The Biggest Loser mentality might keep you from losing weight because of the all or none approach. A recent study about persistent metabolic adaptation 6 years after “The Biggest Loser” competition says that the contestants gained all of their weight back and then some.
The all or none approach has been the way for so many people because it's all they know. Living in survival mode only fuels that kind of behavior. Taking someone out of their normal life and putting them into an environment where the pressures of everyday life are gone? Yes, please! Now, I'm not saying that going to the Biggest Loser Ranch is easy and losing weight is easy. However, taking a person out of their current lifestyle to abruptly create a new one isn't the answer either.
Forget About “Someday” and Focus on Today.
The biggest loser mentality might keep you from losing weight because odds are you change too many things too fast. Isn't it crazy to think that one of the trainers (Kim Lyons) was on that show for only a short while? Why do you think that is? My intuition is she knew that the changes that the show wanted the contestants to make were too fast. Therefore the changes that they were making on the show were not sustainable. That's why I don't have any of my clients change too many things at once. Sustainability is the number one priority for people that I work with.
However, there needs to be a measurable amount of changes because then those changes can be duplicated within yourself. Change too many things too fast and you'll never know what worked. So when you're ready to make more changes your approach won't have the same success. After those contestants went home and started living their lives again, they fell right back into the same traps. It's because they didn't address some of the hardest parts of health and wellness.
Go Slow To Go Fast.
After 6 years the study looked at their persistent metabolic adaptation. While the study was inconclusive; The adaptation it did show that their bodies burned/uses 499 fewer calories at rest before they went onto the show. Which means that if that were you…
Finding a way to either cut 499 calories from your diet, on top of what you're already supposed to be cutting out. Or move more aka exercise longer to burn/use those calories so your body doesn't store them as fat. I don't know about you, but that sounds like more work in the long run to me.
Making small changes doesn't do as much damage as the drastic ones because then you can adjust better to what's working versus what's not. Changing fast makes it harder because you don't really know what's working, therefore, the changes aren't permanent and you'll likely go back to the way you lived before.
Remembering back, sitting on the couch eating ice cream was the number one thing people use to do while watching that show. Me being one of them. The biggest loser mentality might keep you from losing weight because watching that show inspired me while watching it. Maybe a few days after, but for the most part the so-called inspiration wore off as soon as another temptation came about.
To conclude the study about biggest loser mentality might keep you from losing weight it's all about making small changes. The contestants didn't do any damage that the study can prove, but looking at them now is proof enough. Don't take this as a judgment because I'm nobody to judge. They tried and continue to try. Being brave enough to go on network TV and let out all the dirty laundry takes guts. Let's shoot for small changes and celebrate the sustained ones. Forget about the all or none approach and stop all of the heartaches that come with it. Get at least one round of one WOD done for as many days in a week you feel comfortable and you'll do great!
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Biggest Loser Mentality Might Keep You From Losing | Workout Of The Day (WOD) #249
Warm-Up – 5 Minutes Cardio (At LEAST)
1-6 Rounds | Hold Each Movement 45 Seconds
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Cool Down – 5 Deep Breaths In Down Dog Pose
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