The Biggest Loser. It is the classic fairy tale story of transformation and living happily ever after, and it is fascinating to watch. But former contestant Kai Hibbard is speaking out about the show’s troublesome weight loss tactics.
For 16 seasons, 700 million viewers a week have been tuning in to root for their favorite “Losers.” They do killer exercise routines while struggling with very low-calorie diets. It seems miserable, but it is seductive to think that if you had some weight to lose, you could do it that way.
You might even know someone who auditioned for the show, along with 200,000 people each year. They probably explained to you that “If I could get on the show I could finally lose weight.” But when they were not called back, many of them continued the same eating patterns as if they were still waiting for the show’s fairy godmother to arrive…
Theoretically, weight loss might be easier if we were sequestered away from temptations and watched over by trainers who push you to your limit. But is this going to help you when you get back to real life? As you watch the show, it is easy to guess that the contestants are by no means on a spa weight loss vacation. And certainly, contestants who sign up to be on the show know this too.
Kai Hibbard says that the 5-8 hours of exercise each day was too much, “My feet were bleeding through my shoes for the first three weeks.” She further explains why she is sharing the show’s secrets: “There’s a moral and ethical question here when you take people who are morbidly obese and work them out to the point where they vomit.”
Surprisingly, Kai also describes the “Trainer Approved” grocery lists as being filled with “Frankenfoods” — highly processed foods from sponsors trying to get their brand on national TV. The foods provide little nutritional value to support the show’s intense workouts. This is a far cry from Personal Trainer Food, and is probably a major reason why most all contestants gain all their weight back. There is no question: over-exercising while starving yourself on empty calories is a recipe for disaster.
Aside from the questionable weight loss methods, what really is the problem with watching the Biggest Loser? The answer: when people watch the show, they get the idea that losing weight has to be a painful, punishing and tasteless process.
Losing weight is as easy as choosing the right foods, creating simple habits and walking at least 2,000 steps every day. That is how you win the fat loss game!
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