The recent scientific study the focused on of the weight gained back by Biggest Loser contestants has become very popular and may have even discouraged you from attempting to lose weight due to a belief you will just gain it back. Read on to learn more about the Biggest Loser study, why it should not deter you from losing that excess weight and what you can really learn from the study.
What the Biggest Loser Study Revealed
Several contestants who appeared on the Biggest Loser television show were re-visited by researchers six years after the show ended. Not surprisingly, many gained the weight they lost back, and some even weighed more than when they started the show.
However, the big “surprise” the research revealed was that the contestants basal metabolic rates, or BMRs, were tested to be slower than when they started the show. A lower BMR means that before any daily activity is factored in, their bodies burned fewer calories when at rest than they did before they began the show. This has been leading people to believe that weight loss will damage their metabolisms, so it is better to stay at an unhealthy weight instead.
Why This Study Doesn’t Related to Real Life Weight Loss
To realize why the study does not apply to you, you have to first look at how unique their weight loss was. They were forced to exercise for hours on end daily until they were in pain. They were put on very low calorie diets that were unlikely to fulfill all of their nutritional needs.
Considering they knew that they would be awarded a large sum of money if they were declared the “Biggest Loser,” it really is anyone’s guess what else went on behind the scenes.
Could they have used diuretics or went to other extreme efforts to rid their body of all water weight before they weighed in each week? When so much pressure was put onto the participants to lose so much weight every week for the sake of not only themselves and their teams, it wouldn’t be unreasonable to think they did whatever they had to do to avoid letting their teams down.
What Lesson the Biggest Loser Study Does Teach
The show has always encouraged rapid weight loss at all costs, and that has never been a healthy way to lose weight and keep it off. Many contestants openly stated that they returned to their pre-show diets when they arrived home, because they didn’t really learn how to eat properly over the course of the show.
Slow, steady weight loss has always been healthiest, and the study just reinforces the truth that rapid weight loss due to extreme exercise and dieting can so easily lead to regaining weight in the end.
When losing weight, eat healthy and aim to lose a pound or two a week. When you lose weight slowly, you will naturally learn new healthy eating habits that will help you keep the weight off once you lose it. Crash diets that cannot be stuck to long term don’t teach you the lessons you learn while losing weight slowly and don’t help you build will-power over that tempting unhealthy food.
If you the Biggest Loser study has led you to think that getting to a healthy weight is pointless, because you think you will be destined to gain it all back anyway, then realize that does not have to be true. Lose weight slowly while consuming all the nutrients your body needs, and healthy weight loss that does not damage your metabolism is possible.