Looks like you can lose a lot more than a few pounds from being on The Biggest Loser. Season 2 contestant Suzanne Mendonca claims that she did—she says she also lost a ton of money, her health, and her job. At the end of the day she did say she gained something from the show—150lbs. TMZ caught up with the former reality show contestant who was definitely not mincing word when she said The Biggest Loser was "the biggest mistake of my life."
Mendonca is in the process of filing a civil class action against The Biggest Loser, claiming that the show underfed and over-exercised the contestants, withheld water from them, and after filming, cut contact with them. She also claims that the contestants were only allowed to eat 800 calories a day and had to work out for eight hours. According to Mendonca, the intense diet and exercise regime has completely destroyed her metabolic rate, making it impossible for her to lose or keep the weight off.
A new study showed that 13 out of 14 contestants who were on The Biggest Loser had gained back the weight they lost, and some are even heavier now than they were when they first came on the show. However, there are those who disagree with Mendonca's claims. Olivia Ward, who won season 11 of The Biggest Loser five years ago and managed to keep the weight off, told Entertainment Tonight, "They do give you all the tools that you need plus you have phone numbers galore, and it's your responsibility to reach out if you feel like you're sinking."
So, according to science, some people's bodies will not allow them to keep the weight off no matter what they do. Let that be some consolation to you as you eat an entire sleeve of Oreos by yourself tonight.