People who have piled on the pounds during the coronavirus restrictions are being offered the chance to be paid while they get rid of any “lockdown love handles.”
Online health and fitness platform, TotalShape.com, is looking to test the effectiveness of the most popular diet and fitness regimes by recruiting four people to lose any weight gained while they were in lockdown – publishing the results after 12 weeks.
Around half of Britons (48 per cent) have reportedly gained weight during periods of self-isolation and lockdown, with 16 per cent putting on five pounds or more in the first six weeks.
TotalShape.com has pledged to pay each successful applicant up to £10,000 in a bid to prove the quickest and safest ways to lose post-lockdown weight.
Each candidate will test a different popular weight loss method, including calorie counting, the KETO diet, strength training, and increased NEAT (non exercise activity thermogenesis – where basic activity levels are increased outside of exercise).
Candidates must be over 18, live in the UK, and have a BMI 30+ with no known pre-existing health conditions. The role is for a minimum of three months and a guaranteed salary of £6,000 with an additional £4,000 available in milestone bonuses.
The four participants must publicly track their progress in a series of video diaries, blogs, and social media posts and be willing to submit regular photos, measurements and weight readings.
Tyler Sellers, fitness coach at TotalShape.com, said: “This pandemic has changed people’s lives in ways we would never have imagined.
“With gyms closing for months, to not being able to leave you home for weeks on end, it makes sense that even normally fit and healthy people will have struggled with unintentional weight gain since March.
“Ensuring the tools for a healthy lifestyle are accessible to everyone is something that we are passionate about at TotalShape.com. Obesity has been an issue even before the pandemic, now some people may feel a little lost about how to tackle those lockdown love handles.
“We know there’s a lot we can do to support people in their new weight loss journeys safely and effectively and we’re excited to get the first applications in.”
Members of the public can apply to take part in the challenge here.