When watching the Biggest Loser, viewers get the impression that this how people get in shape, lose unhealthy body fat, and never go back to their old self destructive ways. What many people don’t understand is that these contestants are literally spending several weeks away from their family in an isolated environment surrounded by trainers that push them relentlessly. There is a significant emphasis on grueling high-intensity, high-risk exercises that many, if not all of these contestants have never done in their lifetime. This is not smart and will most likely cause injuries. The best way for overweight and deconditioned people to transform their bodies is to do low-impact daily exercise like walking and swimming.
The biggest component for real weight loss is what people put in their mouths. The best way to start is transitioning from high processed, high sugar, high carbohydrate foods, to plant foods, lean proteins, and good quality fats. This is not only my opinion, but that of clinical research. Don’t get me wrong: I’m so excited to see these contestants become better people physically, emotionally, and spiritually, but I know that the majority of people out there would have a disastrous time completing an episode of The Biggest Loser. Remember, as I’ve said hundreds of times in my office: permanent weight loss is a result of gradual permanent change and that starts with knowledge. No pain does not necessarily mean no gain.