You'd have to be very vocal about the diet, and make sure you tell people who will hold you to it. Not a bad idea.
Akash Jayaprakash had been looking for the motivation to lose weight and get fit when an Internet forum he belonged to, SomethingAwful.com, suggested a way. Pick a specific goal, the forum suggested, and if you don't meet it, punish yourself with something awful. Some forum users chose the punishment of posting embarrassing photos.
"I thought, 'What would really turn my stomach?' Something I really disagree with," he says. "My bet is to lose 10 pounds within two months, and also run a 5k in October. If not, I have to donate $250 to Romney."
Jayaprakash is a registered Democrat who follows politics closely and says he has long been unhappy with the Romney campaign. He is also a Mormon who doesn't like when people assume he'll support Romney.