When dieters are looking for good weight loss programs, they often use the long-running TV show “The Biggest Loser” for inspiration. Not only is it engaging reality television, but the contestants melt enormous amounts of hated fat within a short period of time. Isn’t that the way we all want to lose weight?
Be careful what you wish for. We now have scientific evidence from Biggest Loser season 8 participants that severe weight loss programs permanently slow your metabolism and make it very difficult to maintain a normal weight after the miraculous weight loss. Case in point: Danny Cahill. He shed 239 lbs. in only seven months, or about 8.5 lbs. per week. Sounds enviable, doesn’t it? The problem is that he regained about 100 lbs. in the six years after the competition. Worse yet, one of the side-effects of the rapid weight loss was that Danny’s metabolism slowed considerably and never recovered. End result: Danny is now saddled with a body that burns 800 fewer calories per day that a typical man of his size.
Think twice before you go on a severe calorie deprivation. This research demonstrates that you do permanent damage to your body when you fall for a quick weight loss scheme. These types of weight loss diets inevitably lead to the weight coming back on, probably with an additional cushion of fat, and an impaired ability to eat a normal amount of food.
Don’t do this to yourself! As tempting as these types of diets can be in this immediate gratification society, the feel-good is short-lived and the long lasting metabolic slowdown will make it harder to ever than ever to maintain a healthy weight.
Good weight loss programs aim for a loss of 1-2 lbs. per week, focus on permanent lifestyle change, and emphasize mindful eating for portion control.
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