Isaac Robertson
Published by Isaac Robertson
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Here at Total Shape, we are committed to helping the public live their best lives by feeling healthier and happier. One thing we’re aware might be making people unhappy right is the dreaded ‘Quarantine 15’ where months in lockdown trying to stay safe has perhaps started to take its toll on the waistline.

Well we’ve decided to help people change that, if they want to. We’re looking for four candidates to help us to test four of the latest and most popular diet and fitness regimes for weight loss - we’ll even pay each person up to $13,000 (£10,000) on top of the weight they’ll lose.

The lucky candidates will be asked to publicly track their journey in daily blogs, video diaries and social media posts across a minimum of three months. They must also be happy to submit photographs, their verified weight recordings and measurements on a daily basis.

According to the CDC, four in ten (40%) of Americans are classed as obese, and at least a fifth (20%) of adults are obese in all 50 states. Three quarters (76%) claiming sheltering in place has left them 16lbs heavier*.

Brits have also found themselves in a similar position with around half of Brits (48%) have reportedly gained weight during periods of self-isolation and lockdown**, with nearly two in ten (16%) of Brits gaining five pounds or more in the first six weeks of self-isolation.

Candidates need to be based in the US or UK, aged over 21 or 18 (respective of country) and have a BMI of 30+ with no known pre-existing health conditions.

Successful candidates from America should expect to receive a guaranteed salary of $8000 with the potential to earn $5,000 in milestone bonuses. British participants will receive £6,000 and up to an additional £4,000 in bonuses.

If lockdown has you feeling like you could do with getting back into shape, then you can apply here:

 

 

*https://www.foxbusiness.com/lifestyle/coronavirus-weight-gain-76-americans-nutrisystem

**King’s College London and Ipsos MORI survey of 2,254 people (2020)

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  • Thanks for this article! But Isaac, if you’re going to pick between noom vs weight watchers, what would you choose for your own lifestyle? What app is better for weight loss?

    • Hi Lisa! I will choose Noom because of its better calorie tracking and coaching features. It’s also easy to use and cost effective. This app is focused to help you in your weight loss journey!

  • I was a member of another program for a few years and got down to my goal weight. But things suddenly changed. They started changing their program too many times until it confused the hell out of me. One day I decided not to stay a member. They missed the mark when they decided that certain foods would be zero points even though they are not; a zero point orange actually must have a point, right? But the zero points makes you think it will have no impact on your goal. Nevertheless, with this words from Isaac. I was totally convinced that my decision before was correct. I will now switch to this app and start rebuilding myself. Thanks you, Isaac!

  • A subscription model app to help lose weight seems ridiculous and a great way to bleed people dry who are unable to take responsibility for what they put in their mouths. While tracking and awareness provided by this app can help, an app won’t do squat if you are not committed to changing your behavior. Lack of long term/permanent behavior changes cannot be fixed by an app, but it will provide the failed weight loss person with something other than themselves to blame for failure. I’ve been there. I’ve had and maintained very significant weight loss for 25 years so I do have some idea what I am talking about. But I definitely agree with Isaac on this one. I will want you guys to try the mobile app out. Let us know what you have experienced with these programs

  • I like the flexibility of phone and computer accessibilities of the two programs. The previous program I had mainly because of the group meetings, leader encouragement and member interaction with ideas. To be honest, I love using this new program on their mobile app for tracking. My main dislike of the previous program is not knowing my total daily intake of food contents at a glance. A point that this program emphasizes doesn’t educate me. So I sort of left it and joined this new program with their mobile app. Slowly losing, so for me it’s working. Will keep you updated Isaac.

  • Thank you so much Isaac for taking the time to compare these two programs which everyone is debating on. In my experience, I have been a member of one of the two programs for several years. I did great and lost a lot of weight, but then they changed the program without asking if you were interested in changing to a different version of the plan which kinda sucks. I have not had very good luck staying on the new version of the program. Now I have gained weight on a vacation. I have thought about giving this other program with the mobile app a try, but I am so glad that I read the information that you have posted before subscribing to it. I only have a flip phone, and have no desire to have a smart phone… But due to your thoughts, I am willing to buy a smart phone just for this mobile app. Thank you so much for outlining how this mobile app works!

  • Thanks for sharing your well-thought-out assessment and comparison of the two programs. I tried the mobile app program. But I found the app-only aspect to be a big negative. While I was excited to try something new and was encouraged by the concept of a coach, I wasn’t able to successfully navigate the app on the small screen of my phone. I quit after three days when my frustration level regarding the technology aspect just overwhelmed me. I would have been more interested had they offered a format I could have used on my laptop with a larger screen. I am 63 years old. Perhaps, I do not fit the mobile app profile of happy app users as it is difficult for me for my age. Nonetheless, thanks again for your great comparison, Sir Robertson. Hoping to find the program that best fits me.

  • I started signing up for the mobile app in summer of 2019 and lost the a handful of weight. I struggled for years to get rid of but with patience. I found the app very smart at helping to uncover the reasons and triggers that drive mindless eating. But you won’t reach that understanding in a week. I was motivated to take the time to lose the weight slowly and did so in about three months. The daily interactive discussions are well-written, clever and engaging and as you get further into the app, require more thought and participation to find out what makes you tick when it comes to food. You start out stating clear goals about what you want to change in your relationship to food. I have also had epiphanies about other aspects of my life that have been borne of these daily discussions. Aside from this app, I had another program I ever had success with losing my extra kilos. However, I think this mobile app is even smarter and more effective compared to the other program I had. As a matter of fact, it also turns out to be cheaper than the other capitalist program. After years of going in and out of that expensive program, I found the meetings stale and mostly a gab session of people sharing tips about the latest pre-packaged products sold by the program and how many points they were. On the other hand, this mobile app focused me on adding much more green food into my already healthy food plan. I am a huge fan of this mobile app. Thanks Isaac. I totally agree with you on this one!

  • I was a chronic participant of the older program, and I lose and gain. I join and quit. I can’t stick with the program because they change annually. They say they change, but it’s relearning over and over. They were inconsistent which made me inconsistent in return. For good, I stopped all at once and rested for a while. Then, I decided to try the new mobile app after finding out your overview about it. I fell in love with it. I totally loved it. I loved the daily tools – they were whimsical and kept my attention. Also, the coaches were great and the group I was assigned to were from all walks of life. This was daily, so it did keep me more on track. I was able to convince my wife and we will be nerds together for this app.

  • Hi, thanks for your insight Isaac. I joined the program for over 25 years and though it did work I always went back to eating again and gained weight. Thus the 25 years wasted!! My daughter has lost over 50+ pounds while using the mobile app and she loves it. As jealous of her, I am trying it now and love it as well. I feel it really teaches you better choices in food and their system really works. Change your way of thinking about food really makes a huge difference. This is what I learned after joining the mobile app.