The hit reality TV show, The Biggest Loser, has publicly showcased dramatic weight loss results of many contestants over its seventeen season run. The idea of losing fifteen plus pounds in just a week can be a serious enticement to those who dream of reaching their ideal weight practically overnight. That said, these dreamers should be cautioned that these types of results are a textbook case of “if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is”.
A study published in May of 2016 in the journal Obesity followed former season eight contestants from The Biggest Loser for six years after the show’s finale. The outcome of the study was highly discouraging, finding that all but one of the contestants gained back a significant amount of weight.
So, while it may be disappointing to realize that weight loss is not meant to be a quick fix, not all hope is lost. By learning at what not to do, we can surmise the elements that do result in successful long-term weight loss.
- Don’t restrict calories excessively. The Biggest Loser was limiting contestants to less than 1000 calories daily, while doing excessive exercise. A healthy, average sized adult should be consuming 1200 to 1600 calories per day, when not dieting. Eating nutritious, well-balanced meals throughout the dayis essential to keeping the metabolism revved up.
- Compulsive exercise can be dangerous. The show required up to six hours of exercise per day. Unless you are a conditioned athlete, such extreme levels of physical activity can cause weakening of the heart muscle, irregular heartbeat and unsafe declines in electrolytes and potassium. Additionally, most people don’t have the capacity to devote six hours of their day to exercising. In moderation however, exercise can help to boost the metabolism, burn calories and increase muscle mass.
- Losing weight too quickly is counterproductive. While rapid weight loss may seem appealing, it is usually the result of making changes to diet and exercise that are unsustainable in the long run. Therefore, it is best to follow the recommended medical weight loss guideline of one to two pounds per week. Moderately paced weight loss, followed by a sensible weight maintenance plan is the best solution for losing and keeping weight off over time.
The Medifast program and products have been clinically proven by Johns Hopkins and recommended by over 20,000 doctors since 1980. The knowledgeable and supportive professionals at Medifast Weight Control Centers can customize a plan that will make your weight loss journey a safe and effective one.
Just as important, the Medifast team will continue to educate and support you in the maintenance of your ideal weight. Call us now at (602) 996-9669 so we can help you elevate your health and overall well-being to new heights!