“The Biggest Loser” Contestants Struggle with Slower Metabolism

"The Biggest Loser"

Losing weight is often one of the most challenging experiences in a person’s life, if they are lucky. It is a very difficult endeavor, as it requires abandoning instincts, learning discipline, getting used to a whole new set of rules, having a totally different schedule, and most importantly a change of mentality.

These things are very difficult to achieve on one’s own, so this is why people go to the gym with friends, take classes, and try our different group activities. But if you have the chance to make money while you’re at it, and even achieve a certain level of fame, you might as well go for that.

That is the common mentality of most participants in “The Biggest Loser”. Plus, the promise of having experts help you lose all that unwanted and bothersome weight is a big attraction for anyone looking for a quick way, perhaps even a way to cheat and still drop those pounds.

But it turns out that losing so much weight in such a short amount is not all healthy for the body, at least according to new findings. According to a new study published in the journal Obesity, “The Biggest Loser” contestants struggle with slower metabolism. And that is not good for anybody involved.

As soon as the show’s higher-ups found out about the study, a public statement was issued. It claimed that:

We have comprehensive procedures and support systems in place which we routinely re-evaluate to ensure all contestants receive the best care possible. The lead medical doctor on the show, who has worked with the National Institutes of Health on initiatives in the past relating to “The Biggest Loser” has been made aware of this most recent study and is in the process of evaluating its findings.

So what exactly is the issue that might put a stop to the show that’s been running for twelve years? Well, a team of researchers followed a bunch of fourteen participants from the show’s eighth season around for six years. The results are very unpleasant, and might spell an end to the long-running show.

It turns out that losing such a huge amount of weight in such a short amount of time wreaks havoc on the body, greatly diminishing the participants’ metabolisms. This is why most former contestants regain the weight quickly after the show simply because the level of training is purely unsustainable.

From the sample of fourteen participants, only one managed to stay anywhere near the weight they reached by the end of the season. And it had nothing to do with carelessness, gluttony, or lack of discipline. It’s just that all that intense exercise permanently ruined these people’s metabolism, causing to process between 500 and 800 calories less than a person their weight should be able to.

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