Why Biggest Loser Is Bad For You

“Angry and embarrassed.”

They’re not the first words you’d expect a fitness professional to use when asked to describe The Biggest Loser. After all, the show is pretty much a 12-week advertisement for the personal training industry.

Andrew Meade, former personal trainer on <i>The Biggest Loser</i>.Andrew Meade, former personal trainer on The Biggest Loser.

But that’s the assessment of Andrew Meade, who was a trainer for the second season of The Biggest Loser. Meade was paid by the show to train one of the eliminated contestants at home from the time the contestant was voted off the show until the finale. During that period there were competitions to get back into the house and weekly weigh-ins.

At the time Meade had concerns about the unrealistic weight loss expectations and the unsustainability of the whole process.

‘The rate of weight loss isn’t real-world at all,’ says Meade who is now a director and trainer and Melbourne’s Urban Workout.  ‘The gentleman I was training had quit work and was eating a diet of around 1100–1200 calories a day — and some days he would burn 3000 calories in training.’

‘His sole focus for that period of time was losing weight. He didn’t have any balance in his life.  Unfortunately, he’s now regained that weight and he’s back to where is he started.’

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