The TV show "The Biggest Loser" is actually about losing. However, body weight, so you end up feeling like a slim winner or winner. The successful format, which has existed in the USA since 2004, has many success stories to tell: participants who have done almost impossible things within a few months and have reduced their weight from 195 kilos to 86, for example. Like Danny Cahill, who now brings another 134 kilos. And many other candidates have also gained weight after the show and sometimes even more weight than before. However, the reason for this is not laziness or renewed unhealthy diet, but a complete conversion of the body through radical change, as a recent medical study revealed.
Our body changes permanently through radical diets – but not as desired!
People feverishly with the people: How is the step on the scales? How many kilos have melted this week? Through excessive sports and reduced nutrition, participants of The Biggest Loser have already lost thousands of pounds together. During the show, they are supervised by a team of experts around sports, nutrition and health. But in real life these are no longer available. How is life after that? This has now Dr. Kevin Hall, a metabolism expert from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, researched in an investigation that accompanied people who attended the show six years ago. The astonishing realization: The body does everything possible after such an intensive phase of diet and sport to regain the old weight. Unfortunately, you fight against yourself. "It's scary and amazing!" said the researcher in an interview with The New York Times. "It's scary and amazing!" Two things have changed, especially in the body of the Biggest Loser: The hormone leptin, which controls the feeling of hunger, is released less and the metabolism is severely shut down. And even after years! A phenomenon that can be observed with any diet – however, it has not yet been known that this can last for such a long period of time and even continue to deteriorate and the body does not recover from it.
The metabolism has been greatly reduced – and has deteriorated after years
The basal metabolic rate, that is, the number of calories consumed by our bodies every day, even when we are not exercising, has been greatly diminished. For example, Danny Cahill's metabolism today consumes a whopping 800 calories per day less than one would expect from a man of his size.
Sean Algaier weighed 201 kilos before the show, 131 after and now 204. His minimum calorie intake is 458 calories less than one would expect from a man of his size. And this reduced minimum turnover prevails among all test persons. This change will not allow the candidates to eat so little that they can maintain their weight. These difficulties and consequences in the candidates give an indication of why the fight against obesity is in principle so problematic. And shows that even (or even) the most motivated are fighting against their own body, which seems to be fighting back massively.