Tuesday, May 3, 2016

After ‘The Biggest Loser,’ Their Bodies Fought to Regain Weight

Actually, it's after ANY large amount of weight lost due to calorie restricted diets, even WFPB no S-O-S ones. Some of the Star McDougallers frequently mention how they have to eat less and less starch, less calories, first to lose those last few pounds, then to maintain their lower weight. Some Stars lost over 100 pounds, regained, and lost them again. 

Doctors, especially obesity experts, have known about this happening for DECADES, which is why they now push for weight loss surgery and weight loss meds. 

After ‘The Biggest Loser,’ Their BodiesFought to Regain Weight
Contestants lost hundreds of pounds during Season 8, but
gained them back. A study of their struggles helps explain
why so many people fail to keep off the weight they lose.

And this is the Obesity Journal article  about the study referred to in the above article.

Persistent metabolic adaptation 6 years after “The Biggest Loser” competition

In conclusion, we found that “The Biggest Loser” participants regained a substantial amount of their lost weight in the 6 years since the competition but overall were quite successful at long-term weight loss compared with other lifestyle interventions. Despite substantial weight regain, a large persistent metabolic adaptation was detected. Contrary to expectations, the degree of metabolic adaptation at the end of the competition was not associated with weight regain, but those with greater long-term weight loss also had greater ongoing metabolic slowing. Therefore, long-term weight loss requires vigilant combat against persistent metabolic adaptation that acts to proportionally counter ongoing efforts to reduce body weight.


  1. I wondered about this. Can you point me to some of the Star McDougallers who say that they had to cut back on the calories? Thanks.

  2. Cloudy (frozenveg) and eteselle have mentioned multiple times how they have to be very careful about what they eat, that pounds creep back on. Eteselle basically eats Jeff Novick's SNAP meals all the time now and encourages newbies to reduce starch and eat up to 75% of their plate as veg.

    Katydid, before her food allergy problems, wrote this post about how she had to watch her starches: https://www.drmcdougall.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=21&t=18045&p=168206#p168206

    Nettie had written many times in the past about her struggles to get off those last few pounds, again and again, and has to cut back on starches to keep them off. Here's one from 2008 where she complains about what happened after just a few days of eating grains:

    Look in the Journals forum at what the female Stars had to do to reach their goals.

  3. Another example, just posted today by eTeselle, in a thread about the frequency of weighing on the scale:

    "That's fine as long as you are not a volume eater. I can consume HUGE quantities of food, and while that didn't matter when I was losing weight, down to a certain point, it DOES matter when you have little to lose or are trying to maintain a low-normal BMI. I can easily gain weight on MWL food if I don't control how much I eat, and if I don't weigh regularly. Just a fact."

  4. Wow, I don't think I've ever noticed ETselle say that she had to control how much she ate on MWL. Thanks so much for sharing this.