# Simple Math

Every registered person who loses at least 5% of their registered starting weight will become eligible for our Grand Prize drawings, but what is your 5%?  Someone who registers a starting weight of 200 pounds would earn one entry by losing 10 pounds, or 5% of their starting weight.  Guarantee your entry by losing an extra pound.

Your percentage of weight loss will be calculated by subtracting your final weight from your starting weight, and then divide that total by your starting weight.

Our Eligibility Formula for a 200-lb person  = ( 200 – 190 ) = 10.  Next, the formula is [ 10 / 200 ] = 5%.

There is a simpler way to calculate your 5% (without even using a calculator).  Take the first 2 numbers of your weight (to the left of the decimal point) and divide that number by 2.  That is 5% of your current weight.  Then add “1”.

This formula works because most people’s weight have three numbers before the decimal point and dividing by 10 means you move the decimal point to the left.

Our Simpler Eligibility Formula for a 348-lb person = 34 / 2 = 17 pounds + 1 pound = 18 pounds

This 348-lb person would mathematically earn an entry by losing 17.4 pounds.  We advise all entrants to “Round-Up” and create a goal that is one pound more than your 5% target.  A 162-lb person would need to lost at least 8.1 pounds (or 9 pounds) while a 278-lb person would need to lose at least 13.9 pounds (or 14 pounds).

Go ahead and use this math trick to learn the 5% of your starting weight.