Want to Lose Weight this Year? You Bet. Economist Richard McKenzie says that when it comes to New Year's weight-loss resolutions, talk is cheap. If you really want to shed pounds in 2008, put a sizable wager on it. McKenzie discusses his op-ed "Dieting for Dollars," in the Wall Street Journal, and how — with $500 at stake — he lost 14 pounds in 10 weeks.
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Want to Lose Weight this Year? You Bet.

Want to Lose Weight this Year? You Bet.

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Economist Richard McKenzie says that when it comes to New Years weight loss resolutions, talk is cheap — if you really want to shed pounds in 2008, put a sizable wager on it. McKenzie discusses his op-ed in the Wall Street Journal, "Dieting for Dollars," and how — with $500 at stake — he lost 14 lbs in 10 weeks.