A research proves that the former contestants of the show Biggest Loser are unable to maintain their weight loss over a longer period of time.
It’s hopeful, motivational and not permanent. The Biggest Loser helps people with obesity to lose weight rapidly and get more in shape with great incentives especially the weight loss that the contestants have during the show. The person with the most weight loss among his or her rivals win the show and we get to see a great story on TV about some of the best weight loss stories ever. What we don’t know is what happens after?
One has to wonder what happened to all the contestants that lost weight on the show and how they are keeping that weight maintained. A research project has followed the lives of the contestants on the show including Danny Cahill, who won the show prior to the show’s end.
In a longitudinal study of six years, researchers found out that thirteen of the fourteen of the contestants that they were monitoring regained some of the weight back, and four of those gained back what they had lost and more while only one Erinn Egbert, who shed her weight from a great 263 lbs. to about 176 lbs. on the show, has managed to keep her weight loss consistent and lesser between 152 lbs. and 157 lbs.
The explanation for the failure to maintain lost weight is its non-sustainability. The researchers explained that when the contestants start on the show, they have normal resting metabolism.
After the diet and exercise regimen they go through to lose weight on the show, their metabolism reduces significantly and doesn’t recover and they are unable to shed calories fast enough according to their body needs. The calories accumulate in their bodies causing weigh gain after the show.