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The Biggest Loser Contestants – How They Really Lose Weight

The Biggest Loser is over for another season, and there have been buckets of fat lost but how healthy is their weight loss?

In a previous post I outlined my concerns about The Biggest Loser diet products and how it does not promote healthy, sustainable weight loss, but now it has been revealed how some of the contestants bring in the big weight loss numbers each week.

In an article about the Lara and Leigh relationship situation Woman’s Day also write about what can happen to gain weight loss in the house.

They write:

In a desperate bid to survive and elimination from The Biggest Loser, contestants often dehydrate before a big weigh-in, Woman’s Day can reveal.

“They frequently cut down or stop drinking liquids two days before they step on the scales,” an insider explains. “If you do it right you can drop another two kilos and that may mean staying another week.”

With such a massive cash prize on the line, losing weight in a healthy way often becomes secondary. This year one team were known to eat well below the kilojoule intake recommended by their trainer.

“They were practically starving themselves and you rarely saw them go to the gym because they had no energy,” our source says. “When they did train, they were so malnourished they almost fainted.”

Even after the series ended, the extreme measures continued. After bingeing on lollies and chocolate at The Biggest Loser after-party, two contestants were also seen heading to the toilets and then overheard throwing up.

Other teams believed the Reds (Challenors) and the Blacks (Moons) had a secret alliance and helped each other get to the finals this season.

Rumours were also rife that one team had an insider in the house who gave crucial details before a challenge so they could train for it beforehand.

It would be interesting to know the trainers views on this, do they subtly condone these practices so their team members get to stay in the competition?

“The other contestants hated that they had that edge, ” says a rival contender. “Even when producers insisted that they tell them where the information was coming from, they wouldn’t spill.”

18 comments

1 brain dead dave { 05.13.11 at 2:33 pm }

Friggin’ whales. They’re living for lucre and lard.

The show has never been about healthy weight loss.

2 Culinary Boner { 05.13.11 at 3:09 pm }

There’s more than one way for a bloke to lose a load, or so I’m told.

3 AngelSN86 { 05.13.11 at 3:18 pm }

Does anyone know who any of those claims are aimed at specifically?

4 librarygirl { 05.13.11 at 4:07 pm }

I thought Lara showed signs of having developed a really unhealthy attitiude to food by the end of the series – classic eating disorder stuff.

5 littlepetal { 05.13.11 at 4:16 pm }

This is nothing new. Bob and Gillian taught the previous contestants how to do it and also how to water-load when they have immunity.

I am sure Michelle and Shannan knew what is happening. I am not sure about Commando as his girls are not losing as much weight as the others.

With the Duncans, Tiffiny’s diet is crap. You can’t eat that little and exercise in high intensity. Of course they have no energy to exercise.

6 littlepetal { 05.13.11 at 4:19 pm }

Only Joe has an alliance with the Moon and I don’t think Joe help them to the finals. They got to the final were because they were not a threat as they are not losing big numbers and they were too far behind in term of total percentage weight loss.

Why don’t they say that the Blue and White teams were in alliance from Day 1!!

7 Wurstsemmel { 05.13.11 at 4:23 pm }

The hypocrisy of someone like Michelle really gets to me. Read in the SMH magazine her rants about how people should take control and manage their eating while she’s involved in all this crap…and you don’t have to be a rocket scientist to figure out that TBL has absolutely nothing to do with changing weight in a healthy way.
Once I saw tlem plugging the meal replacements, their credibility went straight out the door.

8 sourkraut { 05.13.11 at 4:50 pm }

How to lose 20 kilos of ugly fat…..cut off the head!

9 Reality Raver { 05.13.11 at 9:44 pm }

Library Girl – agree – the temptation challenge where they were locked in a room for 24 hrs, and she only ate a muffin and coffee, that is not a full days worth of calories even on a diet.

10 PollyB { 05.13.11 at 10:53 pm }

I put on 10-13 kilos last year when i quit the fags (20% + of body weight) within 3 months. Dis-gust-ing. Turns out – no fags = crave every different form of sugar/salt/fat. Through kilojoule counting and some exercise/yoga (much hated and never before needed self discipline!!) I’m almost back to ‘normal’. Point being – I’ve never been ‘physical’ as such and don’t know how these guys could train excessively and eat comparatively nothing. And by comparison, they were f*cking man mountains.

11 Molly { 03.07.12 at 6:56 pm }

Look guys, I have explained this to many people on the forums, nobody gives a fat rats about whether you watch the show or not. Dont go spreading stuff like that. It wouldnt surprise me if they vomited, they were drinking you know! Drinking too much will make you vomit!! End of story!! Every time, I’m saying the same things to the same type of people. As for diet, well eating Maccas every meal’s, not exactly a weightloss diet is it? Question, go look in the mirror, in between your ears, inside your head…. USE IT!!! Of course quitting smoking is going to cause weight gain, the f—– fags break down muscle. I’m in yr 11 human bio and even i knew that…. when I was like 7!!! There is a simple lesson to be learned here, watch whatever you like…. but I will tear you to shreds if you start complaining on the internet…. please, ten year olds anybody? Sorry, youre a bit simple aren’t you? Here, as even people of your intelluctal level can understand STOP ACTING LIKE YOUNG CHILDREN IF YOU CLAIM TO BE ADULTS!!!

12 Molly { 03.07.12 at 7:05 pm }

Something to add, polly smoking does not mean your a discplined person.

13 littlepetal { 03.07.12 at 7:05 pm }

What are you going on about Molly?

14 brain dead dave { 03.07.12 at 7:20 pm }

Hey Molly,watch what you say to us “intelluctals”. Based on the drivel you’ve provided ,you’d be flat out tearing a tissue apart.

15 Andrea { 03.07.12 at 7:22 pm }

Molly it must be nice to be in year 11 and know everything! This is a forum for everyone to express their opinions without being “torn to Shreds” for it. Polly said nothing wrong and many of us have been around a lot longer than you and we are definitely not simple! Oh and by the way, you spelt intellectual wrong.

16 Georgie { 03.07.12 at 7:53 pm }

I thought children in school these days were being taught about the dangers of cyber bullying – drop dead Molly!

17 Holly { 04.25.12 at 8:22 pm }

That’s because the Moon family had a secret weapon…. Sleeping with the camera man!

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