Five Things You Should Know About “The Biggest Loser”.
There have been fridges full of controversy of late about “The Biggest Loser”. In Australia, we have our own ever-evolving series and we also get to see the one from the States.
The latest big news concerns this series’ American winner Rachel Frederickson who lost 60% of her body weight or 155 pounds (70.6kgs). She was so thin upon winning the show that there are claims she was anorexic.
In an interview with People Magazine she claims she may have gone too far. But working out for six hours a day and only consuming a diet of 1600 calories per day diet will do that!
This then led to the once Australian host, Ajay Rochester, giving an interview on a local Sydney station yesterday about what she learnt on the Australian version of “The Biggest Loser”
Here are some things you should know:
1. What is quoted as a week of weight loss can actually be up to four weeks. It is absolutely unviable to expect to lose 10 kgs in one week and still be healthy. A healthy maintainable weight loss as we all know is 1-2kgs.
2. Some prior contestants and winners imbibed tea tree oil to help them throw up. This is dangerous on so many levels, particularly for your liver.
3. Some people got to such lengths to win that purposely dehydrate themselves to the point of needing to be on a drip just before the show films.
4. One contestant in the US stated that the trainers told them to go against doctors advice for blood pressure to help them lose weight because the drug would mean they retained fluid.
5. Some contestants consequently develop an eating disorder once they leave the show.
So, the shrinking waist line is really the bank bottom line. They will do whatever it takes to make great television. You don’t need a show like “The Biggest Loser” to lose weight. You just need realistic expectations of yourself, commitment to doing the hard yards emotionally, physically and nutritionally. It is hard. There are no easy paths, but you can do it.
Shows like “The Biggest Loser” has an opportunity to inspire people to really lose weight and keep it off, but they need to get real if they want to maintain audiences and gain any semblance of credibility.
What do you think?
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