While making bets with your buddies on who can lose the most weight has been around forever, putting some cash at stake is definitely a new twist. Yesterday, the New York Times Health section ran an article on this latest diet trend, friends and coworkers setting wagers on who can lose the most weight.

Though money is a powerful motivator, I wonder how motivated a person stays once they win the money? If we look at the Biggest Loser as a larger than life example (excuse the pun), the maintenance of the weight loss has not been sustained by all of the Biggest Loser past winners.

Healthy competition and money are both powerful motivators, and I am all for anything that can help someone improve their health, so with that in mind, here’s a diet tip for those of you Competitively Dieting:

When you feel a hunger pang (or boredom) and you are tempted to grab that candy bar in the drawer that you hid from yourself, don’t just give in right away! Instead, put on a tooth whitening strip. You might be wondering, how is a tooth whitening strip going to make me less hungry? Well, the truth is it isn’t going to make you less hungry, but, it is going to force you to hit the pause button on your hunger. Once you apply a whitestrip, you can’t eat or drink anything for 30 minutes. In 30 minutes, if you are still hungry, you truly were hungry and can choose a healthy snack. If the hungry feeling passed, that’s fine too. Either way, you will have even whiter teeth to go with your slim new figure. And, hopefully, well on your way to winning the office weight loss competition.