April 25, 2010
A history about “The Biggest Loser Show” and why almost all of the people in the show never seem to keep the weight off after the show.
The Biggest Loser is a very popular television show in America.
This show awards contestants who loose maximum weight during a stipulated period.
This show has been a mainstay program in the NBC channel schedule.
The Biggest Loser show started in October 2004.
We all witnessed the contestants lost their weight very quickly under the guidance of their trainer.
This was enough to hook the attention of the viewers.
The incredible results amazed people and the popularity of the show spread like jungle fire.
The show, in its run over the years, has set some benchmarks.
Some such bench mark includes most weight lost in a week and fastest 100-pound weight lost.
However, the show has elicited adverse remarks from nutritionists and physicians.
They believe such methods of weight loss can be counter productive and at times maybe even fatal.
The question everyone wants to know is “is the weight loss permanent.
Some contestants from the first few seasons have a lot of interesting statistics to share with us.
Let’s study the case of Ryan, the season one winner.
When he came to the show he weighed 330 pounds. After competing in the show he lost 122 pounds, which was about 36.97% of his body weight. But soon after the show Ryan gained back all the weight he lost on the show. This is because the show taught him nothing about exercise and nutrition. He regained weight at an alarming rate – 32 pounds within 5 days of leaving the show.
Benson is actually considered a success for still keeping 30 pounds off for over a year. According to the National Weight Control Registry, “only a fifth of dieters with a history of obesity sustain a loss of 10% of their body weight for a year or more.”
He claims that as soon as the show was over, he regained “32 pounds in 5 days simply by drinking water.” This is incredible and points to the fact that when any person loses weight rapidly, (faster than 1-2 pounds a week) normally the weight loss is mostly due to water loss.
Where is Kelly Minner Now?
One former participant who is still losing weight after losing the show is Kelly Minner.
The first-season runner-up went from “242 lbs. to 163 lbs. by the finale and now weighs 140 lbs.”
How does she maintain her weight loss?
She exercises 6 days a week for 1 to 4 hours a day. I agree that exercise is definitely paramount to maintaining weight loss, but for the average person, exercising for 4 hours a day is just unrealistic.
With this kind of high exercise volume, I would also worry about the high risk for injuries that could end up stopping exercise altogether.
Kelly Mac, another participant, gained 9 pounds since the Season 1 finale. And now weighs 160 pounds.
Likewise Season 2 winner Matt Hoover who lost 160 pounds gained back 30 pounds when he appeared in the special.
In season 3 the winner, Brian’s weight came down from 308 pounds to 156 pounds. Brian soon regained 47 of the 156 pounds he lost.
Other participants of that season who regained weight were Pam and Wylie. They regained 8 and 32 pounds respectively.
Jim who lost 186 pounds in season 4 regained 40 pounds.
Twins on the Show
Sam Rouen, lost just over 157 pounds last year on the hit NBCshow. He regained 11 of those pounds when as soon as he returned home but with a regimed diet & exercise is back on track. He has enrolled back int University and is right on track! To read more on Sam and his Success Click here
Why do most contestants of the show regain weight?
The main reason is that such programs adopt unrealistic and unhealthy ways of losing weight.
Most of the participants are made to undergo inappropriate exercises.
The technique of losing weight requires a natural environment.
Instead of losing weight in gradual progression the TV show encourages participants to adopt an aggressive approach – as if their world would come to an abrupt end. Not making ones body fit enough to progress to the next level of exercises, encourages the condition of over-weight to relapse. Most importantly, money cannot be a motivation to lose weight. Those who lose weight because of greed will gain it back sooner than later.
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Dr. Saman Bakhtiar is weight loss and fitness expert.
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