|Several CrossFit Games competitors will be on an episode of "The Biggest Loser" this year, |
airing Mondays at 8pm on NBC
CrossFit Games competitors Rebecca Voigt, Kristan Clever, Miranda Oldroyd, Camille Leblanc-Bazinet, Rich Froning, Jason Khalipa, Matt Chan, and Katie Hogan were photographed in front of the famous 'Biggest Loser' gym with CrossFit Inc.'s Dave Castro, who programs workouts for the annual CrossFit Games.
I have never watched the show for too long, but I have seen enough of it to know that they take extremely large people and they put them through workouts and diets and contestants on the show lose upwards of 10 pounds per week (in the very first week, some contestants have lost 20–30+ pounds in that one week alone).
I plan on watching the show this year (because of the CrossFit element), but this does not mean that we should attempt to mimic those contestants in our own Nutrition Challenge. Keep in mind, that because the show is a contest that involves eliminations from it, some contestants are encouraged to take risks that endanger their health in the short (or long) term to stay on the show.
From sources cited on Wikipedia, Ryan C. Benson, the winner of the program’s first season, publicly admitted that "he dropped some of the weight by fasting and dehydrating himself to the point that he was urinating blood". Also since the show Benson has regained all of his weight, but 10–12 lbs. In 2009, Kai Hibbard (runner-up from the third season) told The New York Times that "she and other contestants would drink as little water as possible in the 24 hours before a weigh-in" and would "work out in as much clothing as possible" when the cameras were off. She further stated that two weeks after the show ended, she had regained about 31 pounds, mostly from staying hydrated. In a June 2010 interview, Hibbard said, "I do still struggle [with an eating disorder]. I do. My husband says I’m still afraid of food... I’m still pretty messed up from the show.".
The goal of "The Biggest Loser" is to lose the highest percentage of weight. Our Competition is not about weight. Our competition is about eating properly for long term health and seeing the benefits of losing body fat and gaining lean muscle mass. The goal is long term health even though we are completing a 9 week challenge. At the end of the 9 weeks, the goal should be not to slide way back to our bad habits, but to continue with the results that we will get from doing this challenge, both in the gym and in the mirror.
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