The Biggest Loser TV Show Has Created Unrealistic Expectations

May 16, 2008

Are you guys familiar with the TV show The Biggest Loser? The idea is that they take two teams of overweight people and have a weight loss contest. The members of each team weigh in at the beginning of the week and weigh in at the end of the week. The team that has lost the most total weight at the end of the week are declared the winners. The Biggest Loser tv show is entertaining, but is very unrealistic for people with a life. Let me explain…
Jillian Michaels Biggest Loser Trainer
[Jillian Michaels is a trainer who stays in great shape. Don’t let her sexy feminine physique fool you…she is pretty tough on the show!]

A Behind the Scenes Look at The Show

I was browsing through a bunch of old e-mails I had saved in a folder and ran across one of Lyle McDonald’s older newsletters. Lyle had a contestant e-mail him with top secret data about the show that rarely gets talked about by the main stream media. Lyle commented on The Biggest Loser approach to losing weight compared to his outstanding book, The Rapid Fat Loss Handbook. He was shocked by the sheer amount of time these contestants worked out each day.

How Many Hours Each Day Did They Workout?

They worked out 4 hours per day, 6 days per week! That is a total of 24 hours each week. To put this in perspective, I workout 4-5 days per week for 75-90 minutes…about 6-7 total hours per week. They do as much in a week as I do in 3-4 weeks. You would have to be unemployed to workout this much. Seriously…this is a very unbalanced approach to getting in shape. Also…they were basically in lock-down and everything was monitored the rest of the day.

The Goal Was to Lose One Pound Each Day!

The contestants were told that they were expected to lose one pound each day. I believe more realistic approach is 2-3 pounds per week…which is about 1/3 of what the contestants were aiming for. As a side note: It is easier to lose more weight each week when you have 50-150 pounds to lose. Most of the readers here need to lose a lot less than that. In fact, judging by the comments, I’m guessing that the average reader of this site has less than 30 pounds to lose. Many of you guys and girls are within 5-10 pounds of your ideal weight…you will probably do best losing 1-2 pounds a week if this is the case.

Note: I just don’t want anyone to think that losing 2 pounds per week is bad progress. It is the ideal amount for people who are getting close to their target weight. One more thing that the show never mentions…many times they filmed for 14 days in between weigh ins. So it looked like it was just a week as far as TV was concerned, but it was really 14 days. This is kind of deceiving.

Some Great Things About The Biggest Loser

I found out that 3 out of the 4 hours each day was dedicated to cardio. I think this is a great message. Even though the trend now is to lose weight with weights and circuit training, I like it that they focused a lot of cardio. I do circuit training from time to time, but I’m a HUGE believer in HIIT combined with moderate Steady State Cardio. I see too many extremely overweight people in the gym spending too little time on cardio. I know it is rough, but hop on that treadmill!

The Health Benefits After Just Two Weeks Were Amazing!

Vital Stats On Day Number One
Resting Heart rate 89-92 bpm
Blood Pressure – 150/90
Pre-diabetic…”all the other stuff that comes along with being 51% body fat!”

Vital Stats On Day 14
Resting heart rate 62 bpm
Blood pressure 102/60
Blood sugar normal.
(PS Today 2 years later – it is around the same)

Summary: It is great to be motivated by shows like this, but don’t compare your progress to these guys. The same goes for a Hollywood Actor or Actress getting ready for a movie role. If getting in shape was your full-time job of course you would get blazing fast results. Just keep making forward progress and you will get there. Once you get there don’t ever go back. Here is one of the biggest messages of my site…just get fit ONCE and stay there…No need to do it twice. 🙂

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George May 16, 2008 at 7:17 am

Hey Rusty,

Long time reader, first time commenter. Great Blog. Anyway, I’m a big fan of Lyle McDonald and his work and I was wondering if you knew anything about the diet these folks follow – is it similar to his rapid-fat loss crash type diet?

Leo May 16, 2008 at 7:34 am

Well yeah if you have bunch of money and time, you can participate in this program, along with proper nutrition and rest. But for average guys who still have to work, it’s literally impossible.

Though I never watch *even heard about the show, well at least it’s better than any other reality show, kinda like motivating us into healthy lifestyle eh?

Or you still prefer American Idol, don’t you Rusty? lol.

cecilia May 16, 2008 at 11:36 am

I loved this show. Watch almost every season. Sometimes I get frustrated that they lose so much weight and I’m not, but you’re right. I have about 12 lbs to lose and they have about 120, of course they will lose so fast.
But in general I just used it as a motivator…if these very overweight people can get their butt to the gym…so can I!!!
=)

Manchild May 16, 2008 at 12:24 pm

Another great one Rusty!!!

Manchild May 16, 2008 at 12:31 pm

Thanks for the eye candy. Question Rusty after I get finished a hard cardio session I can see abs without flexing but any other time I would have to flex. I remember an article you wrote and wanted to know if it is just water retention or i need to shed a few more pounds so they are always visible?

Thanks

Mark May 16, 2008 at 1:00 pm

I agree with you Rusty. That show is unrealistic for most people to lose that amount of weight in such a short period of time. I am overweight probably greater than most of the people who read your blog but I have a quest for knowledge and your forum provides that.

I e-mailed John Fit and he also suggest that I incorporate cardio 5x week using the intervals for 30 to 45 min. Most guys at the gym emphasize weight over cardio 95% of the time.

Paul May 16, 2008 at 1:14 pm

I heard that most of the contestants after the show just put the weight back on, and then some.

It doesn’t really promote realistic long-term goals – its just rather a big race see who can lose the most, the quickest.

John Fit May 16, 2008 at 2:07 pm

Rusty,
I see TV shows like this as more of a business and less of a practical way to get in shape.. The first goal of these shows is to get ratings and the rest takes a back seat.. Most people with a life do not have time for the committment it takes to achieve these results, but its nice to see when committment reaches its highest peak, great things can be accomplished.. I think the biggest lesson learned from this show is ANYONE can drop weight and get in shape.. I’ve seen some extraordinary results from the show, but I think it just comes down to discipline, which is the lesson most should take from the show.. When you do go hard at your workout, and take it seriously and commit to it 100%, you will improve.. Most people think its “too tough” to workout and don’t make it priority, which is fine, but don’t get bent out of shape (no pun intended) when you don’t lose weight and don’t fit into the dress of the old slacks.. Just my opinion.. Most of us know what we need to do, but just lack the disclipline to execute.. Interesting show..
John Fit..

JT May 16, 2008 at 2:45 pm

Hey Rusty, good point most off these shows are dedicated to fast mind boggling results or else it wouldn’t be fun to watch. For someone who is actually close to their goals at 6’2, how much would you suggest I weigh for the hollywood look? Keep in mind I have an ecto-mesomorphic frame.

Hulbs May 16, 2008 at 7:11 pm

Hi Rusty,

I haven’t posted for a while and I thought I’d update you on my progress (even though its not really related to this post).

When I posted you On 12 April I was around 10 days into a lean muscle gaining program closely following the principles you describe in the below post.

Gain the Ideal Amount of Muscle Mass for Your Body Type

At that time I had good initial progress from 169 to 173 pounds mostly lean muslce.

Well in the 5 weeks since that post I continued to get great results following your principles, so much so that I have now hit my goal of 180 pounds. The gains appear to be mostly muscle and the digital skin fold calipers I use tend to back up that observation. I mean I’m sure I’ve put a little fat on out of the 11 pound gain but probably no more than 2-3 pounds max i’d say.

I now know what you mean when you said gaining muscle can be addictive! But, I’m going to be disciplined as I know that if I tried to gain any more muscle it would be ‘forced and unnatural’ and I would lose my athletic look and abilities i think.

I always thought I was a hard gainer and so I was surprised at how simple (not easy) it was to add the bit of mass. So like I said on 12 April I’m now going to cut back on the calories and do a little more cardio to just trim up that tiny bit more.

I’ve also gone back to strength gaining rep range 3-5, whereas I had changed my rep range to 6-9 when i was bulking (this was very effective!).

Anyway, thanks so much for your help and continued inspiration Rusty.

p.s. I now sometimes get guys in my work gym tell me how good I look and ask me how I did it. My answer is always to tell them about this site and then email them your site link! And I know 1 of those guys was my sailing skipper who loves your site and has dropped from around 108kgs to 95kg in the last 3-4 months. He’s 46 and he looks a lot younger now than when i first met him in late 2007.

cheers

hulbs

Arnel May 16, 2008 at 9:17 pm

Hey Rusty, as always very informative and thought-provoking. Through you, I have re-embraced cardio. I did something really stupid last year, U bulked up 30 pounds, most of which was fat. I was leaning down and looking better every week, but had recently hit a plateau. I did minimal cardio and hit the weights hard while consuming copious amounts of carbohydrates. Then I came across the Warrior Diet and then your site and realized the error o my ways. From September I have lost all the weight. I now regularly do cardio and am doing less and less resistance training. Funny enough I actually gained a little bit of muscular weight in the past gew weeks, while also lowering my bodyfat, meaning that I never needed to bulk up in the first place. Anyway I was wondering what you think of this routine to lean me down during the summer.
Monday: 30 minutes dance, 15 minutes stretching, 20 minutes swimming, 15 minute jog, 8 100-metre sprints.
Tues: Same as above except 15 minute plyometrics and HIIT stationary bike workout.
Wednesday: Steady State Cardio 45-60 minutes.
Thurs: Same as Monday
Friday: Same as Tuesday.

Too heavy? There is very little resistance since I already rather strong and bulky to begin with. If anything I work on my pullups usually before bed.

Damon Fleeks May 16, 2008 at 11:04 pm

I don’t understand why you think they were trying to hide the info regarding the amt of time they workout. This is old news to me. I’ve been watching the show since season one and knew it then. If you search YouTube, you will find videos of Jillian saying saying they work out 4hrs a day with 3 of that being cardio. She also says that they are able to do this amt of working out because they are pulled from their lives and suggests that regular everyday working people workout 4-5 hrs a week.

As for the strict regiment…don’t you believe they need that. The contestants on that show have control issues in that they can’t control how much they eat and get to the bottom of what is causing the problem. Therefore, they need to be watched and monitored. I chat with a past contestant of the show via myspace and he said that once you understand where you have been going wrong, comforming to a healthy way of doing things is easy.

The approach to weight loss presented by this show isn’t for everyone. If you have a small amt of weight to lose, this plan isn’t for you. If you have large amt of weight to lose….you should consider it.

Damon

katie May 17, 2008 at 3:17 am

Hey Rusty, it’s true that that is unrealistic.. I was thinking of you this past week because someone had a copy of Bill Phillips’ book Body for Life, and (I’m guessing you’ve heard of it?) while he does recommend eating 5-6x/day in small portions, part of his approach is HIIT for 20 minutes in the mornings on an empty stomach and waiting for an hour before you eat your first meal, and alternating HIIT days with weight training to exhaustion as well. I saw some of the transformations and they are definitely incredible, but some of those girls are so muscular it’s not aesthetically pleasing in my opinion. I was wondering if you thought doing HIIT plus some bodyweight exercises like planks, crunches, pushups, etc., would help achieve a more ‘feminine’ look. I don’t really have much weight to lose but it’s summer, I have more time, and there is always room for improvement!! 🙂

Jon May 17, 2008 at 11:38 am

Great post! Thanks a ton, Rusty! You motivate us all so much!

Hassan May 17, 2008 at 7:54 pm

is it worth trying this out, because wont it lead to overtraining?…and also…like i mentioned before, i play soccer about 3-5 times a week, every time i play, i do 3 hours or more any way, so is this pretty much the same or not? the only reason i do so much is because i love the sport soo much id be willing to play day and night!! lol..but on top of this, when can workout, before or after?

admin May 18, 2008 at 3:32 am

George,

Lyle uses a more radical diet and the contestants would have lost more weight. This guys knows his stuff!

Leo,

Yes…I’m a HUGE geek for liking American Idol. Thanks for reminding everyone. Good call 🙂

Cecilia,

It is better to be 10-15 pounds out from your ideal weight. I am motivated by out-of-shape people giving it their all. Often times they get quicker results do to their “perceived effort”. You have been a reader for a while, so you have already read this, but I’ll put a link to the article here…it explains another factor in why these guys dropped the weight quickly:
Perceived Effort is the Secret to Avoiding Fat Burning Plateaus


Manchild,

This is a great sign. You are probably just 2-5 pounds out from awesome abs that show 24 hours a day. Great progress!

Mark,

Lifting weights looks cooler, but is easier than cardio. Cardio is a pain and most people avoid it…this is why there aren’t that many people with amazing bodies in most gyms. Go figure!

JT,

At 6’3″, I used to be a “skinny fat” ectomorph. I look my best at 6-8% body fat and around 185. You are an inch shorter, but are an “ecto-meso” (like Will Smith). I’m thinking that at 6’2″ and this frame, you should be around 185-195 range. It is hard to know without seeing you…but this would be my “blind” guess.

Hulbs,

You have “mastered the skill” of getting fit. I throw this phrase around a lot, because I don’t like discussing exact routines. I like talking about principles and teaching people “how things work”…then they implement and test certain strategies until they figure out exactly what works best for them. You now know how to systematically get any look you desire. It is a cool feeling isn’t it? Good job buddy! Thanks for referring people to my site, by the way. Site owners like nothing better than hearing that people were referred by someone to their sites. I get a lot of traffic from Google, but I love getting visitors from “word of mouth” referrals or links from other blog and site owners. It is the biggest compliment a site owner can get.

Arnel,

This will work well. For best fat burning results do the HIIT sprint intervals first. It will release the fatty acids from your fat cells and the steady state stuff will burn up this fat. This is the best way to combine HIIT with moderate aerobic stuff to maximize fat loss.

Damon,

Good counterpoint. I know that some people do best with a “kick in the butt”. This is the best reason for personal trainers. Just one thing…long-term results come from being self-motivated. At some point these guys have to have the discipline to do the right things themselves…without being yelled at.

Katie,

I never thought the women in Muscle Media (Bill Phillips old magazine), looked very good either. I think the women in “Shape” magazine are the way to go…they all look outstanding! The main way to avoid this look is to avoid “bodybuilding techniques”…avoid lifting to failure, aiming for the pump, a high volume of sets and reps, negatives, drop sets, etc.

Spend time in the weight room lifting for less reps and about half the sets normally recommended. Stop one to to reps short of failure, but try to get stronger over time. It is a huge paradigm shift for most people, but it works well. After your brief lifting session then “kill it” over in the cardio section of the gym. This is what builds a nice looking physique. I do like incorporating bodyweight exercises as well, just don’t do too many sets and keep the volume low…the same advice I give for lifting. Hope that helps.

Jonneh,

Nice to hear from you…it has been a while!

Hassan,

Every serious Football (soccer) player that I know is in outstanding shape. The sport is almost the perfect mix of intervals with steady state cardio. Play it like crazy, just make sure your diet is in order. I’m not sure how much outside training you need besides maybe 3-4 days a week of brief strength training…with some “planks” thrown in.

Rusty

J.L May 18, 2008 at 11:25 am

Hi Rusty,

I know this has not much to do with this topic right here but I wanted to know your opinion about this.
The other day I was waching a program called ”Work Out” where personal trainers train different clients.
Now there is this new trainer called Greg Plitt which seems to have the perfect physique although a bit muscular.
Do you think this psysique is achievable by eating right, getting enough sleep and doing your weight training with cardio.
Or do you believe he is using steroids to stay like that?
Please give me your opinion about this.
Keep up the good work like always with your website!

Greetings,

J.L

From The Netherlands

Hassan May 18, 2008 at 7:07 pm

will be doing them workouts, but should i do before footbll or after?..and what kind of diet, can you help me compile a simple but effective one?

mark May 18, 2008 at 9:31 pm

Great post again! You recommend running as the best exercise for looking good and being in shape. I’ve always had a hard time with running and tend to go for the stairmasters, but I want to give it another shot. What do you recommend for beginning? Should I find an expert to look at my form, get great shoes, that sort of thing?

Sandy May 18, 2008 at 11:16 pm

Hey Rusty! Ive been out of pocket for awhile. I missed reading your blog. This is a great one as always. I 100% agree with you. The show has caused some people to have realistic expections for weight loss. There’s no way a person could devote that much time to exercise unless they dont have to work for a living. That sounds like a job in itself LOL!

Heather May 19, 2008 at 12:45 pm

Hey Rusty!!!

I only have a little bit more weight to lose. Im 22 yrs old 5’8 and 135 lbs. My main focus right now is getting as lean as I can. I have started doing HIIT and planks and have def. noticed how effective they can be….

Anyway my question is how many days a week should I strength train and how many days should I do HIIT (every time I do intervals I do 20 min of steady cardio immediately after.) And also how many calories should I be eating?? I want to get the best results I possibly can and am very willing to put the effort into it, I just need to know HOW! =]

Thank you again for your very addictive site!!!!

benjie May 19, 2008 at 6:14 pm

hey rusty i got a question totally off topic here. i want to increase my strength in my upper body without adding size. i am quite big in my upper body for only weighing 145 pounds so i am looking to aviod gaining any more size. i got my body fat down to 10% and am just looking to increase strength/muscle definition. i recently ordered and read pavel’s “power to the people”. i see where he recommends doing one set of 5 with a heavy weight then drop the weight by 10% and doing another set of 5 and then that’s it for that exercise for strength increase. he also recommends training like this everyday as long as you never train to failure. my question to you is-do you think i could train each bodypart everyday as long as i dont train to failure to increase my strength using 2×5 and changing the weight for the second set? For example, do 2 sets of 5 for chest, back, shoulders, bi’s, and tri’s everday in this fashion? or do you think this would lead to overtraining and burnout? or do you have another suggestion for helping me improve my strenght/muscle tone? thanks as always for your help rusty!

shane#1 May 19, 2008 at 8:33 pm

i think jillian likes girls better then boys,

admin May 20, 2008 at 3:09 am

JL,

He looks like a mesomorph who is in tremendous shape. He is a good example of someone of a naturally bigger guy who doesn’t have excessive muscle. A good role model for sure.

Hassan,

Go low carb before football and eat protein right after. Then again an hour later. You need more nutrients because you are extremely active.

Mark,

If running kills your joints, then avoid it…or at least limit it. If I was in your position, I would do 15 minutes HIIT on the exercise bike (the “old school regular bike…not the ones where you are close to the ground)…I would followup that HIIT with 30-40 minutes moderate paced cardio on the elliptical. Doing the HIIT before the elliptical, will turn the elliptical into a much more efficient fat burning exercise.

Heather,

Quick Answers…
Calories…1,000-1,300
HIIT mixed with steady state…3 times per week
Steady state only…2 times per week 60 minutes
Do weight training before HIIT on that same day
total workout days 5 (add in an extra steady state only day if you want to do six).

Benjie,

You certainly could do that for part of the year. I would do that for 3-4 months…alternated with a 2-day split for 3-4 months. When you do the two day split, you could do more sets. Power to the People is one of the best books ever written on the subject of strength training. Did you enjoy it? I love this book!

shane#1,

You are bad! 🙂

Have a great one guys!

Rusty

Helder May 20, 2008 at 11:08 am

That kind of shows and other similar stuff are in great part guilty of making lots of people give up on their goals. We all know that it takes a lot of strong will to keep working out, eating right, it’s not always easy, and when people get unrealistic expectations it becomes much easier to get frustrated and to to give up. That kind of shows should have an educational purpose with realistic goals to the majority of people. I have never seen it, but for what i’m reading this show might motivate people in the beginning, but then i believe it will probably get them frustrated.

I have to say that Jillian can be a strong motivation 🙂

Heather May 20, 2008 at 1:25 pm

Hey Rusty! Two more quick questions.. sorry to keep bothering you but your advice is so good and I actually trust it!!

Anyway, is it normal for intervals to make your thighs hurt for like 2 days?? I’m not complaining because I know it must be good because even after running for over a year – a couple days of HIIT made me sore!!! And also should I still work my legs when I’m weight training even though they hurt from HIIT?? I feel like I shouldn’t but then I feel bad for only working my legs out during cardio lol!! What’s going to make them the leanest??? Okay sorry that was 3 questions!!

Thank you thank you thank you! =]

NancyJ May 20, 2008 at 1:55 pm

Rusty, what do you think about doing cardio 2 times per day in order to burn off fat fast? I met a female (pretty fit looking) who told me she had been having severe trouble dropping bodyfat recently (she had gotten way out of shape and hadn’t been exercising or eating right) and when she went back to training/dieting, nothing that seemed to work for her in the past was working for her recently. She said she had been diagnosed as being hyperinsulinemic (from being out of shape) and then it was recommended to her by a local trainer that she try (for a few weeks only, I think), splitting cardio into 2 separtate sessions: morning (45 minutes) and afternoon (45 minutes), both on an empty stomach, followed by a protein shake immediately afterwards. She claimed it helped her — I only saw her after she lost the weight and she looked pretty good. Any pros or cons about this? BTW, I don’t know if she did HIIT. Maybe, she is pretty savvy and she said she was a former trainer herself. Your thoughts? Any other ideas of what could work? Thanks!

Tom Parker May 21, 2008 at 7:21 pm

Good post Rusty. You always seem to come up with a great read :-). I’ve not seen The Biggest Loser over here in the UK but we do have a similar show called Fat Camp. These type of shows aren’t really my kind of thing but you make a good point about not comparing ourselves to people on TV. Most of us have a limited timescale within which to work out and just have to make the most of it.

admin May 22, 2008 at 3:27 pm

Heather,

Trust your intuition and don’t work your legs! I get a lot of crap for telling people to avoid training their legs directly with lifting. I believe that intense cardio builds the “ideal” sized legs (not too big and not too small). I haven’t done a single leg lift in over 5 years and my thighs are toned and defined while still being able to fit into True Religion and Diesel jeans. Here are articles on that:

Why Building Big Legs is a Waste of Time
Sprinting Is Actually One of The Best Butt Exercises

NancyJ,

I think it will work, but working out twice a day just doesn’t seem to be a god quality of life to me. I recommend getting fit in a more balanced manner. It would be cool to do it for 6-8 weeks, but in the long run, you don’t want to live in the gym. You have to put aside some time for fun!

Tom,

Thanks for the compliment. Your blog is looking outstanding by the way!

Rusty

Paul May 23, 2008 at 5:28 pm

Rusty:

Yes, these shows are unrealistic to most people but it’s possible to loose that much weight. I posted once before but lurk and read everything on this site (love it by the way).

The day after thanksgiving of 2007 (6 months ago) I weighed in at 305 on my 6 ft frame. Today, I am 200 with a lean weight of 179. I’ve lost over 100 lbs in 6 months without losing much muslce. The key is lifting hard (1 hr a day/ 4-5 days a week) and cardio. I also was on a SKD diet for the first few months and now am doing a CKD diet.

When you are that heavy it’s hard to do cardio. I had to walk at frist because I was too fat to run and now I am up to 20 miles. I am running a marathon next Sunday! One and I’m done. My perfered workout is your spring one min, walk one min. I am doing this working up to 11.0 @1.0 incline and my walk speed in 4.0. Wow, does this work you out and burn the fat!

During the first couple of months on my diet I lost about 1 pound a day for the first 2 months!! It’s possible without working out 4 hours a day. Cut the carbs, up the weights, and up the cardio.

I guess all I wanted to say is that yes, these shows are unrealistic but there are “normal” 40+ hour work week people out there doing the same thing.

admin May 24, 2008 at 2:11 am

Paul,

You are an animal! Great job buddy. I hope you took some “before” and “after” pictures. That is outstanding progress. I’m really starting to have fun with this site. It is almost a year old, but really started to pick up steam 6-7 months ago. Now I get people telling me how much weight they have lost using a few of the tips from the site. My goal when I started this was to make a difference.

You did all the hard work, but I feel jazzed that I played a small role in helping you get lean and healthy.

You Made My Day!

Rusty

Ashleyyyy June 9, 2008 at 5:59 pm

What overweight people need to understand is that its not that complicated! Just excerise. You can jog or run or walk. It isnt rocket science. You don’t need “suggestions” or advice. Just excerise more than you eat!!!

Simple, right? Well get on it then!?!?!

Dig Fitness June 27, 2008 at 12:15 pm

great post and I couldn’t agree more. The people featured on the Biggest Loser are working their tail ends off. It’s not a casual affair they are working hard and fast.

Dig Fitness June 27, 2008 at 12:18 pm

It could be people over eat for many reasons, not just because they have a big appetite. You have to address the phsycological factors as well.

BurritoKid July 17, 2008 at 2:39 pm

i know it wouldnt work for the show. but they should really measure body fat instead. that way contestants dont have to worry about water weight or building muscle. losing body fat is healthier than just losing weight.

but then i guess they have more control over their weight when they play their mind games with each other. plus the general public relates to body weight better.

im thinking of investing in a body fat scale. do you know of reliable brands? how do you measure yourself?

emmeline banks August 28, 2008 at 6:08 pm

hey, thanks, your notes on how to loose weight is excellent.I lost 50 pounds from your great notes.I used to weigh 180pounds now i weigh 130 pounds. By the way your awesome.

John May 8, 2009 at 4:29 pm

One positive comment on THE BIGGEST LOSER . . . I see this show as drastic intervention. For most folks holding down a career, raising kids and in a marriage . . . trying to lose 100 lbs is impossible. They’ll lose a bit . . . gain a bit . . . lose . . . gain . . . lose . . . gain . . . and the years pass. I believe that intervention is the only way some people can lose. If that means the family and spouse need to give you space . . . so be it. If you can afford to quit work . . . do it. Hire a personal trainer. Get obsessive about it. Make it your #1 goal. Do whatever it takes to lose the fat and fix the fat between your ears so when you go back to the real-world you will be more in control. For some people, this may be the only way to save their life.

Venee May 29, 2010 at 12:13 pm

I know this thread is old, but I wanted to comment on The Biggest Loser. (Ironically) I’ve caught quite a few recent episodes at my gym where they had the largest contestant they have had to date, (who actually won). While I’m in the gym watching these people on that show kill themselves working out, it baffles my mind as to why they chose such a method. I’m a big follower of Warrior as well as Eat Stop Eat and a huge fan of Lyle’s RFL. Isn’t diet 99.9% of the problem? Couldn’t they loose just as much or even more weight by simply doing Eat Stop eat or Lyles RFL program? with moderate exercise? I also noticed , that most if not all haven’t been able to keep it off.

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