Can you lose weight faster if someone pays you to do it?

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Researching this article, I learned that losing just 5 to 10 percent of your body weight can decrease your risk of developing obesity-related illnesses; for example, it's estimated that nearly 800,000 Californians could avoid developing type II diabetes by losing just 5 percent of their current weight. While we won't all win $250,000 like Danni Allen, for instance, who lost 121 pounds and won season 14 of "The Biggest Loser," it can pay to try weight-loss incentives -- just beware of weight gain once the rewards go away.

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