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I've started watching reruns of the biggest loser on WE. I like the show and it's part of what inspired me to get going with getting back in shape. My question is this- everything i've read says to take it slow with weight loss (1-2 pounds a week) but people on the show will sometimes lose 10-15-20 pounds in a week. Is this healthy? Is is only okay if you're significantly overweight?
Just curious.

Fri. Jun 8, 2:41pm

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weight loss and Reality TV

They don't show you the food they eat, they also don't tell you/show you that they workout for 8 hours or more everyday. It's a fast loss, but as you saw on the Today show, the guy who won last season on the "biggest loser" didn't keep it off... long term. It's about facing your eating demons and learning to make healthy choices forever.

Losing weight is all about a lifestyle change, For Life! Making good habits last for a lifetime, not just for a few months, etc... Everyday for the rest of your life!... not just, "till I lose the weight and then go back to old habits."
Weight loss is just a perk of keeping to the routine. Keep at it and you will see results.

Friday, June 08, 2007, 3:02 PM

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And I don't think their "week" is 7 days.

Friday, June 08, 2007, 3:15 PM

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When is the show on? I live in NY I caught a series once and loved it!

Friday, June 08, 2007, 3:15 PM

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TV Listing in NYC

The Style Channel on Time Warner cable channel 118 at 7:00 7:20 and 8:00

Friday, June 08, 2007, 9:17 PM

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Sorry- Style Channel, not WE. Also, as a response to an earlier comment. Watching an episode they revealed that the prescribed daily calorie intake is 1200-1500 depending on size. I'm sure they're working out incredibly hard, but I'm not sure if this is unhealthy per se.

Sunday, June 10, 2007, 12:36 AM

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I don't think it is healthy, they are not eatting enough calories for the amount of working out they do. Also, they do not drink enough water. There was an article in TIME last week about a few of the former contestents. One said that the night before the last weigh in she spent it going in and out of a sauna to burn calories and only at Jello (can't remember for how long). Another one said that after going home and drinking water he gained 20? lbs. Another one has regained almost everything except 30 lbs. Most people in the real world can not workout 4+ hours a day and stick to such low calories. That being said, is it healthy to lose more than 2 lbs in a week, I guess it can be, depending on how much you have to lose and how you do it. Or, if your on a program with your Dr. People whose lose weight slowly tend to keep it off. Good luck and please don't do anything extreme or dangerous.

Sunday, June 10, 2007, 9:51 AM

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I'm a huge fan of the show, too. But I realize it IS a TV show and a contest after all. I've read that they work out 4-6 hours a day and have really low caloric intakes. I actually purchased the book after season 2 and was somehow less thrilled with the whole thing when it suggested I multiply my current weight by 7 to get my daily caloric intake. of right now that would be less than 1000. I put the book down. :)

Monday, June 11, 2007, 12:14 AM

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If your heavier you tend to lose more especially if you've never excercised in your life because your moving more mass in your body plus the shock of change in diet and the workout heavier people tend to lose more weight but as you get to a more sensible weight your weight loss in terms of pounds go down.

Monday, June 11, 2007, 5:51 AM

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Realistic Diet

Here is a sample 1600 calorie meal plan from Tom Venuto's book Burn The Fat, Feed The Muscle:

Meal #1
Food Item Quantity Calories Pro (g) Carbs (g) Fat (g)
oatmeal, quaker oats 2/3 cup 200 10 36 4
Whey protein powder 1.5 scoops 135 26.2 3 2.5
orange 1 med 60 0 15 0
Meal #1 Subtotals: 395 36.2 54 6.5

Meal #2
Food Item Quantity Calories Pro (g) Carbs (g) Fat (g)
oatmeal, quaker oats 2/3 cup 200 10 36 4
egg whites (scrambled) 4 68 14 1.8 0
egg, whole 1 75 6.3 0.6 5
Meal #2 subtotals: 343 30.3 38.4 9

Meal #3
Food Item Quantity Calories Pro (g) Carbs (g) Fat (g)
brown rice 3/4 cup 154 3 30 0
chicken breast 3 oz 143 26.5 0 3.8
green beans 6 oz 50 2 12 0
meal #3 subtotals: 347 31.5 42 3.8

Meal #4
Food Item Quantity Calories Pro (g) Carbs (g) Fat (g)
salmon 4 oz 206 28.8 0 5.8
broccoli 1 cup 46 4.6 8.6 0.4
meal #4 subtotals: 252 33.4 8.6 6.2

Meal #5
Food Item Quantity Calories Pro (g) Carbs (g) Fat (g)
chicken breast 3 oz 143 26.5 0 3.8
light italian dressing 3 tbsp 12 0 3 0
Large mixed green salad 2.0 cups 40 0 10 0
flaxseed oil (supplement) 1/2 tbsp 65 0 0 7
meal #5 subtotals: 260 26.5 13 10.8

Per Meal Averages: 319.4 Calories
Calories Pro (g) Carbs (g) Fat (g)
Grand Totals: 1597 157.9 156 36.3

As you can see here, that is Hardly a starvation diet so it is very doable for anyone attempting to burn fat and build muscle. All 5 meals should be eaten throughout the day.

Also, they are working out 5+ hours a day, a combination of cardio, strength and resistance training. 1 hour on their own + 4 hours with their trainer. They are working with doctors, nutritionists and personal fitness trainers to get optimal results. I hope this helps with many of your questions.

Tuesday, July 03, 2007, 12:45 PM

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Biggest loser weight loss

I don't think it is healthy to lose more than two pounds a week. These people are losing more because they are involved with vigorous physical exercise that most of us cannot do for one reason or another.
Stick to two pounds a week, your heart will thank you. Remember, you didn't get fat overnight.

Tuesday, July 03, 2007, 12:56 PM

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