Would You Rather: Instantly Be At Your Ideal Weight Or Have One Million Dollars?

If you are anything like us, you wrestle with important life questions daily.

Like this one.

Picture the scenario if you will: You are granted the ability with no effort or work on your part to instantly be at your ideal weight. Whatever that number is, twitch your nose and blink your eyes Bewitched style and you are it. No more Spanx. Or deciding whether or not it is socially acceptable to go to Parent’s Night at school in yoga pants, as they are the only thing that fits.

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Or…Would this scenario be more enticing for you? What if you could have, with no questions asked and no taxes applied, one million dollars. Immediately. Got some credit card debt? Not anymore. Have been wanting to take a vacation but can’t figure out where your money tree is? Book that luxury cruise, because you are traveling in style this year baby!


Surprisingly, The Dose Girls were split on this question. I know, right? It seemed to so obvious to both of us.

Ashley: Do you even feel like this is a good question? I mean, obviously everyone is going to choose the same answer. Will they even have to think about it at all?

Lisa: Good point. It could still be fun to ask, though. I mean, unless someone is already at their ideal weight, then I guess they’d have to pick the money.

Ashley:Β Wait…WHAT? You think everyone is choosing the weight one? NO WAY. Who is not picking the million dollars?

Lisa: I wouldn’t. One MEELION dollars isn’t what it used to be, Dr. Evil. But think about it..instantly at your ideal weight. No dieting. No exercising. No effort. Just you and your perfect, healthy weight. I’d choose that. I’m not getting any younger. My metabolism is crawling to a halt over here!

Ashley: Well, when you put it like that. I could probably even wear a shirt tucked in again. I don’t think I have done that since the 9th grade. It would be really nice to only have my biggest closet challenge be that I have no fashionable clothes, not that I have no clothes that actually fit. Of course, I could just cry on my million dollar money pile instead.

Lisa:Β Money pile crying does sound awfully comforting now that you mention it.

We agreed right then and there that this question must be presented, because if we were split on it, then probably everyone else would be split, too.

So, tell us in the comments…would you rather instantly be at your ideal weight or have one million dollars? And did you have to think about it? Was it a hard choice in your mind or a total no brainer for you?





Would You Rather: Instantly Be At Your Ideal Weight Or Have One Million Dollars? — 151 Comments

  1. I’d take the money, no question.

    I remember once I had the same weird conversation with my mom about a question like this: would you throw your pet off a cliff for a million dollars. I didn’t even think it was a question as I obviously would, but my mom was shocked because she thought nobody ever would.

    It’s not like I’d do it to a person, but I’m not an animal lover, I guess….

    • I cannot begin to tell you how much your comment has been making us laugh ALL DAY!! Something about it just caught both of us so off guard and every time we talk about it we laugh out loud!
      What would your price to do it to a person?! πŸ˜‰

  2. Given the fact that I sit here weighing more than I’ve ever weighed in my life except when I was pregnant, I’d go with instant ideal weight, but maybe I’d take the million and have plastic surgery. *le sigh*

  3. Finally!…and easy question! At the risk of being hated on, I’m at my ideal weight (because I love to run and work at a gym – sorry!!) so hand over the $$$$$$$!!!!! Now, I’m a horrible cook and hate it as well so if you asked if I would rather have a personal chef for life or 1 million dollars, I would be stuck! Thanks for never disappointing…

    • HA HA HA Allie! Good to know that had we phrased the question differently you would have been stumped! πŸ˜‰

  4. This is an impossible question. Like, “What do you want, more chocolate or more dark chocolate?” or “Twizzlers or Peanut Butter M&Ms?” or “Chocolate cake or German chocolate cake?”


    Maybe I know which one I SHOULD pick after all. πŸ˜‰

  5. Ok, you are right a million doesn’t go as far as it used to, but as for the weight I am so not overweight, but would love the tone back more. However, the real choice that was missing but was eluded to was being able to have the ability like Samantha from Bewitched to twitch anything you want into existence. Now that is a choice I could totally get on board for!! Always loved that show and secretly wished I could do that. So yes if I could do that please, lol!!

    • Cracking up Janine! Didn’t even think about how appealing the Samantha option would be, but it sure would be nice! πŸ™‚

  6. The moola. I’ve spent too much of my life thinking about my weight so I’m just letting that go; bring on the untucked shirts and yoga pants- I now will have the bucks to buy plenty!

    • Such a great point Christie! I could even get fashionable yoga pants…if such a thing even exists! πŸ˜‰

  7. What a question! Well I’m not that far off my ideal weight, so I’d probably say the $$ because then I would probably have more time to concentrate on getting back to my ideal weight and working out more can be fun too. However if you asked me to do something destructive for the money, it’d be no dice. Or if you asked me if I’d rather be happy or rich. Money doesn’t buy happiness — and we only get to live once!

    • Interesting that destroying something is your money limit…is there any amount that you would do something destructive for? And I agree with you about money and happiness! πŸ™‚

  8. {Melinda} Nope … didn’t even have to think about it. I’d take the money … being able to pay off our house, help some people out, splurge a little without guilt. Looking great in a bikini can’t beat that. πŸ™‚

  9. This is a toughie – I am torn between the awesome possibilities of both. I have been on a more health-conscious journey over the past couple of months, so to be magically at my goal would be amazing. In the other hand, I could eventually get there on my own and one million dollars would be nice. I think I am leaning toward the money.

    • It is definitely a question that makes you think! I would go with the money, too, but I would think about it!

  10. Million dollars no question! I’m pretty much at my ideal weight and I feel like I have control over my health. I have financial goals but it seems so much harder to make money like that. I know it is the same daily process, but I see results for one much faster then results from the other.

  11. It’s a no-brainer for me – the money. I’m naturally thin and my metabolism hasn’t crashed…yet. Ask me again in ten years, though. By then my metabolism will have crashed and a million dollars will mean even less.

  12. LOVE the conversation you ladies had about that! I AM TAKING THE MONEY AND RUBBING IT ALL OVER MY CURVY BODY!!!! Seriously, no more debt…beats being a skinny minny.

    • Since we have seen you in real life, you have to choose a different question! πŸ˜‰ Just kidding! πŸ™‚

  13. I’d take the money. As I’ve blogged about recently, I’ve put on a few pounds this year, but if I had that kind of dough, it would be personal trainers and vegan meals delivered to my door every day!

  14. Ppfft. Money. Then I would still not buy a scale to not know what my weight is. But I might join a gym since I’d have more time because that’s what money’s good for… buying time and convenience. Y’all are crazy if you take the weight. πŸ™‚

  15. Would I be guaranteed to stay at my ideal weight for the rest of my life? Then we have a real conundrum. I, like too many women, slip into the bad habit of equating my happiness with how much I weigh and how I look. If I could be skinny for the rest of my life, it may just tip the scales (ha ha pun intended) for me!

    • LOL Brenda! We purposefully left it open-ended for just this reason, because yes, changing the equation just slightly can totally change the answer…ideal weight for the rest of your life is quite tempting, right?! πŸ™‚

    • I was wondering the same thing! I mean, I’d have to say weight if it were guaranteed the rest of my life. Then I could write books revealing all my “weight loss secrets” and make millions because they’d keep buying more thinking they just didn’t follow my instructions correctly. Mwah ha ha.

  16. Dr. Evil, that’s pretty funny Lisa.
    To me the obvious answer is money, then once you have it start losing weight, then you have both. From the responses its a good question.

    • The money seemed like the obvious answer to me, too, so I am surprised how many people are torn about it! πŸ™‚

  17. No question. One million dollars. I know money doesn’t buy happiness, but traveling the world with my family sounds pretty darn good! Plus, I don’t think hitting your ideal weight has anything to do with happiness either. I’m pretty close to my ideal weight, and busting my hump and giving up some of my favorite indulgences so that I can hit a magic number will not make my happier. In fact, it will probably just wear me out and make me downright miserable!

  18. Gotta say, not as easy a choice as you’d think.

    If you take the money, you can not worry about bills for awhile, help some people out, buy those things you’ve been putting off forever, go on that vacation, etc. It is tempting…but it wouldn’t last forever unless you invested, saved, etc.

    If you go with the ideal weight, you gotta keep it off and not be tempted to just eat/do what you liked with abandon…Unless of course the weight loss was permanent no matter what you did. At any rate, you’d be starting at healthy, not struggly to get there.

    All in all, I’d choose the ideal weight, oddly enough, because health is more important to me than financial security. Maybe that’s a bit crazy, but I think it has to do with the fact that I have never had money and can’t even begin to imagine what to do with it and have been happy without it, but I have had ideal health and want to get back there! I’d be happy either way, though, so money or ideal weight would work for me – I wouldn’t argue!

    • You raise some really good points Julie! It is not always cut and dried because there are pros and cons to both! πŸ™‚

  19. The money! That way I can buy all these personal trainers the stars use! I don’t mind working to get at my ideal weight. The working to get to a million dollars though?!? LOL!

  20. OK, before I answer the question, I need to know if there’s a catch with the ideal weight. Would I instantly be at my ideal weight and be able to eat whatever I wanted and never gain a pound? What if my I changed my mind about my ideal weight? Would I always be stuck at that weight?

    Oh heck, I don’t care. Give me the ideal weight! I might be living in a cardboard box, but by golly! I’ll be skinny enough to fit in the box!

    • See, isn’t it interesting when you change the question around a bit…like what if I had said ideal weight or 5 million dollars? Would that have changed your answer?

      • You know what? 5 million would certainly change my answer. Show me the money!

        I’ll roll my chubby body around in piles of cash Scrooge McDuck style and be very happy!

  21. I’ll take the money because I have student loans that are not going to pay for themselves!! And also, I can pay a plastic surgeon to nip and tuck me to where I need to be. Just because I magically have my ideal weight does not mean it will stay that way – I’ll still have to work at it so I’d rather work at it with a few extra dollars in my pocket πŸ˜‰

  22. Show me the money! It’s not a secret that my husband is sick. With the right amount of money I could take him to a doctor who might have s clue. Even with resources like Washington University he isn’t getting the help he needs right now.

    But…could I get it in 1’s so I could take a pic of me laying on it before I start spending it?

    • HA HA HA! How awesome would be it to have a photo laying in a pile of a million dollars! And your reason for needing the money made me tear up.

  23. Take the MONEY!!! Use it for lipo or any other way to get your “perfect body”!!!! An\d use the leftover money to dine on awesomely delicious food!

    I can’t remember when I last tucked my shirt in. Good grief, I stick out in loose ones these days!!! I swear I keep wondering if Jesus is coming back miraculously in my evacuated mother parts – because my belly looks to have a 7-8 month growing fetus in it.

  24. Wow, this is hilarious. Because I’m at a place in my life where a large sum of money would really get me out of a tough place and solve some specific problems, yet I’d take the perfect weight in a heartbeat. Maybe because I’ve never been rich but I *have* been thin, and I know what I’m missing. πŸ™‚

    • Interesting perspective…you know the other side so therefore despite what money could do for you, the ideal weigh is more appealing. Love it!

  25. Hands down the money! I’d pay off the mortgage, and then I would have the freedom to quit my job or do something different. I’d have more time to work out and just live. Yup, I’d have to go with the money. I could do some damage with that, and work on the pounds later. πŸ™‚

    • Having the ability to live mortgage payment free is hugely appealing to me as well…I know someone who is in that situation and she has an awesome life! πŸ˜‰

  26. I am going with the ideal weight – the MONEY I would save on not having to keep multiple sized wardrobes could potentially MAKE me a millionaire!!! ha!

    • Oh my Gosh, right??!! Having to buy clothing of various sizes really does put a dent in the old pocketbook! πŸ˜‰

  27. This is hard. I think I am going to go with the weight thing. Because I think money would make me stupid and bitchy but the weight thing would make me nice and harmonious.

  28. Bring me the money, baby! I’m not at my ideal weight, BTW either. But, with the money, I could buy some new clothes. And yes, I hear you about the metabolism thing…but it could also be that since I blog about food, travel, and tourism….hmmm…that’s a lot of calories.

  29. Easy. One million dollars. While I’m not overly happy with the small amount of weight I’ve gained recently, I know I can do something about it. I’m lucky that my metabolism is still pretty fast.

  30. Oh I would take the money in heartbeat! I wouldn’t care if I was fat if I could afford to go lay by a pool under an umbrella on a tropical island with fruity drinks at my disposal. I could pay someone to tell me I was thin and beautiful! And have clothes tailored to flatter me!! πŸ˜‰

    • Burst out laughing at this one!! Pay someone to tell me I am thin and beautiful is GENIUS!! Love it! πŸ™‚

  31. I had to think of this one and honestly, it is a question that I ask myself a lot. I would have to say that in my situation right now, I would choose the million dollars. Maybe then I could move and not worry so much about how we are going to put Nico through college (surely I’ll be working by the time the rest go). See, I don’t see me having much control over a million dollars falling in my lap but I can control what I eat or whether I exercise (not that it is easy) but maybe I’ll use some of the money for a tummy tuck (I’m sure someone above me said that but I didn’t have a chance to read the comments).

    • Great point about what you can control…I feel the same way about money and inability to get us a million dollars! πŸ˜‰ And sign me up for a tummy tuck! πŸ™‚

  32. I just want to clarify that I would be at my ideal weight FOREVER right? So like if I eat 10 tacos in one sitting, I would digest it and the next day still be skinny? Or I’d have a baby and then after it popped out I’d be super skinny again, right?

    Otherwise I’d take the money. Then I could pay someone to get my lazy ass in shape AND go on vacation.

    • We debated including that part in the question…Lisa said no it was not forever, but I felt like it should be. Hence the open-ended nature…I do feel like it is interesting that adding that factor in changes the answer people are giving! πŸ˜‰

  33. In the wise words of Cuba Gooding Jr. as Rod Tidwell in Jerry McGuire – “SHOW ME THE MUHNAY!!!”

    I mean, yeah, I’d love to be at my ideal weight but $1 million bucks and i’m okay with this extra 20 pounds, thanks. πŸ™‚

  34. You’ll have to tally all of these, because I don’t have time to read 103 comments! But, um, for me… no brainer – the money. Ideal weight? Really? I mean, with $1m clear I could set aside money for my son’s education, put a down payment on a brownstone in Brooklyn and do that safari we’ve been talking about. With my ideal weight I could… look cuter in clothing? Doesn’t seem to even be on the same level to me.

    • Honestly, it is probably fairly split right now…I think there are more take the money people, but it is not a runaway winner…so shocking, right?!

  35. Money, hands-down! I’ve got a weird rare medical thing…on the bad side, my body is in a constant state of falling apart and I live with chronic pain, but on the good side, my metabolism is awesome. I never weighed more than a hundred pounds until I started walking regularly (chronic pain versus a library ten blocks away is a no-brainer) and got some muscle…my first semester at college, I lived on pizza and pasta and soda, and actually lost five pounds.

    • That is every college girl’s dream, but of course having to achieve it because of chronic pain is not fun. πŸ™

  36. Well to me it’s an absolute NO BRAINER!! Weight! Never thought twice and even read all the comments and they didn’t change my mind one little bit. I don’t give a flip about money. Though, if I had back all of the money I have spent on weight loss attempts, I would be close to a million! (That is probably more accurate than I’d like to think about)
    Also, that first comment about throwing the pet off a cliff had me cracking UP!! Hilarious!
    (and, if it were 5 MIL then yes, I would chose the $$)
    Love this! <3 Devan

    • Oh my Gosh, Devan we definitely hear you on spending money on weight loss solutions! Totally!
      Interesting that 5 MIL would entice you…everyone has a price! πŸ˜‰

  37. Such interesting comments! I have to say, I am at my ideal weight already, but I would take the ideal weight over the money (I guess I’m assuming that the question implies you stay at your ideal weight for your lifetime…? maybe I’m reading it wrong). To me, being healthy is the most important thing. If I’m not healthy, I’m not going to be able to do the things I want to do with all of that money. Money buys things which lose their luster. But being at a healthy weight, in my opinion, leaves you happier (physically, psychologically and physiologically).

    Obviously, if it’s just a wham-bam-thank-you-ma’am one time thing, I’m gonna take the money, but if it’s a question of ideal weight forever or 1 mil, I’m taking the ideal weight, not for physical appearance reasons, but for lifestyle reasons.

    Great question! You’ve really sparked some great dialogue.

  38. I think the 1 million would make me look as if I were my ideal weight. How doesn’t look a little more appealing with 1 million dollars? It’s not what it use to be but it’s more than I have. Taking it. Now where do I sign up to get it?

  39. I would take the $1 million dollars, then use some of it on hynotism lessons so I could easily CONVINCE everyone around me that I AM at the ideal weight! Moo-ha-ha!

  40. Think about it this way, if you were already at your ideal weight, would you be able to make a million dollars? NO WAY! But if you were a millionaire, would you be able to get to your ideal weight? HELL YES! Hire a personal trainer, a chef, and you can get to your ideal weight in no time. That’s how the stars do it.

    Show me the money!!!

  41. If I am being honest here (and if I cannot be here on THE DOSE where can I be??!!) I have always disagreed with the phrase “Money cannot make you happy.” Putting all the cards out on the table – I think for the most part it can. πŸ˜‰
    So with that in mind – please see encrypted routing number below:
    27%6GK(*!78 – Thanks!

    • Simply could not agree more with this if I tried…money makes things easier. Period. And when things are easier, I am happier! πŸ™‚

  42. Money, no question. It would buy me the ability to quit the job I hate (and I’d be able to quit worrying about it while I’m not working, so I’d gain peace of mind, too.) With that time I could exercise if I wanted and spend my time doing other things I enjoy. Would I feel better if I were my ideal weight? I’m going to say probably not because I’d still have to work and would still be stuck trading my time for money, so while I may look better I certainly wouldn’t feel better. I don’t want a vacation or diamonds or a mansion…I want time.

    • Good way of looking at it Stephanie…money can absolutely afford the luxury of not working at a job we hate just to have a job!

  43. I’d take the money without hesitation! I’m not THAT far from my ideal weight. If the question was about health then I may answer differently. The decision between health of myself and other half or a million dollars – health FTW!

  44. I’d take the money. Hands down! Just think about all the personal training you could afford with all that $. I guess one could eat a lot of cake with the money too, but it would taste so good!

    • Good thinking Daisy…and definitely make the trainer gorgeous, because that is even more motivating! πŸ™‚

  45. I would take the ideal weight if and only if it came with no stretch marks and sagging flesh left behind. My first thought was take the money and get a trainer but the idea of instant success is so tempting. I can always buy a Lotto ticket, but I can’t buy a ticket to guaranteed success of weight loss.

  46. I read almost all of the comments, and I appear to be in the minority here. I would be the one to choose the weight. I’m sure. It’s been a battle my entire life. Money is awesome, but I’d love to get to the point where my weight is right for me because then I’d be healthier and without good health that money means zilch, in my opinion.

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