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Monday, February 04, 2013

Did everyone besides me know that The Biggest Loser contestants only ate around 1,200 calories a day while burning over 6,000? Out of curiosity I goggled it and everything I read said the same thing, 1200. I read a few other things revealed by previous contestants but I really hope they are not true so I won't be posting them.

I am a little sad that the trainers, nutritionist and doctors would allow them to do that. I would imagine it is all for ratings, who would want to watch people lose 2 pounds a week? Either way though my Biggest Loser fan bubble was deflated a little.

I guess I never put much thought into it. I know losing 10 to 32 pounds in a week could not be healthy, but it is really entertaining.

I think about going on TBL a lot, I would not make it a day though. Jillian would start yelling at me, I would cry, she would kick me out of the gym and I would give up and go home. However these contestants lose the weight it is pretty amazing.

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SPASTASTIC 2/5/2013 10:17PM

    I read that it isn't a week for weigh ins either. The one contestant said on her season they'd weigh in sometimes every two weeks, etc. I cannot take the show seriously anymore.

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SHRINKING_SARA 2/5/2013 9:40PM

    Some of their other methods seem crazy as well... Its inspiring -- it got my butt off the couch and moving, but it is unrealistic...

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*MAMA*2*BOYS* 2/5/2013 11:51AM

    Although I do watch The Biggest Loser (it's like watching a "normal" person's progress in fast forward), I know it is completely unrealistic, and to be honest, unhealthy.

I eat 1200 calories a day, but I only burn about 200 calories a day doing moderate exercise. I recently read an article that cited studies done on former BL participants showing that their weight loss methods really affected their metabolism (their basal metabolic rates were about 500 calories less than would be expected for someone at their lower weight). It seemed to me like their huge calorie deficits made their bodies incredibly efficient at using calories, making it really easy to regain weight.

And although I would love to lose weight super fast and be done with the weight loss phase, I know that along the way I am learning skills that will ensure that I don't just lose weight, but that I am able to keep it off, as well!

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XXMILAXX 2/5/2013 2:38AM

    I don't watch it, because I know it's not realistic for me. I am glad that it help the contestants! Take the good and leave the rest!

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GRACIEC 2/5/2013 12:10AM

    I still enjoy watching the Biggest Loser even though I know the weight losses are unrealistic for the average person! I wouldn't survive either! LOL

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MELMOMOF4 2/4/2013 11:33PM

    i used to eat 1200 a day. so i cant say much to that. i am a big fan. i would love to join one of these days but in reality i just need to do it here at home with the family.

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