The show the Biggest Loser is a blessing and a curse! A blessing because I know of a number folks who itâ€™s motivated off the couch to take action towards a healthy lifestyle.
A curse, because it sets such UNREALSITIC weight loss expectations. I am currently running a Transformation program and the husband of one of the participants had the wife call me to say that my guarantee of 8 pounds in 8 weeks isnâ€™t enough of an incentive, because he watches the â€œBiggest Loserâ€ and those contestants lose more weight that.
My first thought is does he want me to move in with them and go all Jullian Michaels on his a$@. Then pick me! Okay, so that was a thought that I had in my head, but how awesome would that be if I said that!
My response to that well, those folks are obese and the weight they are losing is primary, water and some muscle. Once they get to a reasonable weight the rapid weight loss they initially experience will slow
It takes a caloric deficit of 3500 calories to drop 1 pound.
So the average person, if they reduce their calorie intake by 500 calories/day should expect lose at least 1 pound/week. If you increase activity level by adding a little cardio and strength training you may boost that to 2 pounds/week.
Any weight loss about that amount isnâ€™t typical, sustainable or realistic. So please look at reality shows for pure entertainment. Unless you are looking for me to become your new roommate.