Harriet... The fasting thing is not new but has been brought back around again. It addresses the metabolism thing by fooling the body that it is starving. Some do it once a week, while others do it twice.
As for the biggest looser, part of the problem within the show was no addressing the emotional side of why the contestants eat. Jason, remember he trained those on Extreme weight lose told me the other day that most of the contestances have gained much of their weight back. Without divulging too much person information, he said most were either sexually or physically abused as a child. He is insists that without working through issues the weight comes back...as emotional eating. One of the contestants who eventually became very open about his father physically abusing him for many years. His father was the high school coach and much beloved in the community.
Of course it came out about his father which landed in him in prison. My friend was still in hs at the time and had a tough time. During the show he received counseling and with Chris Powells physical support confronted his dad in prison. His father continued to deny what he had done.
My friend went on to loose 200 lbs and has kept it off, but he will be the first to tell you finallydealing with this issue is what made things click in his head.
My other friend who live here in the area was doing great. She lost 135lbs and kept most of it off. Her solution was to move from Kentucky away from what was causing her to eat and relocate here. Chris and Heide live here and gave support for a while, but it was her "new" friends that she discovered here which has really helped her. However her parent moved in with her for the winter and you guessed it, she gained gained 40lbs back
.if you look at the contestants families you may have noticed most were obese themselves. Keeping the weight off is very difficult when everyone around you is eating unhealthy so it's easy to fall back on old habits.
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