WayBetter: Real weight loss 17+

The fun way to lose weight

WayBetter Inc.

Designed for iPhone

    • 4.7 • 2.4K Ratings
    • Free
    • Offers In-App Purchases

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Welcome to the WayBetter App, a different and fun way to lose weight.

Say good-bye to fad diet plans and quick fixes. You might lose weight fast, but it doesn’t last.

Our WayBetter Way of managing your weight is based on behavioral science and it works! It’s all about turning hard work into fun.

You’ll play in social games that last 2-6 weeks and motivate you to make small and sustainable changes, without turning your life upside down.

We offer dozens of group games starting every week, led by expert coaches.

WayBetter games support long-term weight management by:
Motivating you to build new healthy eating and exercise habits
Helping you stay accountable to sticking to your new habits
Providing you with a supportive community - our games are social!

When you join as a WayBetter Member we’ll set you up for success with:
A personalized weight-loss plan (“My Plan”)
Our science-backed “WayBetter Way” Motivation Boosters
Games starting every week in nutrition, fitness, and mindset
Coaches who share expert tips and motivation
A supportive community and “inspiration feed” to inspire you, featuring our members and coaches
Real accountability through our proprietary in-game verification methods
Heart rate and step-tracking integrations

WayBetter has partnered with scientists from universities to publish our results in peer-reviewed journals. We have also received a $1 million grant from the U.S National Institutes of Health to keep building on our unique system.

What really makes WayBetter special are our proprietary Motivation Boosters! Behavioral scientists call them “commitment contracts.” Decades of studies show they work!

When you join a game, you’ll have a choice of Motivation Boosters:

Financial Commitment
WayBetter’s original Motivation Booster! You’ll put a little of your own money into the game’s “pot” at the start. At the end, if you’ve completed all the game activities, you’re a winner! You get all your money back plus a small profit. The profit comes from the players who didn’t complete the game. Their money is split equally among all the winners. WayBetter doesn’t keep any of it!

Our data shows that players who put their money on the line are 5x more likely to succeed in achieving the game’s goal. Over a million people have already done it and to encourage you to try it, we’ll give you the money to cover your first game!

While there’s money on the line, it’s never about the money. It’s about getting you to invest in your health, build momentum and confidence, and stick to your commitments. For any lawyers reading, we’ll add that winning in our games involves no element of chance and nothing outside your direct control. Winning is a result of your hard work, not luck.

Accountability Partners
Prefer not to motivate yourself with money? No problem! You can invite friends and family to track your progress and cheer you on! It’s free and easy for them.

We’re working on adding even more Motivation Booster options!

We’re proud of our members and our system!
18 million pounds of weight lost by our members and counting
20+ games available weekly
Expert coaches who will help you along your journey
Over 1 million people have played our games!

Play in up to 10 games at once to create your custom weight-loss plan!
Current game offerings include (we’re always adding more!):

Food tracking, healthy food swaps, mindful eating, staying hydrated, meal planning, and more!

Walking, running, cardio exercise, strength training and weight lifting, bodyweight exercises, yoga, stretching, and more!

Finding motivation, reading, sleep tracking, addressing negative self-talk and other weight-loss blockers, and more!

WayBetter’s unique weight management program has been featured in the New York Times, ABC News, People Magazine, and more.

Ready for a WayBetter Way to manage your weight?

Terms of use: https://waybetter.com/terms

This app integrates with Apple’s health app.

What’s New

Version 42.0.3

Awesome app updates are in! Enjoy more ways to stay motivated and crush your goals.

Check it out:

-Meet Motivation Boosters! Choose how you want to stay motivated and accountable through the finish line. Invite an accountability partner to help keep you on track. Or, opt for a small financial commitment so you have skin in the game. Complete the game and win your money back (and more).
-Overall game enhancements to make the joining games clearer and more fun. Woo!

Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
2.4K Ratings

2.4K Ratings

TechGuyWY ,

Put some skin in the game...Invest in yourself!

Wow. What a great idea! Turn weight loss into a game! I realize that the whole idea of making it a "competition" isn't for everyone, but it's more about finding that motivation, and knowing you're doing it with a whole community of people along side you!

It's not a "win" or "lose", but it's extremely satisfying to get a few extra bucks in your pocket after successfully completing one of the challenges! The challenges can be pretty easy (drinking a glass of water a day), somewhere in the middle (journaling 3x/wk), or far more difficult (getting in a certain number of daily steps based on your average, then slowly increasing it).

Just sign up already! You won't regret it! Oh...and if you don't feel like spending money to enter each challenge? You can always just tag a friend as an accountability partner...You just won't be in for any of the cash rewards from the pot at the end.

Xdjgksnajeifnfntot ,

Thinly veiled gambling

I thought I was joining a healthy eating challenge and paid $10 for what I believed would be an engaging and motivating experience and upon downloading and opening the app at the beginning of the challenge I was prompted to gamble with my own money by betting $20 against myself for completing the challenge and sharing the pool of money other users gambled with. Since I didn’t opt to gamble, at the end of the challenge I was declared a “winner” but offered no reward. With over 400 participants and a pool of less than $4000, had we all “won” our takeaway would have been less than $10 so you would essentially be at a loss from the $30 you had already paid out of pocket. I found this whole business model tacky and misleading. Not to mention the poor user experience offered. Each time you log into the app, to view the challenge you participated in requires additional clicks to navigate there. You don’t open the app and arrive at your own challenge feed. Instead there is a feed of all the other challenges happening and if you try to click to read more of the posts that appear you are prompted to pay even more money to become a member and ultimately to join and gamble on those challenges too. Unless gambling is your thing, I’d recommend avoiding this app.

Developer Response ,

Hi there. We'd like to offer some clarification. Our apps are NOT gambling, gambling involves games of chance. For our games, the outcome is 100% up to the player - as long as you meet your goals and show verification, you win. So there is no game of chance with our apps :) All players who reach their goal and place a bet on themselves will share in their cut of the pot. As for the math you referenced, it is incorrect. The $10 was a one-time join fee (because you chose to not join membership), and the optional $20 is what goes into the pot. The pot is then split 100% between all players who accomplish their goals and placed a bet, their take away would be at least $20 if not more, depending on how many players won/did not win.

If you'd like to discuss your thoughts and account further please reach out to us at support@waybetter.com

Dust sculpture ,

Great incentives to do what you should be doing anyway!

It’s funny how we often don’t do the things we should do, or DO do the things we shouldn’t do. Just establishing good habits or breaking bad ones should be their own reward - but alas it is part of the human condition that we self destruct (either actively or passively).

Why this silly app with admittedly small rewards is so powerful is that you want to win real money, prizes, and bragging rights. You don’t want to “go it alone”. Now you don’t have to.

Then something amazing happens - the real reward of a changed life starts becoming more tangible and it changes everything. And once you have victory in one are of life, your confidence grows and you’re hooked on self improvement. You discover that one little goal at a time, you can literally do anything.

App Privacy

The developer, WayBetter Inc., indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

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