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Big News About Biggest Losers

Thursday, May 05, 2016

Did you read the New York Times article on the Biggest Loser long term results? Excellent stuff. Though it is perhaps a little troubling, because it seems that there may be little we can do to fight our bodies.

There's also a response article, containing readers as well as doctors' remarks regarding the topic.
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  • SMILES4383
    Never liked BL.
    Slow and steady is definitely better than fast and furious.
    We continue....
    Thanks for the articles~
    1421 days ago
  • RACH-AG01
    Like many spark members, my weight has yo-yo'd most of my adult life. When i approached the process this last time, i knew that to be truly successful and keep it off, weight loss couldn't be my main objective. We focused the desire of our house to be healthy, both in the food we eat and the activities we choose to do. Over about a year, I lost 60 pounds and my husband lost 50 pounds, and we've been in maintenance for about 6 months. It was gradual and we didn't cut out foods we love, but we are more mindful of portion sizes. Regardless of articles like this, i'm hopeful that maintenance will work because we have no plan to allow our choices to deteriorate to the way we ate before. Those options just aren't that appetizing anymore.
    1423 days ago
  • ALICIA363
    From ONEKIDSMOM's May 4th blog:
    For maintainers and those who want to become maintainers, and those who may have regained a few pounds after a significant loss? Take a look at Barbara Berkeley's blog (author of Refuse to Regain)... this is her response to a New York Times article about Biggest Loser Contestants regaining weight after leaving the show... a different point of view. If you think you're failing? Maaaaybe not so much:

    1428 days ago
    We need to remember the Biggest Loser folks were HIGHLY motivated. These were not people who casually dieted. They powered through.

    The article discusses the damage that was done to their metabolisms. I have seen similar examples of metabolism dysfunction from people who dieted much less drastically. The idea that we can repair our metabolisms after disrupting them seems to be put into question by this research.

    If that is the case, any attempt to alter our metabolism may have long-term health and weight consequences.
    1429 days ago
    As usual for an article about weight gain/weight loss/weight maintenace, it raises more questions than it answers.

    First off, does it make any sense to use Biggest Loser contestants as the focus of a study group? Yes, if what you're studying is weight loss and weight regain in a forced labor camp. Does it have much to do with weight loss in the real world? I doubt it.

    Does the body fight to stay at certain weights? Absolutely. Most people I've talked to on SP have noticed that they have gotten "stuck" at weights on the way down where they had spent a fair amount of time on the way up. There seem to be any number of set points, not just one.

    Is there, then, no way to ensure that you keep off the weight you've lost? There are multiple ways, and therein lies the problem. If all you're looking at is the calories in your diet and your amount of exercise, then you have limits as to how you can support a healthy metabolism. It's not until you pull in every single aspect of health that you stand a chance of losing and maintaining the loss for the long haul.

    Just for starters you need to evaluate: stress reduction, hormonal balance, adequate sleep, gut imbalances, exposure to sunshine and fresh air, social connections, mental health and hygiene, and spirituality. There are supplements and medications to consider. There is meditation and leisure activity to focus on. Every one of these things affects metabolism and health.
    1429 days ago
    I stopped watching the Biggest Loser after the first season because it seemed so unrealistic that I didn't see how the results could be maintained in the real world.

    The article does seem to be giving a lot of people an excuse to stop trying.
    Today's featured blog responds to that.

    Lots of people do maintain weight loss successfully. Perhaps if the loss is gradual, done with small changes over long period of time maintenance would be easier?

    I realize that my weight loss was "only" 25 pounds and may be disregarded as trivial by some, but that represented 16% of my body weight. Also my gain occurred while I led a very active lifestyle and drank only water (after morning coffee and OJ).

    My 6 years of maintenance has required diligence but hasn't been as burdensome as dragging around the extra pounds.

    Logging in here every day provides my motivation.

    1430 days ago
    I come from past of eating disorders. I know the mind can do amazing (and often dangerous) things. The issue is over the long term, our minds may win battles, but not the war.
    1430 days ago
    This is why we have to be extra strong in our mental diligence to eat impeccably. I'm convinced that is the key.
    1430 days ago
    Not according to the articles I've been reading or my own personal experience. Don't give up!
    1430 days ago
    But that seems to be the problem, STRETCHYGIRL. The science is saying it's body over mind.
    1430 days ago
    Mind over body!
    1430 days ago
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