The Biggest Loser: A Lesson in How NOT to Lose Weight?

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It’s no secret that The Biggest Loser is home to some questionable weight-loss tactics. About a year ago, we posted a piece questioning a slew of techniques employed by the show, from the insanely harsh training schedules to the encouragement of radical weight-loss each and every week, to the nutritionally poor foods it promotes.

Shortly thereafter, the show weathered another round of criticism when winner Rachel Frederickson went from 260 pounds to a very-tiny 105 pounds in just a matter of months. Hordes of viewers and weight-loss professionals chimed in, arguing there was no way such dramatic weight loss could have been achieved in a healthy way.

And now a different contestant, Kai Hibbard, who competed on season three of the show, is saying it might be worse than we all suspected: According to her claims, the contestants’ physical and mental health are often sacrificed on the altar of ratings and sponsorships.

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The Checkup: Here’s What Actually Happens to Fat When You Lose Weight

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• I’m sure you’ve heard any number of theories as to what happens to fat when you lose weight: Cells shrink but never actually disappear. Cells burn up and—poof!—vanish into thin air. One scientist in Australia was determined to figure out what really happens. His discovery will absolutely knock your socks off. [Yahoo Health]

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