Why So Many Biggest Loser Stars Gain The Weight Back
- Published on Oct 30, 2019
- The Biggest Loser was once a reality TV juggernaut. Debuting in 2004, it pitted overweight people against each other to see who could lose the most weight all in front of the cameras. But after the contestants returned home, nearly all of them regained some if not all of their weight. Here's what happened.
Fans of The Biggest Loser know that appearing on the show isn't something to go into lightly. That's because the weight loss routine that contestants followed was seriously intense. Once they got to the ranch, participants would workout for up to eight hours a day, according to Kai Hibbard who told the New York Post,
"There was no easing into it. My feet were bleeding through my shoes for the first three weeks."
Yet another contestant who originally clocked in at over 300 pounds told the paper that, on her first day, she was put through a routine that involved rowing, body-weight strength work, kettlebells, treadmill, interval training, a StairMaster, and working outside with tires. It was so intense she collapsed. She said,
"I thought I was going to die. I couldn't take any more."
…All that, as they were eating less than 1,000 calories per day, according to Hibbard.
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Dropping those pounds | 0:16
Old habits die hard | 1:17
Keeping up the exercise | 2:36
A diet that's impossible to sustain | 3:46
Doing it all. And then some. | 4:51
Slowing thyroid function | 5:53
Clocking in low on leptin | 6:40
A permanently damaged metabolism | 7:36
Physical breakdown | 8:19
Were participants drugged? | 9:06
Weight loss surgery as an option | 10:18
Will the show ever return? | 11:16