Have you seen The Biggest Loser? Participants rapidly lose half their body weight in front of the TV cameras, by eating less and moving more.
It seems to work great. So why don’t all the “lazy” people watching do the same thing?
Here’s the sad truth behind the show, revealed by a former contestant:
Just one of the interesting details: How do people lose so much weight in a single week? Answer: They don’t. There were anywhere from 16 to 25 days between the weigh-ins, not one week as the producers made the participants pretend.
The saddest fact? The “eat less, move more” mentality may work great as long as the participants are locked up in a house for months, with guards and little food. But it doesn’t necessarily work in real life, after the competition.
Here’s what the former participant had to say about the long term results:
I would say that about 75 per cent of the contestants from my series in 2008 are back to their starting weight. About 25 per cent had had gastric banding or surgery.