Lightning Fast & Incredible Transformations Can Be Risky
For Participants and Viewers (physically and psychologically)
I know they have physicians monitoring everything and they are provided with nutrition but it is still quite extreme. Not only that, but when you lose all that weight so quickly and work out that much, you also lose a lot of muscle or at least prevent any significant muscle gain. If you lose muscle mass, then your metabolism will suffer in the long run.
The other issue that I want you to think about is should we be glorifying and awarding people that work so hard for 6 months to lose a ton of weight after 40 years of being a fat slob? To an extent, I think it is sending the wrong message to people who see that it's ok to completely ignore their health and body for most of their life and then they can reverse it all in 6 months. That isn't the complete story and that isn't what happens to the majority of people. Some of the contestants that did not have the best experience on the show may not be very vocal about it because they signed contracts of silence or the money-train of the Biggest Loser franchise silences their complaints. I guarantee several contestants over the years have been hurt, gotten sick, or ended up gaining all the weight back. While it is still a good show overall, people just need to be aware that losing 12 lbs in a week is not common in the real world and losing 250 lbs in 6 months is ludicrous. Let the show motivate you to improve your own health and physique but don't let it give you delusions quick fixes and miraculous turnarounds.
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