Biggest Loser USA Rapid Rebound Weight Gain

You may remember back in February I wrote about the Biggest Loser USA Winner, Rachel Fredrickson.  She lost an incredible 70.3kg to claim the crown, however, it was very evident that she was underweight:  she looked positively skeletal!  (read more here: ).  However, since the shows’ finale, she has gained 9kg in 2 months and this leads me to ask the question ‘Does Rachel know how to ‘stop’ the weight gain, now she is at a much healthier weight?’

Rachel looking much healthier with a 9kg weight gain - but can she stop here?

Rachel looking much healthier with a 9kg weight gain – but can she stop here?

My big concern is that Rachel is now on the yo-yo dieting treadmill and it’s all due to the rapid weight loss she encountered on the show – basically, Rachel lost a LOT of weight over 7 months’ that she was on ‘The Biggest Loser’ and now has put on a LOT of weight in only 2 months!  Radical weight loss really affects the body’s metabolism.  It seems that Rachel has combined a prolonged period of restricted calorie intake with extremely long exercise sessions (apparently she walked for hours daily at a treadmill desk at her work! Only in America I guess), which resulted in her amazing weight loss results.  Unfortunately, now she has cut back on the workouts and is consuming more calories, her body is ‘hanging onto’ all the extra calories and storing them as fat, as it fears another ‘famine’ period.  The perfect recipe for a life-time of yo-yo dieting.

The problem with ‘The Biggest Loser’ is that the contestants rarely maintain their amazing weight loss, simply due to the fact that their strict regime with exercise / diet in the house is almost impossible to replicate in the real world.  So their weight loss success is short-lived due to the contestants going back to their old habits – but hey, compromising peoples’ metabolism and health is good for ratings, right?

Let’s ‘cut the fat’ and go back to reality:  the fact is to lose weight successfully you have to make a  long term commitment to change your lifestyle and, for most people, will never include a personal trainer or spending up to 6 hours a day exercising.  The Natural Way is not a ‘quick fix’- we are dedicated to educating clients and creating a weight loss programme that incorporates your current lifestyle with new healthier choices.  Our clients learn to cook new meals that the whole family can enjoy using fresh food and adding an appropriate level of exercise to your day.  This is far more successful for long term weight management.

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About Lose Weight With Sue

I am a naturopath for The Natural Way. We have 24 clinics nationally that help people to lose weight & educate on how to keep it off.
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