We all love drama. The TV soap operas, the adventures of make believe and travel and now comes the big bang of reality TV shows The Biggest Loser. Many of these shows integrate and connect with the emotions of the viewer in order to get the ratings high. The emotional connection usually implies the credibility and the prospect of never missing an episode and excitement built would be a stamina boost for promotions of many seasons for a particular show. We need to wonder, how high price do the participants pay for our home entertainment?
Most products in the market today focuses and thrives on the insecurities of the body image that many of us possess from beauty products to diet pills. The high rise of competition of the brands in these markets has caused variations in many products from the very cheap to expensive price markings which ensures that it targets all types of consumers, the lower income to higher income families. How safe these products are, the safety and the side effects rarely come into question as we all are looking for that something, the magic portion that would change our perceptions on how we feel.
Obesity. The ultimate problem for many people as they possess a low self-esteem. Being bullied mercilessly to being ignored or unaccepted has been seen as a common occurrence in our society. The definition of a certain body image or structure portrayed by the media, movies and many other people in the society make people with a bit of extra fat feel insecure and out casted. Zombies of the trend have totally forgotten the gift presented and the uniqueness in being yourself and believing in yourself, being healthy is all that matters. Psychological and physical effects these mindsets suffer within are truly pathetic. Many suffer depression, anorexia and bulimia as a reason of this. Commercializing this as a factor of entertainment has become the new trend.
We come back to the topic. Do fad diets do really work? Dedication and exercise for a short period, how practical is it? What type of effects does that have on a physical component of a human being and their soul? Let us analyze in depth of what happens in programs like The Biggest Loser and replicated programs such as that are around the world.
Desperation makes many people to join these programs as contestants. They bare themselves on TV sets for the scrutiny of not only the judges but also the public. Humiliation and degradation as they state the reason of who they are and what they are. They emotionally bare themselves which is featured completely and makes a good show. We are encouraged to follow the journey with them our journey with them ends when the show ends and we switch off the television. For the contestants it maybe a new beginning or the end, returning to their old ways regaining their loss of weight, can they keep it off? Will they survive the struggle? Are there people to guide them and counsel them way after the show is over? Or are they forgotten by the show biz, when the next set of entertaining contestants arrives? What actually happens here?
Most of the contestants of The Biggest Loser are participants who have a real struggle of overcoming the weight they have accumulated for a long time and morbidly obese carrying an almost 100 to more extra weight in addition to their ideal body weight. This makes a high risk factor in regard to health issues. These contestants are weighed, measured and advised on the protocols on how the show works and proceeds.
The The Biggest Loser usually consists of members that includes, Doctors, nutritionists, and dieticians. Exercising instructors and trainers who would back them all the way through the programs. Losing big is the concept, the initial clothes they wear are stored safely to show how much they have lost in before and after pictures. This is usually the beginning. The contestants are all placed in a atmosphere where they act as a support system by training and eating together. The ultimo dedication and sacrifice is required by them by how they eat less than 1200 calories per day to exercising minimum of 90 minutes of daily workout for 6 days per week. This is the lifestyle they are to follow for 30 weeks while their real life is put on hold.
This really becomes a big question when we try to figure out, how in the world is this routine going to be followed when they have to go back to their busy life and schedule. The visibility of the big losses is a fact that cannot be denied but the reality check whether it could be maintained and further progressed is questionable. The organizers of The Biggest Loser may argue that this was an initial helping hand in giving them a boost to proceed with it, and to battle the major hurdles to battling their fears, a source of encouragement and to enhance self-belief, beyond this is their responsibility. They presumably say that these shows are made as an encouragement to everyone to be motivated to do what they believe in, something like losing weight. Unfortunately many of these contestants feel abandoned after the loss of the support system. The trauma and psychological factor away from the limelight would slowly creep up on them which would make them binge eat, lack in exercise and undeniably make them go back to their old way of life. Sometimes people need encouragement and support on a daily basis to overcome their fears and sense of desolation.
To understand weight loss we have understand to basic structure of our body and how it can tuned into losing weight.
Composition of the body.
Measuring body fat is simplified. Measuring the masses of fat and lean mass equation. It is important to have a ratio of less fatty mass and leaner muscle for a fit and healthy body structure.
The resting metabolic rates (RMR)
Metabolic rates define the capacity of the body of burning calories during exercise and when the body is in a resting mode. Comparisons of RMR, the calories that the body burns while resting is figuratively less needed in small physical structure than a bigger person.
Hormones affects your weight losses and gains big time. Leptin is a hormone that is highly present in your body in equal quantity to your fat content. A combination of Leptins and RMR defines the highs and lows of the weight fluctuations
In a study conducted after a break of 6 years in contestants of the 2009 The Biggest Loser, comparing their RMI, Blood chemistry and total energy expenditure taken at the beginning of the show and the current results showed that they have regained 70% of the body weight they lost and kept back only the 30%. Lifestyles, old habits and psychological factors all related to this.
What exactly went wrong after The Biggest Loser?
Leaving the psychological perspectives aside and we shall dig into the biological factors, we come into deeper revelations that metabolism adaption occurs. Have you felt that when we start to work out the weight loss is more at the initial stages and begins to drop down or become stagnant? It could be frustrating but it’s not all your fault, the diets and the routines you follow maybe the same which makes it difficult to understand what goings on. This perfectly defines metabolism adaption which means a method that your body has adopted to counteract in order to protect you. It also makes you to eat lesser calories to watch out for the weight you have lost
The RMI also slows down. The Biggest Loser participants who went under major weight loss and gained it again typically showed that they were not burning any calories even at rest. Muscle mass are meant to be positive assets for calorie loss, it was proven wrong once again. Most importantly, we do have come to understand with this study that a long period of time, even a span of six year is not possible for the metabolism adaptation to be reversed and RMI to work out
The The Biggest Loser study also further proves that leptin level and RMI doesn’t always link. If that was so the leptin level would have been higher in them but RMI lower, which would eventually make them eat more and burn less calories unless they went to the extreme levels of almost starvation of eating 500 calories or less than an average person and work out fast paced, both are not normal or healthier way of living.
There are many alternative ways and methods to be followed which would be healthy and make you lose weight and keep it off for years to come.
A routine, a positive approach
It’s all about change in lifestyles, no more fad diets and vigorous exercising. This would indirectly cause physiological and psychological issues. In cooperate practices that you can keep in with your daily work. You don’t have to make big changes, but small meticulous changes that would be habitual and followed with ease, sometimes without much of a big effort. It may be small changes in your diet or walking to store instead of driving, it depends on your daily routine and way of life. Getting counseled by an expert physician or nutritionist will give you the guidance and support you require.
Life maybe fast but take time to notice what you are eating. Do not gulp your food, or take big bites. Get the feel of food, eat slowly munch the food, so it gets digested sooner and you feel full. Smaller bites take a longer time which help you not take more servings in order to fulfill your senses instead of your actual need of food.
Eat only the quantity required
Don’t stuff yourself. Don’t eat food until you cannot simply walk but only until you are half full, leave 20% percentage of your stomach empty.
Stress is a major contributor for over eating as many would find solace and comfort in food, don’t fall into that habit find another alternative, a hobby. Go talk to someone you trust. Unburdening your inner struggles may help gain support to succeed in your weight loss journey.
Keep healthy snacks around. Carry them with you. When you are hungry instead of a candy bar opt to a fruit. Keep it handy. Always substitute sodas and energy drinks and diet drinks with high levels of soda with water.
Weight loss doesn’t have to be dramatic, quick or difficult. To sustain weight loss it’s important to eat slowly, a balanced diet full of nutrients focusing on eating healthy, cut back on unhealthy fats and sugars enjoy physical activities. Live your life, create your own success story.
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