The Biggest Loser effect. To lose an incredible amount of weight in a minimal amount of time, just to gain it all back later.
For those unfamiliar, The Biggest Loser is a show in which morbidly obese individuals move to a camp for X amount of weeks, where their sole goal and responsibility is to lose weight and become “healthy.”
After following 14 Biggest Loser contestants' post-season finale, researchers found that on average, contestants regained 90lbs. 4 of those contestants reported that they were now HEAVIER than their previous starting weight.
The question is… Why? How could someone lose such an incredible amount of weight and make a change, just to gain it all back?
In my opinion, it’s because they don’t actually pick up any of the habits needed to maintain a body transformation. They’re placed in the middle of no-where, with no responsibilities aside from working out, eating whatever a professional chef makes for them, and sleeping.
News flash, the real world doesn’t work like that. The real world has stressors, kids, more responsibilities, jobs, etc.
You can’t expect someone to maintain what they’ve done if they haven’t created any habits that are actually applicable in the real world. When they go home, they can’t expect a personal training session for hours upon hours everyday, there’s no personal chef..
My point here is this; your ability to maintain healthy habits is directly correlated to your ability to maintain a healthy body. You have to make choices and plans that you can commit to. This is why I’m so against the balls-to-the-wall, hardcore 7 days a week training approach. For the average individual, your biggest need is adherence over a long period of time.
Quick fix with no long-term plan, quick failure. Think long term.