You’re familiar with The Biggest Loser — one of the most popular reality TV shows centering around rapid weight loss for its overweight participants. The show illustrates their weight-loss journeys from the very beginning. And by the end, you see the smiling face of one winner. The “Biggest Loser” walks away with $250,000, but more importantly, they gleam in the show lights with happiness at their profound weight loss. Sounds fantastic, right? No.
Here’s what the producers don’t show you and the lies you shouldn’t believe.
It’s totally safe to take supplements for weight loss
Here’s where the controversy begins. Rob Huizenga, the show’s resident doctor, told the New York Post that no one on the show is allowed to take weight-loss supplements. But several contestants have said trainers on the show, notably Bob Harper, have given them amphetamines or diuretics to aid in losing weight.
If you’re considering taking pills for weight loss, we highly advise you talk to a doctor first, as the risks can outweigh the benefits.