The Biggest Loser has become a monster hit with over 100,000 applying for the fourth season now in production. The show creates a huge incentive for contestants to lose weight with a $250,000 prize going to the “Biggest Loser.” Season one winner of the Biggest Loser, Ryan Benson, lost an amazing 122 lbs back in 2005. How did he do it?Â Was he able to keep the weight off?
On his myspace blog he candidly reveals how he won:
“I wanted to win so bad that the last ten days before the final weigh-in I didn’t eat one piece of solid food! If you’ve heard of “The Master Cleanse” that’s what I did. Its basically drinking lemonade made with water, fresh squeezed lemon juice, pure maple syrup, and cayenne pepper. The rules of the show said we couldn’t use any weight-loss drugs, well I didn’t take any drugs, I just starved myself! Twenty-four hours before the final weigh-in I stopped putting ANYTHING in my body, liquid or solid, then I started using some old high school wrestling tricks. I wore a rubber suit while jogging on the treadmill, and then spent a lot of time in the steam room. In the final 24 hours I probably dropped 10-13 lbs in just pure water weight. By the time of the final weigh-in I was peeing blood.”
It’s no surprise that he won with this crash diet. Now two and half years after winning the Biggest Loser with a weigh in of 208 lbs, it’s equally not surprising that he has regained most of his weight back.
Celebrity Diet Doctor Weigh in
Extreme dieting methods and crash diets do not work in the long term… they will wreak havoc on your metabolism and make you more prone to weight gain later. This will cause a yo-yo dieting pattern with periods of weight loss followed by weight gain. Weight loss TV shows, such as the Biggest Loser, promote drastic weight loss to get great ratings but do not teach participants, such as Ryan, how to lose weight for the long term. Short term loss, long term gain. Now weighing about 300lbs, Ryan Benson tells Time Magazine “No one sees me get an apple pie in the drive-through.”
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