Looking in Depth at the Biggest Loser Paper


This whole series was kicked off after I first read the NY Times article: After ‘The Biggest Loser,’ Their Bodies Fought to Regain Weight, and came away feeling pretty disheartened at the notion that biology is stacked so unfavorably against these Biggest Loser contestants.

That despite their massive weight loss, they would be condemned to an eternity of weight re-gain that would erode all of their substantive weight loss and make leave them more obese than when they started!

The article left me with a few questions which I tried to explore in a followup post, “The Biggest Loser Revisted,” in which I wasn’t quite satisfied with the answers that were provided, so I decided to look at the source material.… Read More

The Biggest Loser Revisited

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After reviewing the NY Times article, “After ‘The Biggest Loser,’ Their Bodies Fought to Regain Weight” things seemed pretty bleak for anyone who’s ever lost weight and wanted to keep it off.

We learned that many of the contestants regained a substantial amount of the weight they lost, and we learned that it was due to a combination of a few factors:

  • Their metabolism slowed down and did not recover even after 6 years
  • Their metabolisms were much slower than expected for their new size
  • Their hunger cravings worsened
  • Their hormonal milieu was all screwed up

This turned out to be one of the most popular NY Times articles EVER and spawned a couple of response articles.… Read More

The Biggest Loser… and Gainer

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A few months ago the New York Times published an article discussing a study that examined the stuggles of “The Biggest Loser” contestants once they complete their stint on the show.  

Here’s the link to the full article: After ‘The Biggest Loser,’ Their Bodies Fought to Regain Weight

Their first example is Danny Cahill, the end of Season 8.  He began the season at 430 lbs and ended it at 191 lbs, for a loss of 239 lbs over the course of 7 months.

Here is his regimen as prescribed by the show went like this:


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“The Secret to Running Forever”

Marathon, black silhouettes of runners on the sunset

The friend that likes to send me articles recently struck again, but thankfully it was a relatively short article from the New Yorker about how two runners have successfully stayed competitive at a world class level beyond the age of 40.

I don’t currently do much running except for the brief running warm up in BJJ or Crossfit, but in high school I was on the cross country team (I always came in last place) and I’ve run a couple marathons in the past (please don’t ask me about my times, they’re embarrassingly slow), so I can relate to a lot of the stumbling blocks runners encounter.… Read More

uBiome Results from April 2016

uBiome April 2016

Back in April I submitted my first uBiome sample and after approximately 3 weeks I got the results back.  Here are the results from that sample.

My knowledge in this area is pretty rudimentary, so there’s not much insight I can offer, so I’ll just go ahead and show you what my results are and the recommendations that were provided.

Of course uBiome makes sure that you click on a statement acknowledging that none of the statements made have been evaluated by the FDA and that the results aren’t intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.… Read More

Someone I know has cancer… and they need help.


Bruce, the older brother of one of my best friends has cancer… and it’s bad.

It’s one of those scary and heartbreaking stories where things are completely fine… until all of a sudden they aren’t.

Where it seems as if the universe, which has gifted you a new job, a new house, and a beautiful family, inexplicably and abruptly has a change of heart and kicks you in the balls and then punches you in the face when you’re hunched over.

Bruce had a nose bleed in May of 2015 that turned out to be nasopharyngeal cancer.  He went through chemo and radiation and a feeding tube in his stomach… and the cancer spread to his bones.  There is now a tumor in his spine compressing one of his nerves.  They are now pursuing experimental treatments and clinical trials.… Read More

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