There has been a lot coming out about the TV show “The Biggest Loser” There is no doubt that not everything is perfect at the TV show we have heard stuff before. But one thing is clear it gives people hope. The experience that the contestants have at the Ranch is partly going to be dependent on them and their mind set.

Yes a lot of contestants gain back and some do not. They show does give them information on nutrition and exercise but when they go home they need to use that info. They have to stick with a program doesn’t have to be the program from the show. But the biggest component of keeping it off is going to be a mental and emotional shift they have to find and create for themselves. If you google the statistics some say 95% of dieters will gain the weight back. So people that gained weight back need to quit blaming a show for there not keeping weight off.

People have to work on the issues that got them obese 1st. Most of the time that is emotionally based. You have to work on your issues. If you don’t feel you can do it on your own then find help with a counselor or support group. Until you make the mental and emotional shift you are doomed to gain the weight back.

Next this is not a diet. If you think of it that way you will fail. You have to make this a permanent change. If you talk to the people that have kept weight off. They still eat like they did when they lost the weight and continue to move/exercise. You can’t expect to keep the weight off if you stop exercise and stop eating healthy food. You also have to keep changing your workouts around. If you do the same thing over and over again your body will stop changing because it has adapted.

As for the phrases/statements that Kai Hibbard reported they said to her. They do say those things and they are shown on air. However what she called bullying is also the truth. A truth at the time she may have not been ready to hear and took it as an attack instead of her wake up call which she needed. Also what makes it on air is only a snippet of a much longer conversation that was cherry picked by the producers and editors to make good ratings. They don’t always show the follow ups to the statements that sound harsh in that few seconds of tv.Also for some of the contestants even if the same statement was made in a different tone they would still take it as a sugar coated attack. How a contestant reacts to those statements are a matter of their perception or state of mind at the time. She chose to take them as an attack and took on a victim role instead of how others took as a wake up to the reality they were in and wanting to change it. As far as the restricting food i don’t know if this is true or not but the link below to Danny Cahill’s blog answers on some of that from his experience there.

Lastly weight loss is the persons responsibility. Taking what you learn and practicing it. You have to find a nutrition plan that works for you and stick to it. It is about calories in vs calories out. You have to continue to move and most importantly work on yourself emotionally. If you are doing everything right and weight is still not coming off talk to your doctor there may be a medical explaination. But if you are not logging and counting calories you can’t say a plan is not working either. You need to be measuring out your portions for an accurate account of calories consumed. Its your responsibility no one else’s and its about your choices.
To see a more balanced look at the biggest loser experience check out Danny Cahill’s account