Season-15 winner Rachel Frederickson’s weight loss is raising questions about how much is too much. Debate about how much weight loss is too much, and whether or not our diet-obsessed culture contributes to unhealthy weight extremes, was recently kicked off by a contestant’s dramatic appearance on the finale of The Biggest Loser.
During the season finale contestant Rachel Frederickson won the coveted title and the $250,000 after shedding 155 pounds (going from 260 to 105, a 60 percent weight loss).
Her appearance also seemed to surprise the series’ trainers Jillian Michaels and Bob Harper, both of whom looked taken aback by her dramatic transformation.
While online commenters were quick to criticize Frederickson, experts argue that this kind of criticism doesn’t do Frederickson any favours but rather contributes to harmful behaviours. According to Lampert, it’s a better idea for people to focus on the factors that influence overall health rather than weight, which is just one factor.
In future seasons, it might make a nice twist for The Biggest Loser to incorporate these more subtle approaches rather than distill success down to a simple numbers game. By clicking "Create Account", I confirm that I have read and understood each of the website terms of service and privacy policy and that I agree to be bound by them.
I would like Chatelaine to send me alerts, event notifications and special deals or information from our carefully screened partners that may be of interest to me. Over the past several years weight loss themed reality shows like ‘The Biggest Loser’ have become increasingly popular but are such shows really helping promote weight loss and a healthy lifestyle? Many of my colleagues in both the personal training, nutrition and medical fields agree that the idea of competitive weight loss is a dangerous one that does little to educate the public on how to lose weight safely and effectively. Needless to say there have been hospitalizations on the show- and numerous instances where contestants suffer cramps, exhaustion and stress fractures from the high workloads. Research has shown definitively that if you lose weight and then regain it you significantly increase the risk of cardiovascular disease. I have seen for myself more and more people feeling like they are failures since their weight loss isn’t as fast or as spectacular as the contestants on the ‘Biggest Loser’ and I have to constantly remind them that weight loss more of a marathon than a sprint and that their modest losses of one to two pounds a week is not only phenomenal but safe, healthy and more likely to be permanent.


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To Lampert that more comprehensive picture takes in things like a healthy diet, and getting sufficient exercise and rest. In the ‘Biggest Loser’ the objective is of course to have the contestants lose as much weight as possible and has made these goals very much a matter of entertaining the public rather than trying to show healthy and realistic methods for long term weight loss that anyone can apply. Much is made over the fastest 100 pound weight loss- some poor soul lost that much in seven weeks, whereas in my two decades of helping people lose weight long term it takes at least nine to twelve months to lose that much weight safely and keep it off. In my own personal training practice I have always been steadfastly against the use of Before and After photos in my marketing campaigns as it sets the stage for highlighting unrealistic weight loss figures and takes away the importance of the individual focusing on achieving their own goals through lifestyle modification rather than trying to make the numbers on the scale go down. This type of programming isn’t inspirational, its voyeuristic- watching someone who is significantly obese try to complete strenuous exercise activities and work out five to six hours a day while following remarkably restrictive diets. The screening process alone requires that potential contestants camp out for hours on end in line for a chance to audition for the show. Many former Biggest Loser contestants have regained some or all of their weight and it isn’t surprising given the unrealistic amount of exercise and the severity of the diets. If you want information on weight loss, you don’t turn on the television in prime time and you have to keep in mind that entertainment is just that no matter how well packaged it is.
Online - Your source for entertainment news, celebrities, celeb news, and celebrity gossip. Her appearance, however, suggests that it may be wise to encourage contestants to adopt a more complete vision of health and wellness.


The most weight lost in a week on the show was 34 pounds, which while may make for compelling television viewing, sends a really bad message to the public in terms of weight loss as studies have shown that individuals who lose weight quickly run the risk of gallstones, mineral deficiencies, loss of muscle tissue and reduced bone density. It also sets the stage for the idea that to lose weight you need to do extreme things like exercise every day for hours on end while starving yourself while studies are increasingly showing that you can actually make more progress following low volume high intensity training which calls for no more than a half hour of exercise a week. Being able to spend eight hours in line for anything is more than most would attempt but it ensures that the contestants, while obese are far more determined than most members of the general population. No one takes into consideration the fact that these individuals actually made their health problems worse by going through such an extreme weight loss process as entertainment, cleverly packaged to look like it is meant to be some form of public service is the end goal at all cost. At the end of the day slow and steady wins the race, without starvation diets and without spending hours every day exercising to exhaustion. Please check your email, click the link to verify your address, and then submit your comment.
The safe rate of one to two pounds of weight loss per week might help someone stay healthy and keep the weight off long term, but it would only get them kicked off the show for not losing weight fast enough.
They are further screened to make sure that there is a ‘Wow factor’ by choosing contestants that are truly obese. If you can't find this email, access your profile editor to re-send the confirmation email.
It wouldn’t be half as entertaining to watch someone that was 10 or twenty pounds overweight on the show and so they opt for most of the contestants to be severely obese.



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