I read the above article today on Market Watch.com but it first appeared in the New York Post. I can’t say that I’m shocked at any of the claims from the former contestants of The Biggest Loser nor do I don’t think we can afford to NOT believe them.
There was a controversial study that went viral claiming to know the reason why all of the Biggest Loser contestants regained the weight they lost and more. Many of the ex-contestants reached out to the New York Post to speak out and dispute the study.
Not only did the contestants disagree with the study but they told the truth of what really happened behind the scenes of the popular show. They told the Post that the trainers/coaches encouraged them to take drugs, starve themselves and lie about the amount of weight they were losing. They told the Post that they gained the weight back but also that their metabolisms were much slower. Many of the contestants also suffered from grave medical issues that they never had before.
Joelle Gwynn, of 2008’s “Couples” season told The New York Post, “Bob Harper was my trainer. He goes away, and his assistant comes in. He’s got this brown paper bag that’s bundled up. He says, ‘Take this drug, it’ll really help you.’ It was yellow and black. I was like, ‘What the [expletive] is this?’
The pill she was asked to take is called a “yellow jacket,” which is a diet pill that contains ephedra and caffeine. Ephedra is not an FDA approved drug. On the street “yellow jackets” are called barbiturates. In 2004 the FDA banned the sale of the drug. So essentially, The Biggest Loser trainers were acting as drug dealers. Good job, NBC, you can add illegal drug dealing to your resume!
I feel for these contestants because it’s rough taking on a huge juggernaut like The Biggest Loser/NBC believe me, I know. I took on Jenny Craig in 2012/13 because their chemically laden diet had me almost dying and needing emergency gallbladder surgery. I wasn’t alone there were 360,000 other people in a class action that sued Jenny Craig for their gallbladder disease. And those 360,000 people won that lawsuit but Jenny Craig kept it quiet. But I refuse to keep quiet which is why I started this blog.
So you mean to tell me that the majority of the former contestants and at least 360,000 people who sued Jenny Craig are wrong? When are we going to start believing these David’s who take on the Goliath companies? When are we going to see that these diet companies and shows don’t care about your health and well being they care about money and ratings.
All these shows and diet programs do is “shame” the client/contestant which is what a person does who over eats already. We’re feeding our feelings and there is a lot of shame in that. Of course, everyone gains the weight back…that’s the scam so you can go back on the diet plan again and give more of your money away. You’re set up to fail.
The answer to the obesity epidemic aka food addiction is not losing weight at an unhealthy pace with diet pills, or eating over processed diet foods or over exercising. The answer to lasting weight loss is getting to the bottom of why you’re over eating in the first place. How do you permanently keep the weight off? You do that by working from the inside out and not the other way around. Work on your self worth first.
To all of the former Biggest Loser contestants, you may have gained all the weight back but you also gained a voice. I encourage you to speak up. I also encourage you to stop dieting and work on what is going on underneath your food compulsions. The Self Worth Diet is here for you.