Biggest Loser?…Or NOT?

My sister recently sent me this article on the show Biggest Loser which I used to be an avid watcher of.  I was always fascinated with each contestants personal story of how they got where they were and even more the underlying emotional issues that seemed to surface only when Julian kicked their ass and “broke” them so to speak.  I was enthralled with her determination and deep sense of empathy cause she had been there and she “got it”.  I was also saddened and disappointed to learn that 80% of the contestants gained their weight back and sometimes even more!  I thought how could that be?  They endured SO much to get to their goal weight how could they ever gain it back?

The article attempts to address this very issue but I find SO many things wrong with with it I just had to rant.  Never once in the course of this show did anyone ever address food allergies.  Instead the trainers (NOT the dietitian…and yes, they had one on staff, I know cause I emailed her) recommended low calorie, low fat EVERYTHING, low fat glasses of milk, low fat cheese, low fat mayo, whole grain bread and MICROWAVING!  Don’t even get me started on that topic!  If you take one look at Sean Algaier, the 36 year old worship pastor from Charlotte, NC what is the most obvious thing you see with his face?  RED CHEEKS!  In fact, the reddest cheeks I have seen in a while.  Why is that significant?  Cause in Chinese face reading cheeks = stomach/intestine and red = inflammation.  Funny how this picture shows him taking communion and both red wine (high in histamine/mold/sulfites) and the communion wafer (likely glyphosate sprayed wheat) are both the very things that are probably contributing to his inflammation.  Why is inflammation important?  Because it is the precursor for every disease state known to mankind and, inflammation = weight gain.  I always said, IF they got me on the show I would be the “Jillian of food” and her words could have easily been mine “Do you know how easy it would be to tell people what they want to hear? It would be heaven! But, unfortunately, it doesn’t get the job done.”

Another HUGE topic that is not being addressed in this article is the thyroid.  I know they have to be measuring it but GOD only knows WHAT they are measuring.  TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone) is a very poor indicator of overall thyroid health (perhaps 5%).  You should also measure Free T4, Free T3 and something called Reverse T3.  Reverse T3 is critical because in times of stress (in the old days, this was starvation) the Reverse T3 ramps up to try to protect the body from wasting.  After the stress is over it takes sometime to convince the body that it isn’t going to starve again.  If Reverse T3 is elevated it prevents Free T3 (the active form of the thyroid hormone) from binding to its receptor sites and thus producing a therapeutic response (in this case increasing metabolism).  In the case of the biggest loser’s the stress would be the workouts and the starvation would be the “diet”.

When Mr. Cahill describes his routine to lose one pound a day as “Wake up at 5 a.m. and run on a treadmill for 45 minutes. Have breakfast — typically one egg and two egg whites, half a grapefruit and a piece of sprouted grain toast. Run on the treadmill for another 45 minutes. Rest for 40 minutes; bike ride nine miles to a gym. Work out for two and a half hours. Shower, ride home, eat lunch — typically a grilled skinless chicken breast, a cup of broccoli and 10 spears of asparagus. Rest for an hour. Drive to the gym for another round of exercise.” I am EXHAUSTED (and boored) just listening!

Which leads me to the next issue…ADRENALS!  If you don’t treat them kindly don’t expect them to support you.  And since thyroid and adrenals are closely connected if one is not on board the other wont be either.  After punishing his body with the above Danny says “He was so mentally and physically exhausted he barely moved for two weeks after his publicity tour ended.”  NO SHIT SHERLOCK!  If it isn’t sustainable don’t do it!

Over and over the trainer recommending cutting calories but Dr. Ludwig said that “simply cutting calories was not the answer.” DUH is all I can say.  If I hear one more “calories in calories out statement” as the answer to weight loss, I am going to scream!  CLEARLY we have proven that is not the case!  It is not the calories, it is the QUALITY of the food (WTF is Danny eating chips for?) , exercise levels, emotional, mental and spiritual attitude and your belief.  I add that last one cause I am a big believer that if you THINK you are fat you will be fat and many of the contestants held that belief from a very young age.

SO…what is the answer?  SLOW SUSTAINED WEIGHT LOSS!  If you kick your ass, your adrenals will kick you back and your thyroid will ramp up Reverse T3 making your efforts difficult if not impossible to maintain.  Also work with a qualified EXPERT to determine food allergies and last but not least, BELIEVE you deserve to feel and look your best no matter what weight that is.

 

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1 Response to Biggest Loser?…Or NOT?

  1. Rayna Saslove says:

    nice!

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