Too much too fast? The Biggest Loser Controversy
Not sure if you keep up with The Biggest Loser, but there is some controversy going on with the show right now. The latest winner went from 260 down to 105 pounds.
That is an amazing accomplishment, that part is without doubt. The question is, was it too much too fast?
I'm not going to get into a lot of the issues that are surrounding the controversy, such as eating disorders and negative body images. Those subjects are best left to professionals in those areas, but I think they are extremely important issues that need to be brought to light.
In my opinion, she did not look healthy at all because it appears she lost a lot of muscle mass along with the fat. Loss of lean muscle mass will lead to problems down the road.
Having lean muscle mass is the key to not only looking better but also very important in keeping the weight off.
Doing tons of cardio exercise and severely reducing your calories is not the way to go. If you are reducing calories you have to make sure to eat nutrient dense foods.
Have you ever been on the all salad diet? Probably wasn't much fun or very successful long term. Your body needs protein, carbs, and fats. Any diet that cuts one of those three out is not a good idea.
I understand that the contestant on The Biggest Loser was trying to win a bunch of money. But at what cost?
Do not trade short term results for long term health.
I know it's boring. I know it's not going to give you immediate, spectacular results. But the basic rules remain:
-Exercise hard and consistently
-Eat healthy, nutrient dense foods in proper portions
-Get plenty of rest
-Get the stress out of your life
-Don't use the scale as your only measure of success
You can get into more specifics on all of the above later, but follow the basics first. Which area are weakest in now? Attack your weaknesses first, make them your strengths.
If you want a real life example of how it works, I want to tell you about Sherri. Sherri has lost 25 pounds over several months. She is doing it at a sustainable pace.
Nothing too extreme, nothing too crazy, just effective and something she can do long term.
If you are struggling and need some help, please let me know and I would be glad to help.
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