After ‘The Biggest Loser,’ Their Bodies Fought to Regain Weight Contestants lost hundreds of pounds during Season 8, but gained them back. A study of their struggles helps explain why so many people fail to keep off the weight they lose. http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/02/health/biggest-loser-weight-loss.html?_r=0 A very interesting, in-depth article on how difficult it is to keep weight off (excerpt below). Contestants were monitored for a 6-year period after completing The Biggest Loser, and this article discusses how their Basal Metabolic Rate decreased after their weight loss as the body attempted to regain the excess weight. Interesting info about both the physiology and psychology of obesity, weight-loss, and weight maintenance. "Kevin Hall, a scientist at a federal research center who admits to a weakness for reality TV, had the idea to follow the “Biggest Loser” contestants for six years after that victorious night [in 2009]. The project was the first to measure what happened to people over as long as six years after they had lost large amounts of weight with intensive dieting and exercise. The results, the researchers said, were stunning. They showed just how hard the body fights back against weight loss. “It is frightening and amazing,” said Dr. Hall, an expert on metabolism at the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, which is part of the National Institutes of Health. “I am just blown away.” Researchers knew that just about anyone who deliberately loses weight — even if they start at a normal weight or even underweight — will have a slower metabolism when the diet ends. So they were not surprised to see that “The Biggest Loser” contestants had slow metabolisms when the show ended. What shocked the researchers was what happened next: As the years went by and the numbers on the scale climbed, the contestants’ metabolisms did not recover. They became even slower, and the pounds kept piling on. It was as if their bodies were intensifying their effort to pull the contestants back to their original weight." http://www.today.com/health/biggest-loser-contestants-gain-again-why-weight-keeps-coming-back-t90261 Losing weight is hard. Keeping off pounds is even harder. That's a fact of life for the vast majority of people struggling with weight control. But the question is: how do you fight your own body? That's the focus of a very small study recently published in the journal Obesity. Investigators at the National Institutes of Health tracked 14 contestants from "The Biggest Loser" —13 of whom regained much or all of their weight in the 6 years following their initial weight loss during the competition —to learn more about factors that might impact weight regain.