Dieting is a lifestyle commitment and is necessary for losing weight, along with better eating habits. The Biggest Loser television show was known for contestants who dieted and exercised their way to better fitness and a smaller size. It was also known for contestants who put the weight back on.
For regular dieters, keeping the weight off is a constant struggle. For the contestants of the show, the secret to maintaining their weight had to do with activity, and a recent study agrees with their experiences.
According to the NY Times, a new study shows that activity is the key to weight loss maintenance. While this is certainly true, there may be a contributor to weight maintenance that is not discussed in this recent NY Times article which is the intestinal flora which may have been affected by antibiotics in our food affecting how our intestines function.
Check out the NY Times article below
A Lesson From the Biggest Losers: Exercise Keeps Off the Weight
By GINA KOLATA
OCT. 31, 2017
It is a question that plagues all who struggle with weight: Why do some of us manage to keep off lost pounds, while others regain them?
Now, a study of 14 participants from the “Biggest Loser” television show provides an answer: physical activity — and much more of it than public health guidelines suggest.
On average, those who managed to maintain a significant weight loss had 80 minutes a day of moderate activity, like walking, or 35 minutes a day of vigorous exercise, like running.
The researchers conducting the new study did not distinguish between purposeful exercise, like going to the gym and working out, and exercise done over the course of the day, like walking to work or taking the stairs.