Do you want to lose weight long-term this year? Then avoid watching the upcoming 17th season of The Biggest Loser, the less-popular-than-before show. Why? It’s “everything that’s wrong with weight loss in America, as Dr. Yoni Freedhoff says:
Studies show that The Biggest Loser not only breeds prejudice against people with obesity, fat shaming also lowers will power, increasing the risk of gaining weight.
By faking fast and huge weight loss (a Biggest Loser TV “week” may be three actual weeks) the TV show gives entirely false expectations. And starvation diets combined with 10 hours of intense exercise a day is impossible to do anyway, if you have a job. So even the contestants are set up to fail eventually.
A former season 2 contestant recently said that the reason NBC never does a reunion is “because we’re all fat again“.
Do you still want to lose weight? Here’s simpler, smarter and more sustainable advice: How to Lose Weight