Is The Biggest Loser a big fat joke?
Well, I’m going to attempt to answer that question by looking as some of the results from past contestants of this super-popular-weight-loss-show that has taken America, the U.K. and Australia by storm. You now have franchise like The Biggest Loser U.S.A., The Biggest Loser Australia and The Biggest Loser U.K. and who knows which other countries are lined up for a fat reduction?
DoesThe Biggest Loserteach contestants how to make permanent lifestyle changes in their lives?
When it comes to teaching permanent weight loss, it seems that one of the biggest diet shows might be falling short and many former contestants might sadly see themselves back to their old heavy weight.
I’ll tell you that from the beginning, I’ve been wondering if those contestants would still be at their dramatic weight loss weight one, two or three years down the road (because that’s the true measurement of weight loss success … not dramatic weight loss, but rather permanent weight loss). I think Oprah answers that question loud and clear.
Way back in January 2009 when Queen Oprah announced that she had put on 40 lbs in recent years, she had that tune-up week where she invited a line-up of guests and experts on the topic of weight loss.
One of those guests was Erik Chopin, the winner of NBC’s third season of The Biggest Loser. At 36, Erik, a New York deli owner, had diabetes, sleep apnea (sleep issues because of his heavy weight) and sky-high cholesterol and when he got the call to appear on The Biggest Loser in 2006, his weight was a freakishly dangerous 407 pounds!
It seems that Oprah had been trying to get Erik Chopin to come on her show for a long time to share his secrets to his newly acquired slimmer body and how losing the weight had impacted his life, but Erik Chopin, the winner of NBC’s third season of The Biggest Loser always had a convenient excuse to turn down one of the world’s most important show host.
I think you know where I’m going with this, because when you say “no” to Oprah … something is not quite right and you might be hiding something.
During The Biggest Loser show, Erik, lost a whopping 214 lbs (that’s like losing two people), but three years later (by January 2009), Erik weight a colossal 315 lbs! Here’s the bad part, as Erik was getting fatter and fatter, he continued using older photos of his slimmer self on his MySpace and Facebook pages because he felt he had inspired so many people and he was afraid of letting everyone down.
Erik, just like all contestants on The Biggest Loser are put through a rigorous fitness regime of 6-8 hours of supervised fitness every day. On this type of a plan, an elephant could slim down to the size of a giraffe!
The problem is happens after the show ends? How are you supposed to go back to your home and become accountable about what you eat, what you don’t eat and how often you hit the gym? Who’s going to come yelling in your face? Once The Biggest Loser ends, that’s when reality sets in and if you’ve not yet figured out why you were overeating in the first place, then the millisecond you experience some stress in your life, you’ll hit that bag of Oreo cookies or that bag of Doritos chips with a vengeance.
>>> Here are some good points about the Biggest Loser:
* If brings to light that no matter how heavy you are, you CAN lose the weight if you are committed to your goal.
* If you cannot do it on your own, having a workout buddy can help a lot.
* The whole marketing behind the show is a great wake-up call for a lot of people struggling with weight issues.
* As a contestant on the show, you have daily and weekly challenges to keep you on track.
* As a contestant on the show, you work with personal trainers and nutritionists.
* As a contestant on the show, you become motivated by other’s weight loss stories.
>>> Here are some not so good points about the Biggest Loser:
* The show doesn’t address the many reasons why people overeat and help them deal with those emotional issues.
* The show doesn’t show contestants how to take everything they’ve learned and fit it into their busy lives where there is stress, running around and where you find yourself alone at the grocery store to make decision about food.
* It can become more about winning the competition than losing the weight.
* Once you are on the show, everyone in your neighbourhood will know who you are and there will be pressure on you not to let everyone around you down.
Let’s face it, Erik Chopin is in the same boat as Kirstie Alley!
In the end many contestants of The Biggest Loser will have a similar faith to Kirstie Alley. It’s quite sad that after losing all that weight, she felt obliged to go on Oprah’s show to apologize. The Jenny Craig diet, the personal chefs, the Jenny Craig consultant, the cameras and the million dollar pay cheque were all great motivators for Kristie, but just like a lot of contestants on the The Biggest Loser, she didn’t learn how to control the emotions attached to her overeating and she didn’t learn how to stay committed to a healthier lifestyle.
>>>> Matt Hoover (Season 2 Winner of NBC’s The Biggest Loser ) finally looses the weight for good after gaining it back after he won:
There is another contestant from the The Biggest Loser who’s also put back on his pre- The Biggest Loser weight, but he actually found a solution that has worked for him and he’s now living a happy life at a healthier weight!
You’ll surely want to read his story!
>>>>Biggest Loser Winner Reveals Weight Loss Secret in New Magazine Article
As many might have guessed, without the isolation, the cooks, and the drill sergeant personal trainers, he couldn’t keep up the strict regimen.
That was until January of this year, when Matt discovered a new tool that has allowed him to drop 2.39 pounds of fat per week.
This tool allows him to near-effortlessly shed weight without feeling deprived, popping pills, or resorting to boring and expensive meal plans.
More importantly, these are pounds he is going to keep off forever - because this tool has changed the way Matt feels about life and food.
”I’m back down to the size I was when I left The Biggest Loser ranch” he says, ”But back then, I wasn’t healthy - I was hurting.” — Life & Style, June 8, 2009 pg. 48
Matt’s secret is a 4 CD Hypnosis Program created by Dr. Roberta Temes, who is on the Department of Psychiatry at the SUNY Health Science Center Medical School and the editor of the first hypnosis textbook used by thousands worldwide in medical schools.
A meta-analysis published in The Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology (1996) reveals that hypnosis with a credible psychologist, ”can increase weight loss by an astonishing 146% over the long term.”
Matt’s story certainly confirms this:
”There are days when I feel kind of down or worried, and I turn on my headset and listen to the CDs instead of going out and eating a bunch of food.” — Life & Style, June 8, 2009 pgs. 47-48.
Published by The Hypnosis Network, the CDs Matt used underwent independent testing by The National Health & Wellness Club and revealed an astonishing 92% satisfaction rating among its randomly selected members.
A company spokesman for The Hypnosis Network is quoted as saying:
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<A few The Biggest Loser videos>
If you missed the stories of some of the most popular winners of The Biggest Loser, you can watch them here:
Jodie Prenger The Biggest Loser UK Winner 2006:
The Biggest Loser Couple U.K. 2009:
The Biggest Loser Australia 2008:
The Biggest Loser Couple Australia 2009:
The Biggest Loser U.S.A. 2009 - Estella & Jerry Hayes (both grandparents!):
Here’s another video of Estella and Jerry Hayes’s journey on The Biggest Loser U.S.A. 2009!
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