Monthly Archives: September 2016

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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