), all games fall into one of the following categories:

  • Kickstarter – For those looking to lose at least 4% of their body weight over the course of 4 weeks. On average, winners lose 9 pounds.
  • Transformer – Tailored toward those who would like to lose at least 10% of their weight over the course of 6 months. On average, winners lose 24 pounds.
  • Maintainer (Coming Soon) – For those who would like to maintain their current weight.

Depending on the type you’re interested in, you can view a list of featured games, including a brief description, total pot, the number of players, and bet amount, in order to help you make your decision.

Regardless of which option you choose though, the process basically works over 4 steps:

Step 1

First, you’ll need to join DietBet by signing up using your Facebook credentials, or by entering your email address and password and then choosing your category.

Step 2

After your account has been setup, you’ll need to complete your weigh in, which involves submitting 2 photos to DietBet’s Referees; one in “airport security attire” (no shoes, socks, or belt, with pockets completely empty) while standing on a scale, and another of your scale’s readout, including your weigh in word on a note card, which is automatically generated for you after signing up.

Getting Started with DietBet will require you to submit one photo standing on a scale in “airport security attire” and another of your scale’s readout, including your weigh in word.

Step 3

After you’ve completed your photos and weighed in, it’s time to begin your weight loss challenge. Throughout the process, you’ll be able to post comments and photos on your challenge’s wall, while receiving weight loss tips and daily email motivation.

Step 4

Lastly, once your challenge has ended, you’ll have 48 hours to post your final weight, although you won’t be required to submit a final photo unless you’re a winner. If you are a winner though, your DietBet account will be credited your earnings, which can then be applied to another DietBet challenge, or transferred to PayPal (see more about this in the pricing section).

Sounds simple and straightforward, right? But should you sign up for DietBet? Consider the following:

What is DietBet’s WayBetter Way?

Compared to other weight loss tools, DietBet’s WayBetter Way is claimed to combine commitment (through your monetary bet), goal setting, collaboration with others who are also looking to lose weight, and celebration (e.g. the money you’ll earn by winning your challenge).

According to the company, their WayBetter Way unique approach can also help individuals get in the best shape of their life, get a better night’s sleep, and even quit smoking.

How Much Weight Can You Expect to Lose with DietBet?

According to the DietBet website, Kickstarter winners lose an average of 9 pounds, while Transformer winners lose an average of 24 pounds.

Outside of this, according to a Wall Street Journal article about DietBet, “90% of [non-winning] players slim down, averaging a 5.4-pound loss.”

In other words, while anywhere between 94% and 96% of users lose weight using DietBet, unless you win the 6-month challenge, it’s likely that you’ll probably only lose a few pounds.

How Will You Lose Weight with DietBet?

When using DietBet, it’s ultimately up to you to decide how you’re going to meet your weight loss goal, whether this involves simple cardio activities such as running or biking, bodyweight exercises in the comfort of your own home, implementing light weights and high repetitions, or enlisting the help of a professional trainer.

In other words, DietBet may provide you with the motivation you need to meet your goal, and the site’s other users can provide additional tips to help get you there, but DietBet will not provide you with any exercises or workout information, similar to sites such as DailyBurn, 20 Minute Body, and Transform You.

Will You Need Extra Equipment Using DietBet?

As we mentioned above, any additional equipment you’ll need will largely depend on how you’ve chosen to meet your weight loss goal.

However, to use the DietBet website and sign up for a challenge, you’ll need a scale (preferably digital), a digital camera or smartphone, and a full-length mirror (or someone to take your photo) for your weigh-ins.

Other “Betting” Weight Loss Options

Finally, keep in mind that when it comes to betting on your weight loss, you have other options from which to choose. This includes websites such as HealthyWage and FatBet.

Are Diet Bet’s Customers Happily Losing Weight?

When searching online for DietBet reviews, most of what we found came from independent bloggers who tried one or more of DietBet’s programs. Overall, most of these bloggers appeared to appreciate DietBet’s unique form of motivation, and claimed that it really did help them lose weight.

On the other hand, most bloggers wondered if DietBet was doing enough to prevent dishonesty. For example, Diet-Blog.com noted that a day after their challenge started, more than 200 people had already reached their goal weight (according to ItsAboutMoreThanTheScale.com, this is because participants will often conduct their initial weigh in at night, which is the heaviest part of the day, and then re-weigh themselves the following morning, which is generally the lightest time of day).

Several bloggers also wondered if DietBet was encouraging healthy, long-lasting weight loss (e.g. 1-2 pounds per week), or if more than a few participants were briefly committing to crash diets in order to win money, but who then return to their normal eating habits and subsequent weight gain afterward.

Finally, as noted by MyFitnessPal and several other blogs, they felt the same factors that provided them with motivation (competition, money) also detracted from enjoying their hard-won weight loss. In other words, “Rather than be happy about a loss of a pound or even a pound and a half, I got down on myself for failing.  Let's be real... under normal circumstances, a 7-pound loss in four weeks would be awesome! But if that had happened to me during my DietBet, I would have been a loser in my game, and I would have been so disappointed in myself.”

Outside of independent blogs, DietBet has also been mentioned on some popular TV programs and in well known publications, such as Today, Wall Street Journal, ABC News, and more. However, most of these were small writeups, and didn’t provide much in-depth information.

DietBet Pricing & Refund Policy

DietBet’s challenges are priced as follows:

  • Kickstarter: $30 average bet amount.
  • Transformer: $25 per month, or $125 paid up front.

According to the company, on average, Kickstarter players won 1.5-2X their original bet, while Transformer winners “get $325 if they win all 6 rounds, or $175 for winning round 6, on average.” DietBet users can participate in up to 3 bets at a time.

After the challenge has ended, the total pot is divided among all winners, less the company’s fees. Your winnings can then be applied to another bet, or cashed out through PayPal. If you choose the latter, keep in mind that PayPal will charge additional fees to have the money transferred to your bank account.

If you cancel your bet within 7 days of signing up, DietBet will provide a full refund. Outside of this however, no refunds are available.

DietBet also provides a No Lose Guarantee that states, “Most winners make money but in the event that your game has an unusually high percentage of winners, we'll forfeit our cut in order to ensure that nobody loses money. So the worst case scenario is that you'll end up losing weight for free, which is still a big win.”

Can DietBet Help You Reach Your Weight Loss Goals?

Chopping to the Point: In short, as long as you’re already armed with effective weight loss tools (e.g. exercises, nutrition, etc.), the motivation provided by DietBet’s competitive environment could probably help you lose weight. And it’s often this motivation we’re missing when attempting to reach our weight loss goals.

However, although some of the featured members on DietBet’s home page appear to have won hundreds (or even thousands) of dollars, keep in mind that even if you do win, your portion of the pot will likely only be a few extra dollars.

Sign Up for HighYa Newsletter

Sign up for HighYa newsletter and get our best content delivered in your inbox as well as 3 free eBooks to help you save money and shop smarter. Enter your email below to get started!


Read 18 DietBet Customer Reviews and Complaints

Write a Review
Average Consumer Rating: 2.5
Rating Snapshot:
5 star: 5 4 star: 1 3 star: 0 2 star: 4 1 star:  8
Showing 1-11 of 18
Sort reviews by:

  • 5 out 14 people found this review helpful

    Scam for me

    • Philadelphia, PA,
    • Mar 22, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    My hope when I joined the DietBet challenge was first to lose weight. I like the carrot and stick approach. Admittedly, like many things I set to do, I tend to procrastinate and put off. I did manage to lose weight every month and tried to keep my number so that I could pull a "Rocky" and work extra hard the last month. Prior to entering the last month of the challenge I received an email from DietBet informing me that I was omitted from the challenge based on the amount of weight that I lost, they wanted to look out for my "safety." You can interpret that however you want, but even if I wasn't able to achieve my goal, I surely would have lost more weight during the last month than any of the others. Thanks for nothing, diet bet. You suck!

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    Help others find the most helpful reviews

    Was this review helpful?

    yes no

  • 9 out 20 people found this review helpful

    Don’t recommend

    • Phoenix, AZ,
    • Jan 8, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    As others have stated, this is a money making scheme. Off the top, they charge $5, and say it’s for using the app...but the app sucks and is literally just a comment section. Now, some games have pots in the $250k and up, with 9k players. With just the admin fee they’re collecting over $40k from people in ONLY ONE GAME. From that $250k they take 25%, which means from this one game, they collect over $100k from people and payout crap. Lastly, you have to get the money in points or PayPal payout? They didn’t make me use PayPal when they took my money, but have to payout through PayPal. Honestly, I won’t ever recommend DietBet to anyone unless they want to pay a company to comment to each other...save your money. Do a DietBet with friends and family or something.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    Help others find the most helpful reviews

    Was this review helpful?

    yes no

  • 5 out 5 people found this review helpful

    Great motivation

    • Germany,
    • Nov 14, 2018
    • Verified Reviewer

    I just finished my first game and it was really motivating. I met the goal I needed to meet.

    During the 28 days of dieting, it was easy to keep motivated because the community in my game was really great, the messages helped a lot to stay on track.

    Submitting my weight has been no problem at all.

    I registered for my second game to help me stay "less of me" during the holidays.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

    Help others find the most helpful reviews

    Was this review helpful?

    yes no

  • 8 out 8 people found this review helpful

    Great motivator

    • California,
    • Oct 8, 2018
    • Verified Reviewer

    This program has really worked for me. I've lost about 35 lbs so far from a few months of doing diet bets. It isn't a lot of money, but you can usually profit about $10-15 on a $35 bet. So you can make about $40 per month if you place the maximum of 3 bets at a time. I found that the higher stake bets aren't worth it, most everyone wins and there's no profit. Anyway, DietBet made me focus on my weight loss goals and pays me a bit, so two thumbs up!

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

    Help others find the most helpful reviews

    Was this review helpful?

    yes no

  • 9 out 33 people found this review helpful

    Not worth it

    • New Hampshire,
    • Sep 7, 2018
    • Verified Reviewer

    I was very excited to join DietBet, especially because it says you will win 1.5-2 times the fee that you pay to join. I did a $35 bet and was super excited when I won! Today I got my payout and it was for $48.40. I feel jipped to say the least. I won a measly $13.40. I do not believe this is worth it, don't waste your money.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    Help others find the most helpful reviews

    Was this review helpful?

    yes no

  • 13 out 19 people found this review helpful

    Nearly impossible to weigh out when you do win

    • Kansas,
    • Jul 28, 2018
    • Verified Reviewer

    I lost the weight. I paid the fees. Now, though, at weigh-out, the app and the interface don't work. I have had to go through support to get my weight verified, AND they've only done it for some of the games. I ONLY knew of this "flaw" because the same thing happened last week, so I lost my money.

    IF you're willing to contact support every time you need something and IF you can manage to find their email, then it's worth it. I WILL NOT ever be associated with this again as they make it impossible to collect when you win. I WILL get my money because I refuse to be a victim a second time, but unless you're willing to cause a scene, you won't see your money back.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    Help others find the most helpful reviews

    Was this review helpful?

    yes no

  • 29 out 31 people found this review helpful

    Great for losing weight

    • Detroit, MI,
    • Apr 24, 2018
    • Verified Reviewer

    I've done several DietBets over the last few years and have everything found them hugely motivating. You don't have to pay the $5 for a membership fee, just remove it from your cart. If you want the highest payout, stick to games in the $30-35 range with the most players. Games that cost a lot to bet ($100+) have lots of winners because no one wants to lose that money, and the more people who win, the less money there is to split. Join the larger games that have over 1000 participants, and you'll lose some weight and make some money. You're not going to be making hundreds of dollars though...be realistic. The goal here is motivating yourself to be healthy, not making money. On average I've made an extra $20 or so in addition to my initial bet. If you're just looking for a way to make cash, this isn't it. It's about weight loss and health.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

    Help others find the most helpful reviews

    Was this review helpful?

    yes no

  • 6 out 8 people found this review helpful

    Motivating and make some pocket change

    • Toronto, Ontario, Canada,
    • Mar 31, 2018
    • Verified Reviewer

    Hi. I tried DietBet a few times and won a few and lost the recent ones. I had a good experience with them. As for admin fee, you don’t need to pay the $5 membership fee, it’s not mandatory and you can just pay the game fee. You can deselect the $5 fee, and it doesn’t go toward the bet. The main thing is that even if you lose the money, you’ve tried and should have also lost some weight. Win-win.

    I have won between $5-15 per a game on top of what I put in. If you wanted the great bang for the buck, I would bet on ones that are between $30-35 as they have winner and losers. The ones with a higher entry can attract a lot of people but tend to have more winners as no one wants to lose $100.

    I have organized a game that starts April 3. It’s called the Easter classic. In addition to the winning, there are additional prizes to be won. The more player there are the more prizes there will be. So come join me.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

    Help others find the most helpful reviews

    Was this review helpful?

    yes no

  • 19 out 28 people found this review helpful

    I won, but lost money.

    I had to pay a $35.00 bet plus a $5.00 administrative fee to start playing. I lost my required weight and won back a whopping $38.18. I PAID THEM to play!

    This is a money making scam. I guess it's an okay system for those that want to pay for accountability and access to a support group, but they market the system as if you actually have a chance to make some money from your efforts and that is NOT the case. The only ones really making any money is DietBet and the game sponsors. On top of the $5 they get from the hundreds of thousands of players, they also get like 25% of each pot, which is a ridiculous amount of money for what the game offers.

    I signed up for a second game a week after my first. At this point, I just hope I break even and get back every dollar I paid so I can be done with them. There are plenty of support systems out there that are free and offer plenty more. Look for one that doesn't want to make money off of you.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    Help others find the most helpful reviews

    Was this review helpful?

    yes no

  • 26 out 27 people found this review helpful

    Cancellation policy not honored

    • California,
    • Jan 8, 2018
    • Verified Reviewer

    I canceled registration via email within the 7-day cancellation period. According to DietBet’s policy, bets are fully refunded as long as you cancel within 7 days. I canceled after 4 days, after encountering a pretty serious technical bug on their website.

    DietBet customer service emailed back acknowledging my cancellation request and said they’d issue me a refund. They never issued the refund, and never responded to my last reply. When I contacted them inquiring about the status of the refund, they claimed they didn’t have a record of it. Even after I forwarded them the entire email thread promising the refund, plus screenshots, nothing.

    It’s a total scam! A dishonest company that doesn’t honor their own policies.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    Help others find the most helpful reviews

    Was this review helpful?

    yes no

  • 35 out 39 people found this review helpful

    Never use DietBet

    • Pleasant Grove, UT,
    • Oct 13, 2017
    • Verified Reviewer

    I was hesitant to start DietBet, but their site gave me some comfort in that they had a "no loss guarantee." This guarantee ensured you'd at least get your initial investment back if you won the DietBet.

    One of the DietBets I signed up for was for charity, and I was happy to support a good cause. After all was said and done, I won, and the amount I won was less than what I paid. Here I am thinking, "I won, why did I not get at least my initial investment back?" Their "no loss guarantee" ensured that.

    So I contacted customer support and chatted with them. They brushed it off saying that some money went to charity. I pointed out that even with the amount that went to charity, there was still enough money for everyone who played to get their money back. And according to the "no loss guarantee," DietBet was supposed to take less of a cut so that everyone was ensured they get their money back. They went to such lengths as to change their website to include an addendum to the "no loss guarantee" that prevented charity events from benefiting from this. They then sent me a link to it in their response to the new updated part of their site which wasn't there hours before, but they tried to pretend that the wording that negated charity events was always there. They did all this just to save a very small amount of money!

    Such terrible customer service and shady behavior! They can't even stand behind their own policy, probably because they've never had to use the policy until now. At any rate, it's just a terrible company, and I will never use their service again, and I suggest you don't either.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    Help others find the most helpful reviews

    Was this review helpful?

    yes no

Showing 1-11 of 18

Write a Review for DietBet!

Share your experience to help others shop smarter & discover great products.

Write a Review