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    Pitfalls of Biggest Loser Dieting

    The popular reality television series, The Biggest Loser, was a trial in extreme weight loss. Spanning sixteen seasons and giving Americans weight loss hope in the form of workout videos, exercise equipment, resorts, and cookbooks, this phenomenon seemed to work for morbidly obese individuals. Through determination and low caloric intake, these contestants were able to successfully lose a tremendous amount of weight. To most Americans, they were heroes: people who turned their lives around and experienced a positive outcome. The backstory is a little more sobering, however. It seems the intense more-calories-out-than-in lifestyle of The Biggest Loser was not without its consequences. Read the information below to determine the biggest problems with The Biggest Loser, and then read about the Orlando weight loss program at Svelte that will keep off the pounds you worked so hard to lose.

    With more than a decade of data, it is now easier to justify the likelihood of a contestant of The Biggest Loser, or anyone else interested in hard-core training to lose weight, to retain the same weight several years down the road. The peer-reviewed study tracked 14 of the 16 original contestants from The Biggest Loser’s 2009 season. Contestants were burning more than 8,000 calories and exercising 7+ hours every day, eventually removing, in some cases, in excess of 50% of their total body weight. This regimen obviously is difficult to uphold, and contestants found it nearly impossible to maintain the “finishing” weight at the end of their stay at The Biggest Loser ranch. What made the weight creep back as it did for so many of the contestants?

    Your body finds a weight it likes based on genetics, diet, and exercise – whether you approve of that weight or not – and tries mightily to maintain that specific weight, even if you eat more, exercise more, sleep less, etc. On average, contestants on The Biggest Loser lost 128 pounds while being televised, and have since gained back approximately 90 of those pounds each, not because their excruciating workouts ceased to be an integral part of their day, but because of a phenomenon known as “persistent metabolic adaptation”. This adaptation slows your metabolism when you significantly increase the amount you exercise or decrease the amount you eat, meaning you become much less efficient at burning calories and more likely to store unwanted pounds.

    At the beginning of each season, contestants’ resting metabolic rate (RMR) – the amount of calories burned each day simply to maintain normal functionality – was 2,607 calories on average. The same measure at the close of the season dropped to 1,996 calories. Their bodies needed fewer calories because the long workouts and low caloric intake broke through the persistent metabolic adaptation barrier and changed it. Possibly forever.

    The study concluded that while long hours working out and severe caloric restriction may show a tremendous weight loss over a short period of time, it is a very poor long-term weight-loss strategy. Aim higher for your long-term goals: choose a weight-loss program proven to drop excess weight and keep it off, such as the program at the Orlando weight loss clinic, Svelte. Our trained staff will work with you to determine the correct strategy to assist in your weight loss goals. Call Svelte today at 407-804-5200, and browse our website for weight loss, diet, and exercise information to keep you on track.

    Susie Bragg

    Dr. Richard and Susie Bragg have been committed to bringing our proven system of medical weight loss to Orlando, Florida and the surrounding area for well over a decade. With a 90% success rate, we believe Svelte MD is the best way to lose weight fast and keep it off forever. We have a plan that fits every person, regardless of medical background or age. Get on board with us and discover a new, fabulous you!