These are the recent headlines from contestants on the popular weight loss show “Biggest Looser”.
Millions of viewers tune in each week to monitor the progress between contestants to see who lost the most amount of weight. Millions of people have become inspired by the contestants overcoming insurmountable obstacles to loose weight, and feel and look better.
On this show the contestants are pushed harder than they ever have been. Trainers are shown yelling in contestants faces trying to motivate them as much as possible.
On the surface, it seems like these extreme measures work. The contestants lose weight. And they lose a lot of weight.
What the television show does not show, is how the contestants fair afterwards. And how these extreme weight loss measures affect the contestant’s bodies.
As many of you know who read my articles, I am not a believer in extreme, hard on the body exercises. These exercises stress the body and bring on pain and injury. These exercises cannot be sustained because they are too hard on the body. They will cause the joints of your body to break down prematurely, leaving you susceptible to arthritis and joint replacements.
I believe in exercising in a way that you can sustain. Exercise smarter, not harder. You can use exercise to reduce pain, rather than to cause pain.
Exercise, if used in the correct way, can stabilize irritated, inflamed and imbalanced muscles. Exercise can move tight and stiff muscles allowing blood to flow to them and help heal them.
If you lose weight, you have to be able to maintain what it that caused you to lose weight, if you want to maintain that weight loss. If you cannot maintain whatever it was that caused you to lose weight (eating no carbs and only protein, calorie restriction, etc), then you won’t be able to maintain that weight loss.
These people who lose weight from doing extreme exercising along with extreme dietary restrictions, will unfortunately gain the weight back that they lost because they can’t maintain the changes to their lifestyle that allowed them to lose weight in the first place.
Don’t be taken in by the gimmicks of the exercise, diet and weight loss industry. If you can’t maintain the changes to your lifestyle that the diet or exercise program is recommending, then you won’t be able to sustain any weight loss you may experience through the program.
Exercise smarter, not harder. Exercise in a way that is easy on your body, and easy to sustain. Exercise in a way that will reduce pain and help you feel better and move easier. Don’t exercise in a way that produces pain and will result in injury.
Exercise smarter, not harder. This is the Pain Free Way.
Here is an article that was written about the experiences of the contestants of “Biggest Looser”.