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A man who lost 50 pounds in a month.

Ok, so I was watching some type of reality show last night about make-overs, and this man actually had to lose 50 pounds in a month. And he did!

I thought this was physically impossible, but I guess not. The doctor who supervised his weight-loss actually said that weight-loss has nothing to do this calories or carbs, etc., it's just all about the body chemistry and what you eat. I want to know about this body chemistry stuff!

Does anyone have any information about this or know how it may have happened?


Tue. Jul 17, 11:07am

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If you eat a diet that is basically all plant-based, and low in fats (even the "good" ones) it is possible to lose a lot of weight relatively quickly. A good book on this subject is "Eat to Live" by Joel Fuhrman, which discusses how different foods affect your weight as well as your health.

Tuesday, July 17, 2007, 11:28 AM

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yeah, i have also turned to 'reality" tv to inform myself about the latest, safest approaches to long-term weight loss. everyone knows that what you see on those type of shows is in fact real.

Tuesday, July 17, 2007, 11:38 AM

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Your sarcasm is irritating. If you think it's not possible, give a reason why, and support your statements with info to back them up. I'm waiting...

Tuesday, July 17, 2007, 12:06 PM

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for crying out loud!

give me a doctor to supervise my health, a trainer to kick my ass every day, a chef to prepare all my food, and a nutritionist/scientist to measure my BMI and feed me according to my lean muscle mass and I'll lose weight fast.



Tuesday, July 17, 2007, 12:13 PM

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Everyone knows that, smart a**. All of us would, and all of us know it. Some of us know how to do it without all those people. Those are the people I am talking to.
I'm asking about the Bpdy Chemistry topic. What foods would one eat?

Tuesday, July 17, 2007, 3:48 PM

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The doc who said "it's not about the carbs or the calories" could only say that b/c the calories were low due to the foods he picked. You cannot eat thousands of calories and lose weight, it is scientifically impossible, no matter what the combination of food.

Within a restricted calorie range, there are some foods that will help you reach your goals faster than others. That is what he meant by "body chemistry," not that you can eat unlimited amounts of certain foods, unless the foods have almost no calories, or aren't digestable.

Tuesday, July 17, 2007, 4:27 PM

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You can loose 50 in one month. Im living proof. Yes its dramatic but I needed to do it for my health. On July 19, 07 I went to the doctor and found out that in the last 2 months I went over 300 from 290 pounds. I knew I was in need of loosing weight but the 300 mark! Since then today August 15, I have lost a total of 44 pounds and will get the last 6 off in the next 4 days. What Ive ate? 97% fat free turkey sandwiches on 100% whole wheat bread. The turkey is 25 Cals per slice, the bread is 40 Cals per slice, with miracle whip at 40 cals per teaspoon thats a total of around 150 calorie sandwich and at 1 in the morning and 2 for dinner thats a total of 450 calories for a day. Drink water no sodas or tea or coffee. I work outside so Im in the heat of the day. I work 40 hours a week and feel fine. The first week yes i was hungry but after that my stomach shrank and Im feeling OK after that. No Im not hungry as I was before I started. Im at 266 now and down from a whopping 310 pounds! My goal is to get down to 180 with dropping 50#s the first month 35#s the second 20#s the 3rd and on the 4th month 10#s so Im tapering it off at the end. That's 115 pounds in 4 months. Yes it can be done its will power just like quiting smoking, drinking or what ever you do. Put your mind to it and you'll be surprised what you can do. Oh and dont think thats all Ive ate this last month. Ive ate green beans and corn without the salt or butter. Don't eat after 6pm at night if you do find yourself hungry eat a halve cup of oatmeal NO Sugar! but make sure you eat it 2 hours before you go to bed. Keep your fat to 2-5 per day as your carbs also. If you thought this was fast? I got a friend that has gone the 40 day fast and has lost 60 pound only thing he ate? Fruit and honey no meat, no bread, no sugar but what in the fruit. True

Thursday, August 16, 2007, 7:49 PM

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Oh I'm the one from above. I have not lost muscle mass either. I can still bench 180 pounds as before. What happened to the weight? I can tell you how many days Ive gone home after work soaking wet from my shirt to my socks and pants. The last 3 weeks here in Atlanta has been over 100 degrees everyday. That's why Im putting the lower weight lost over each month. Once at my goal I eat a 1200 cal diet and make sure I stay active. How I gained this weight you ask. I stopped smoking about 13 years ago and added 10 pound each year. Also sitting at this thing for the last 5 years haven't helped get out from behind your computer get outside and enjoy the real life not the cyber world. Computers can kill! :)

Thursday, August 16, 2007, 7:59 PM

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Alright dude....450 cals a day and only bread, mayo, and turkey? Ummmmm ever heard of malnutrition??? You need fruit and vegetables. You probably have dandruff and saggy skin, undereye circles, and other nasty stuff that I can imagine......right?

I, on the other hand, prefer to do this the healthy and slow -- and maintainable --- way.



Thursday, August 16, 2007, 8:38 PM

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There's more than 1 way to lose 50 lbs in a month. Chemotherapy comes to mind. Or untreated cancer. Just because someone can lose that much weight in 30 days doesn't mean it's healthy, or that it won't come back on very soon. Hasn't one of the Biggest Loser winners gained a lot of weight back?

Friday, August 17, 2007, 1:54 AM

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Judging from the reunion show where only 14 of the 42 participants from the first 3 seasons actually appeared, I'd say that most of them porked right back up. Heck, several of the ones who did appear were on their way back up.

Wednesday, January 30, 2008, 10:21 PM

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You could try a vegan diet. I'm considering it. You would eat whole grains, fruit, veggies, and nuts.

Anyone here a vegan?

Thursday, January 31, 2008, 10:36 AM

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Any real expert in diet or exercise would say that it isn't safe to lose that much in such a short time. The exception is someone who has a huge amount of weight to lose, say like 200+. The heavier you are, the more restricted diet, the more exercise, that person could very well lose 50 in a month. The typical person, say with 25-50 pounds to lose would never be able to do that, and if they did with the help of not working a job, having a personal trainer and working out 5-6 hours a day, a personal chef the minute they stopped and all that went away and they were back in the real world they would gain it back. There is a reason so many experts recommend a slow and steady loss of 1-2 pounds a week. It helps you to maintain it and makes you more aware of changing your eating habits. Weight loss that comes off slowly is a life style change, since you need to instill behavior changes. So can a person who has 200+ lose 50 pounds in a month, yes, if they eat very little, exercise and stick with it. Is it really a healthy way to lose, no.

Thursday, January 31, 2008, 12:43 PM

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11:38 would you stop with your "stinging" one liners on all these posts, please do us all a favor and get some help, figure out what is lacking in your life so you can stop getting off on shooting people down.

Friday, February 01, 2008, 11:51 PM

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Um...11:51...that post was from JULY.
How likely is it that it's the same stinger 7 months later?
Thanks for proving that humorless = brainless.

Saturday, February 02, 2008, 12:00 AM

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I know some one who really lost a lot of weight on raw food diet--but not everyone can take a raw food diet at 100 percent ---- start at 50 go to 75 then to 100 and they claim it is hard to eat your some amount after 100 days

Saturday, February 09, 2008, 7:50 PM

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The poster who said that people who are heavier lose weight more easily was right. It's a physical evidence (they carry more weight than smaller people) so they burn more calories. That's why the last 5 pound are the hardest to lose.

I was hospitalized once and I asked for a 1500 kcal diet. There was a girl there who weighed around 300-400 pounds (I weighed around 130), by the end of two weeks I've lost 4.4 lbswhereas she's lost 13! On the top of that she ate a lot of other things besides the food they gave us at hospital. They were all healthy things like low-fat yogurts, low-calorie drinks, muesli-bars, but still they would add up to some extra 200-500 kcals...

So losing 50 pounds can happen if you are above 200 lbs, otherwise it's impossible, and yes unhealthy, not to mention your skin(&your boobs...;)

Sunday, February 10, 2008, 1:43 PM

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very interested in the people who go on the biggest loser and gain it all back. Is this true?

Friday, January 02, 2009, 2:13 AM

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A few have. I think they said the first season's winner gained it all back. Another winner put back on 50 pounds, maybe. There were a few of them. Statistically, it's bound to happen. And, I think one of the trainers pointed out that the season one guy was a big game player, so it was more about winning vs. learning and making a real change.

Friday, January 02, 2009, 10:27 AM

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50lbs in 30 days

Alright, I have read a lot about his and quite honestly it has sparked my interest, so therefore I will give it a shot. 50lbs in 30 days and see what happens. Is it unhealthy... absolutetly, will it mostly be water weight.... probably, will I lose muscle mass and look like I just arrived from a holocaust... maybe, am i insane enough to still try it to test its validity... absolutetly.

so today is may 20,2009 and i will start tomorrow may 21, 2009 until june 20,2009 and see for myself if it's at all possible, how effective and how mentally insane it actually is to do it

Thursday, May 21, 2009, 7:29 PM

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50 lbs in 30 days

I would never make it through this. I think its crazy! I already feel like a chubby bubby and then I'm going to add looking like death to that? No thanks!

Friday, May 22, 2009, 2:10 PM

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50 pounds in 30 days

Yeah, I would say that most of the people that lost all that weight will gain it all back. It's not the fault of the plan, or the show, or the trainers either. Basically you took these people out of their regular routines, and put them in an isolated environment for a limited amount of time to see how much they could lose as fast as possible. And for money. Remember that people will do just about anything for money.

Now, what happens when their time is up and they go back home? They go back to their families, get settled back to their old routine, old job, time with their friends & family, get readjusted back to the way things were and voila. It only makes sense they are going back to the exact same things they did before. Really nothing has changed, they just were in a different environment for a short while.

Emotionally and mentally they adjusted to the sudden drastic change by internalizing that this is just for a short period of time. Time away from friends/family/etc. That also means the mind and body was treating the experience as a whole as for just a short period of time, only temporary. It's only natural that once they return to every day life the rest will follow suit.

I'm not knocking the show in any way shape or form. I think broadcasting something that gets people motivated to lose weight is tremendously beneficial. And even if only 10% of the group actually keeps that weight off permanently, that's 10% better than they all had been doing before the show. For some folks the biggest loser is the only real way they will be able to make those changes. My only real gripe with the show is follow up. There are deep seeded reasons people gain the weight. And the show doesn't really have the time during the show to address the issues to help them keep the weight off. Unless someone is there after the show to help them re-adjust the weight certainly will return.

I think a better plan than what they do would be to bring Biggest Loser into the home. Meaning, have regions of the country compete for the heaviest region of America. And then have the cast & crew go out to that region for 3 months to film the show. Make all of this a part of their home and way of life. I think then you would see much different results a year later.

How you would do this is have the contestants all have to meet at a gym that is near everyone that is on the show. That way the show could make sure all the equipment they need is readily available. Alternatively they could rent the equipment and space for a period of 6 months or a year, or just buy it and take it around to different cities.

And then you can still have all the contestants in a semi isolated environment but in their own home. That way the temptations of life wouldn't be there, but the family support would be. Friends & family have to be involved every step of the way. I think then you would see some pretty phenomenal changes that would last a lifetime.



Tuesday, September 15, 2009, 2:49 PM

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No everyone gains back all the weight on Biggest Loser. I think Jillian Michaels has said that the percentage of contestants who gain back weight is STILL lower than what the typical rate is for the general population.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009, 4:59 PM

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Well...

... The problem with a plant-and-only-plant-based diet is you don't get the enzymes you need from meat to keep your body from weakening your muscles and eventually rendering you malnourished. Meat isn't all fat and grease and terrible for you, in fact a well cut and tendered steak without seasonings or sauces is the healthiest thing on the planet, God given fact.
What you should do is go out and buy yourself some red meat and white meat, preferably steaks and fish(Mainly tilapia fillets), Plan out the first three weeks in advance, eat nothing but red and white meats and salad (and alternate between fish and steak during those entire three weeks) all the while hitting the weights(And/or pool) at the gym or at home. Before working out you could make Creatine water(Pour some warm water and stir in a serving of creatine and down it) This will reduce lactic acid build up and therefore reduce fatigue. If you don't go for the whole "Creatine" and supplement thing, one thing you can do to reduce lactic acid is alternate between exercises with one to two minutes of recovery time between said alternation. Take two hour work out days to start, and work out three times a week. If you really dedicate to your schedule then you should lose 40-50 lbs in a month or two.

Sunday, November 22, 2009, 7:03 AM

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ok I want to try this

ok I know this post was back in 2007 and I cant find an update post to see how this guy's results really turned out but I want to try. I will start Oct 1st and end Oct 31st, wish me luck

Wednesday, September 29, 2010, 1:55 PM

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my

thisi is really amazing

Wednesday, September 29, 2010, 5:05 PM

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If you really go vegan you can do this but most people can't stick with something so strict. It also depends on how large you were when you started.

Sunday, October 03, 2010, 9:21 PM

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Do you think this diet cld work for an 8yr old. My son is eight years
old and loves football. This year he cant play because he has too much weight to loose. He has to loose fifty pounds in order to play and suit up. Do you think this is possible and could be done by the begining of september.

Sunday, August 14, 2011, 11:33 AM

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I have an eight yr old that has to loose fifty lbs by september in order to play football. Right now hes on a salad and water diet. Two plain salads for breakfast and lunch, and a salad with tuna or grilled chicken for dinner. He doesnt eat past 6pm. Do you think its possible

Sunday, August 14, 2011, 11:38 AM

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No! Yikes! Even if your 8-year-old son could lose 50 pounds in a month it would be extremely unhealthy for him. It's great that he's not eating a ton of sugar, but he needs a balanced diet. You need to talk to a doctor and a nutritionist about your son's health (as a growing boy, his nutritional needs are very different from that of an adult woman) and about your family's meal plan.

Generally the goal with young children is to keep them at the same weight while they grow into it, getting taller and losing fat while building bone and muscle.

Sunday, August 14, 2011, 1:51 PM

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I think the 11:33AM and 11:38AM people both need to be reported for child abuse. How dare you bring a child into this world and then do that to them!

I thought the whole point of the website was being healthy?!?! Why is this crap not monitored?

Tuesday, August 16, 2011, 6:46 AM

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The Biggest Loser contestants are monitored so that the weight they lose doesn't kill their organs.

Go on a vegan diet straight and don't do it gradually and you will lose a ton of weight fast, but you'll also lose your gall bladder and screw up your pancreas and liver. Gain it back just as fast or even go back to eating normal and become diabetic because your pancreas can no longer efficiently pump insulin, and since you will have had surgery to remove your inflamed gall bladder, the fat you eat won't be emulsified and it will be even harder to lose weight/maintain.

I'm a nurse and I see the long-term effects of yo-yo dieting all too often. You're asking for it if you go this route. It's harsh but true.

Thursday, August 18, 2011, 11:32 PM

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