I just read an interview with Dr. Michael Dansinger, The Biggest Loser’s behind-the-scenes nutrition doc for the last five years. (Tufts Magazine, summer 2012)
For me it was good to have confirmed what we all know: this reality TV weight-loss competition is just pure Hollywood.
Exercising up to six hours a day and cutting your calories in half so you can lose up to twenty pounds a week is a ridiculously unrealistic, unsustainiable weight-loss approach. But “the top priority of a television show is to entertain, and two to three pounds a week weight loss does not a show make,” says Dr. Dansinger.
One Take Home Weight Loss Strategy from The Biggest Loser
However, there is an important weight-loss strategy to be gleaned from The Biggest Loser that Dr. Dansinger personally employs in his clinical practice helping people lose weight: accountability, having someone to answer to.
If you’ve ever watched The Biggest Loser, you know there’s a lot of dramatized, Hollywood-style accountability going on.
Drama aside, Dr. Dansinger says accountability is very important because our brains are wired to focus on the short term—that delicious food---but skip the exercise. An accountability friend helps keep you on track.
So how could an accountability friend help you on your weight loss journney?