Remember the TV show called The Biggest Loser?
Well, it turns out that The Biggest Loser was the biggest failure.
Okay, here’s what happened. People would go on the biggest loser. They’d go on these crash diets, they’d go to the gym, they’d work out like crazy and they’d lose massive amounts of weight on the show.
It was pretty exciting. Everybody loved to watch how these people lost huge amounts of weight. But how did they do after the TV show? Well, almost all of them gained the weight back.
They may have stayed maybe 10 pounds below their pre-show weight in some cases, but they basically gained all the weight back.
They went back to being obese. They went back to being miserable. And what’s worse is they did lasting damage to their metabolism in the process.
There was a study on the contestants of the biggest loser to see how well they did afterward. In this study, researchers tracked the basal metabolic rate of the participants after the show. They expected that their basal metabolic rates would go down slightly, because if you lose weight you need fewer calories.
But the basal metabolic rates of the people on this show didn’t just dip, they plummeted. They went through the floor way more than you’d expect just because of the weight they lost.
And when they gained the weight back, what happened? Well, they did not gain their metabolism back. Their metabolisms remained impaired even years after the show.
So what’s going on? Why did that happen? Well, we can look to one contestant who did not have this happen.
One contestant had bariatric surgery after the show and that contestant saw his metabolism go up and he kept off way more weight than any of the others. Read on to find out why…
Why Bariatric Surgery Saved One Contestant’s Metabolism
Each of us has what is called a set point, the weight at which your body thinks you need to be at. And regardless of how many calories you eat and how many calories you burn, your body will naturally adjust your metabolism to get you to this set point.
Now, here’s what’s happening.
With the Standard American Diet and lifestyle, people are eating frequent small meals throughout the day and diets high in processed carbohydrates.
This triggers your brain into thinking that you should have a high body weight or high set point.
As a result, this programs those of us who are genetically susceptible to it, to be obese.
When we’re programmed to be obese by our diet, it doesn’t actually matter how many calories we eat. Our bodies will do whatever it takes to put us at the weight it thinks we should be at. This drives up our hunger and drives down our metabolism because our brain is actually trying to make us obese.
That’s what they were doing with the crash diets on The Biggest Loser.
Luckily, bariatric surgery alters those hormone levels, enabling us to reprogram our set point to be lower.
This study clearly shows that obesity is a hormonal problem. That it is far from being a simple problem of calories in, calories out.
Jillian Michael loves to go on the media and talk about how calories are what matters. And she loves to trash low-carb diets.
But the reality is, if you look at the results from our show, Jillian Michaels’ diet plan is a failure.
After learning the truth behind this, I was able to take those principles and apply them to myself.
With that knowledge, I was finally able to break through my weight loss plateau and lose another 50 pounds after bariatric surgery.
Best of all, I finally ended my lifelong struggle with constant hunger and food guilt.