Here Is What Happened To These 14 People 6 Years After The Biggest Loser
However Metabolism Slowed Down And Never Regained
There is a persistent myth in culture today that you can speed up your metabolism by exercising. Metabolism is important for health because the slower your metabolism, the less you can eat and not gain weight. Metabolism is like how quickly your body burns through fuel, sort of like a fireplace.
If your body runs really hot (so to speak) and has a high metabolism, then you can eat more without gaining weight. If you body runs lower on metabolism, you don’t burn through the fuel as quick. So you would need to eat less than the fast-burning person to avoid gaining weight.
Here’s where things get alarming. The resting metabolism of these 14 participants, on average, started around a natural burning rate of 2607 calories. So on average, these 14 participants would ‘burn’ through 2607 calories just by doing their normal daily life.
However, after 30 weeks of competition, their metabolism rates had dropped to 2000 calories per day. Despite tons of exercise, their metabolism slowed down.
What Does This Mean?
The Biggest Loser is an entertainment show. It’s actually not about sustained long-term weight loss. This is incredibly unfortunate because The Biggest Loser promotes this myth that exercise and extreme dieting works! The real results of much different than what’s purported. Furthermore, people can actually harm themselves by doing exercise and extreme dieting!
In my experience working with people with eating struggles, people come to see me after years of dieting. Only after years and decades of dieting do people start to really fundamentally feel that dieting is bad for their health. Shows like The Biggest Loser fail to mention the harmful effects of dieting, like slowing down metabolism. Most people think that trying to lose weight by extreme dieting is safe. That, even if the weight does come back, there’s no long-term damage being done.
Please be aware of the popular dieting hype because what we’re seeing here is the opposite. We need to be aware that trying to lose weight in extreme methods does have long-term negative consequences.
This guest post was brought to you by Jared Levenson, an Overeatering Coach who runs EatingEnlightenment.com. He helps professionals who struggle with overeating to master holistic skills by offering a free video course to stop binge eating at https://eatingenlightenment.com.