When you get the advice EAT LESS and EXERCISE MORE, then there’s no other group of people who did exactly that than the contestants of the TV program ‘The Biggest Loser’, right?
However, according to a study conducted in 2016 on former contestants of the weight loss reality show, not only were their weights back up but their metabolism was “slower than people of comparable age and body composition”.
The study, which was published in the scientific journal Obesity, noted that the contestants’ levels of leptin, the ‘satiety’ or ‘ok, I’m full now, stop eating’ hormone have dramatically dropped. It seemed that their leptin levels never fully returned to their pre-TV show appearance levels even after six years!
Although it’s true that the “EAT LESS and EXERCISE MORE” motto was obviously at extremely high levels for the show, the effects on the contestants long after the cameras have stopped rolling are still astounding.
So what do these research findings mean to you?
The Problem with EAT LESS
Drastically cutting your calorie intake, especially for extended periods of time, is NOT GOOD.
Firstly, this is not sustainable in REAL LIFE. Secondly, why go through all that suffering?!? It is not necessary. The real secret to losing weight is to EAT RIGHT.
Hmmm, doesn’t ‘eating right’ mean eating less anyway? NO.
EATING RIGHT can even mean EATING MORE if you know what to eat, how much of it to eat, and when to eat.
The Problem with EXERCISE MORE
Spending hours in the gym is so over! Firstly, YES; you can lose weight without exercising at all. It’s first and foremost about your eating routine. You just cannot out-train an incorrect eating lifestyle. Sure, physical activity DOES help but it’s not about how much time you spend exercising, it’s about the quality of your fitness routine.
So, again, it’s not about exercising more, it’s about exercising right. If you know basic but highly-focused exercises, you can further tone your body even with just 10 MINUTES of exercise effort.
The Secret to Successful Weight Loss -> Leptin Levels NEED to Be Managed Well
But perhaps the real EYE OPENER in The Biggest Loser study was the fact that the contestants suffered a dramatic decline in leptin. We can even go so far as say that their leptin levels got ‘damaged’ considering how low they were for years after the program.
What does this mean?
Since leptin is a hormone that tells your brain “you’re full” and should therefore stop eating, the fact that their leptin levels were REALLY LOW means that the contestants were CONSTANTLY HUNGRY after the TV reality show.
This constant feeling of being hungry is not only unbearable but results directly in weight regain. Worse, trying to lose weight again at this stage is doubly hard since they’ll be fighting hunger even more.
So… to lose weight effectively you should consider how any plan you follow affects your leptin levels. This is especially true if you’re a woman. Why? Females have nearly TWICE as much leptin levels than men. This is why, if you’re a woman, you shouldn’t go for conventional, generic, or a one-size-fits all type of weight loss system.
This is exactly why BeFinallyFit was created. It’s a program that focuses on women’s unique body structures, hormone levels, and even their distinctive lifestyles.
So don’t eat less and exercise more. Eat right for your female body; and exercise right for those womanly curves! (And oh yeah, keep those leptin levels in check!)