Friday, October 19, 2007
Strive to be a medium loser
…Elizabeth Weil, NYT, Oct 18, 2007, says some people on a diet are being discouraged and intimidated by NBC’s “The Biggest Loser.”
…HA always considered the name of this program to be problematical, but she digresses.
...These contestants are isolated, they work out with trainers 5 hours a day, and scamper around in between doing challenges. Their food is also controlled.
…Still, sometimes when they step on the scale, they have lost a mind-bending 30 lbs in a week or something.
…Two pounds is considered realistic--and even that slows down over time.
…This sends some dieters in the real world lunging for the ice cream!
…Losing too fast can lead to gallstones, heart arrhythmias, and problems with your electrolytes---especially if you get into colonics or something to pace the contestants on the show.
…Ironically, the heavier you are, and the lower you pitch your calorie count, the harder it is to lose.
…People on the show also have nothing else to do or think about except weight. They spend an hour or two a day with weights and up to three hours on the treadmill or elliptical.
…They eat rice and salmon that someone else fixes, so no nibbles allowed.
…Dull, dull—the show edits this out.
…Even on the outside, experts warn us not to compare progress with others. Didn’t Weight Watchers trademark this approach, though?
…Everyone has a different metabolism, remember. Some are better than others. Way better.