The latest champion on NBC’s “The Biggest Loser” lost an astonishing 155 pounds. Rachel Frederickson, who spent months exercising and dieting, was crowned the champion after dropping from 260 to 105 pounds. Her weight loss prompted concern about her overall health.
Dana White, a registered dietitian, certified athletic trainer and nutrition and fitness consultant, says she is concerned.
“I’m actually glad to see such an uproar surrounding this,” White said. “Losing nearly 60 percent of your body weight in such a short period of time is dangerous and far beyond what is practical for most people. Typical healthy weight loss guidelines for long-term success are closer to one to two pounds a week.
“I know that people look to shows like ’The Biggest Loser’ for motivation (and motivation is something that a lot of people need to adopt a healthier lifestyle) but oftentimes what the contestants have to do in order to achieve the miraculous weight loss is completely unreasonable for the average American,” White said. “Who has time to exercise that much every day?”
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