Several readers passed along this article, the moral of which is simple: don’t compare yourself to the contestants on The Biggest Loser.
Kai Hibbard, 29, from Eagle River, Alaska, lost 118 pounds last season. She recently wrote on a blog that in the two weeks before the finale she severely dehydrated herself using asparagus (a diuretic), colonics and six-hour stretches of hopping in and out of a sauna. She lost 19 pounds, which as she joked, rebounded to her rear end “almost immediately.”
Rob Cooper, 39, from Edmonton, Alberta, who dropped to 187 pounds from 475 pounds on his own, said that the show can be counterproductive. According to his logic, if you’re losing two pounds a week and you’re watching “The Biggest Loser,” you probably think your diet is going horribly. If you lose two pounds a week and you’re not watching the show, you probably think your diet is going great.
Mr. Cooper, who is now a motivational coach, lost his weight over three years, first by introducing whole foods to his diet, then adding exercise. In his view, drastic weight loss depends on a deep motivation to take care of oneself, plus a sense of accomplishment as the pounds slip off.
The television show “can actually depress a lot of people,” Mr. Cooper said, especially when their steady weight loss cannot compare to the double-digit zingers on the screen. “That’s the opposite of what you want,” he said.
So if, for whatever reason, you’re out there trying to lose weight, don’t compare yourself to contestants on a reality show with more time, more resources, and cameras pointed at them at all times. Be healthy, be happy, and give yourself a break once in a while, okay?
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