The New York Times published terrifying news today for everyone who doesn't want to be fat: "there is a weight your body will always fight to defend." This has always been a popular theory, but now science is even more certain, thanks to a group of people whose weight yo-yo'ed in front of our eyes: Biggest Loser contestants.
According to the article, almost all 16 of The Biggest Loser's season 8 contestants have regained the weight they lost on the show. Some of them weigh even more than they started.
A sad defeat? Yes. But for the New York Times, it is even more than that. Per the article, "their experiences, while a bitter personal disappointment, have been a gift to science."
A more detailed breakdown of how your body breaks down will be published today in the journal Obesity, but as it was summarized by the NYT article:
Dieters are at the mercy of their own bodies, which muster hormones and an altered metabolic rate to pull them back to their old weights, whether that is hundreds of pounds more or that extra 10 or 15 that many people are trying to keep off.
Millions of viewers watched these poor guinea pigs sweat over boot camp obstacle courses and burn their bellies against climbing ropes in hopes of achieving the rare and glorious dream of fitness. But when no one was watching, they slowly put it back on as their bodies defiantly crept back to their pre-ordained state of obesity.
And now we all know we're trapped by our mortal vessels. Thank you for your sacrifice, Big Losers, for you have shown us that there is no hope. (Well, actually, science also says that if you keep weight off for six months, your body accepts that as a "new normal." But six months?!?!)
It's a scientific dream come true.