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Friday, April 8, 2011

Does the Biggest Loser Diet Work

A lot of people have watched the television show The Biggest Loser.  On this show you see contestants dropping insane amounts of weight each week.  In real life it is usually considered good if you can drop 1 to 2 pounds a week.  My friends and I have discussed this and we concluded that yeah if all that you have to do is exercise and diet 24/7 then, of course, you can lose huge numbers. In the real world, we did not think that it could be done safely. The Biggest Loser has all kinds of professionals including doctors to make sure that their contestants lose safely.

Sometime last summer I decided to order some of the Biggest Loser Diet Books to see if their diet would work for me. Like most people I was only half hearted about my commitment. The rules that made up the diet were not that difficult and the plan looked really healthy so I gave it a try. 
It worked ok until my mind wound up focused on something else and I totally forgot about it.

Fast forward a few months past Christmas and the scale got my attention. Months of non-dieting let the numbers inch up to something I did not want to see. This time I decided to take it a step further and join the online Biggest Loser Club. Instant motivation!  I loosely followed the diet and made it a point to do some exercise. It was actually fun weighing in online and watching my stats.

The first month I dropped 12 pounds and then an old knee injury flared up.  Talk about discouragement, this was it.  Weight loss slowed but didn't stop. Here 2 months after the knee injury 20 pounds are gone and I think for good.This time instead of following some fad diet I have learned how to make a habit of healthy eating. If I want something that isn't on my diet I know how to fit it in without causing some binge.  It is the closest to eating "normally" I have ever been able to do while "on a diet".

I guess that what I am saying is that, at least for me, yes the Biggest Loser Diet does work, with or without exercise but much faster with the exercise. Will it work for you? I don't know.  If you have the motivation then it should. Without the commitment to do what it takes I don't think that anything will work for anyone.  That is just my 2 cents worth.
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