The Disturbing Truth About 'The Biggest Loser'

The Biggest Loser Revealed

The Biggest Loser has been a hit show on NBC for the past 12 years, helping struggling food addicts change their bodies and lives forever...or so we all thought. And while training for 8 hours a day while on the show helped them shed pounds like crazy, it seems that was only a temporary fix.
The Biggest Loser Revealed

Ali Vincent

The shows first female winner Ali Vincent recently shocked the world when she revealed that she'd gained most of the loss weight back after filming the show ended. "On April 16th I did one of the hardest things in my life I joined Weight Watchers and weighed in close to the weight I started at on The Biggest Loser," she wrote in a Facebook post. "I swore I would never be there again, be here again. I couldn’t imagine a day again that I would weigh over 200 pounds. I feel ashamed. I feel embarrassed. I feel overwhelmed. I feel like failure.
Ali Vincent

Everyone Deals With It

But Ali and the rest of the contestants who've gained their weight back shouldn't feel so bad, because a reported 80% of people who lose weight eventually gain it all back! But Why? Well while the contestants metabolism lowered majorly while filming, it eventually stayed that way! "It is frightening and amazing," said researcher Dr. Kevin Hall. "I am just blown away."
Everyone Deals With It

Afraid Of Losing Weight

Your body goes into safety mode when you've lost a major amount of weight, storing any energy it can out of fear it will starve. This makes it extremely hard to burn calories, so a person whose lost 100 lbs must work overtime to keep it off! "The body sees weight loss as an illness," says Dr. Holly Lofton. "The body has mechanisms designed to avoid it happening again."
Afraid Of Losing Weight

Years Later

Doctors noticed that almost six years after losing weight, the bodies metabolism can still be extremely low. "It was as if their bodies were intensifying their effort to pull the contestants back to their original weight," a report says. "When people are regaining weight, I see a lot of guilt, remorse and shame," says Dr. Holly Lofton. "Even when I tell patients, 'It's not you — your body's going through changes to make you regain the weight.'"
Years Later

Regaining Weight Is Unavoidable

Co-creator of The Biggest Loser says if you regain weight, you should "quit complaining and go do something about it. If you have to do an extra spin class and you're not allowed to have the same frappuccino your friends have, boo hoo," Roth said. "I don't have the same sympathy. No one finds it a coincidence that ... the second he started going back to being a surveyor was the moment he put the weight back on?" Roth said. "It's the emotional and mental component of this that no one is dealing with." But is it that simple?
Regaining Weight Is Unavoidable