“Biggest Loser” Contestants Retain Low Resting Metabolism

 

Today we are discussing how your metabolic rate can not only remain low, but fall even lower despite copious amounts of weight loss. On the show “The Biggest Loser”, grossly obese men and women try to win a cash prize for losing the largest amount of weight. A long-term study from the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, followed 14 contestants to see how they did over the years. They started out well, losing an average of 130 pounds on the show, but after 6 years they had regained approximately 90 pounds. The rate of their caloric expenditure (their resting metabolic rate) had decreased by 610 calories per day by the end of the study – and 6 years later, it had fallen even further.  Obesity is a complex problem which cannot be solved by competition. Long-term, lifelong changes must be made and realistic goals must always be on the horizon. 

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