Getting Paid to Write and Lose Weight

2-6-2015 10-55-09 PM

Barefoot Writer Henry Bingaman lost nearly 60 pounds thanks to a writing project

Freelance copywriter Henry Bingaman didn’t realize how much weight he’d gained until his pants stopped fitting.

“I bought a scale, I think at Target,” recalls Henry. “I took it home and tried it. It showed 270 pounds – I’m happy around 220. My first thought was ‘it’s broken.’ I even called my parents and said, ‘I think I got a broken scale. Can I check on yours?’”

But the second weigh-in at his parents’ house confirmed it.

Whether it was fate or luck, the next project in his schedule was for a weight loss plan. It was based on the glycemic diet. He’d written health promos – that’s his specialization – before and always believed in the products.

“But this time, I was really motivated to try it,” says Henry, laughing.

As he wrote the copy, he started shedding pounds. Within three months, he had lost 30 pounds. All told, in eight months, he lost 57 pounds. Plus, his promotion mailed – and was a hit. It’s still the control to this day.

And if you’re wondering …

Yes, Henry added himself as a testimonial in the sales letter.

“That’s what I call Glicken. Not just writing a control (with royalties still coming in) … but losing almost 60 pounds in the bargain,” says Henry.



    • The first step is to learn as much as you can about persuasive writing. Then look at weight-loss products or fitness services you’d like to try. See where they have a need – could their website use a rewrite? Do they need sales materials? Connect with them to see where you can help. Then in the course of researching and really studying the product or service, you – like Henry – could enjoy some real benefit! The main thing is to make sure you write about something you believe in or are interested in. You won’t get excited enough to try it for yourself if you’re not keen on it in the first place.

  1. belinda Jackson on

    I am very passionate about weight loss, the products, and helping people lose weight and find a healthy lifestyle. I would love to have the opportunity to write about it as well. will you send me information on how to get started, please.
    thank you.

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