Why Richel Prevo's Grant was Denied
Richel's grant was rejected because she weighed out 5 weeks early.
Applicants are supposed to weigh out on the date of their deadline to demonstrate what they weighed at the time of their deadline.
Deadlines are know many months in advance so it is easy to plan around them.
Applicants cannot weigh out prior to or past their deadline. (Exception: if their deadline is on a weekend or stat holiday then they may have a 1 or 2 day grace period)
The reason for that rule is as follows:
When an applicant applies, they indicate the amount of weight they promise to lose, and the amount of time they need to lose the weight, to a maximum of 18 months.
Henceforth, everyone would automatically ask for 18 months to lose their weight, even if it was just 20 or 25 lbs, if they could just weigh out anytime prior to the 18 months.
By permitting an applicant to only weigh out on their deadline, it compels the applicant to choose a reasonable amount of time to lose their weight because (a) they don't want to wait longer than they need to for their grant payment; and, (b) they don't want to risk putting the weight back on if they then need to wait several months to weigh out.
For example, if someone elects to lose 20 lbs over 18 months, then there is a likelihood that they will lose the 20 lbs in just 4 or 5 months, upon which they do not want to wait over 1 year for their grant. Additionally, they may also put the 20 lbs back on 12 or 14 months later, thereby disqualifying themselves from redeeming the grant.
So it was wise to select a reasonable goal, which is usually suggested as 5 lbs per month.
Our risk factors in determining grant payments are based on a probability of outcomes which take all matters of behavior into account, as well as strict compliance with the rules and a system of incentives (pick a reasonable amount of weight to lose) and disincentives (don't pick too long to lose the weight).