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October 25, 2011 8:59 AM
The reason I'm posting this in chit-chat, etc is because it's more of a rant/confusion than an actual question.

I'm doing a Biggest Loser competition at my gym and it really forced me to push myself for the first two weeks, which was awesome! At the first weigh-in (14 days after the kick-off initial weigh in) I felt great because I lost 5 lbs! But here is where the rant/confusion starts:

There is a woman that is probably around 40-ish years old and roughly 5’-7” (no idea on actual age or height since I’ve never paid much attention to her up close) that isn’t very big to begin with.. and she lost 33 pounds in two weeks! WTF?! It was around 19-20% of her total body weight, so you can do the math to figure out her weight.

I’m just baffled by how this is possible and I’m convinced she must have blown the initial weigh-in by eating a ton beforehand (or stuffing her pockets?) so her numbers would look better and she can win the $500 if she loses the biggest % of weight.

I was told she spends about 3 hours a day at the gym doing cardio (and I see her just about every time I’m there), but still, is it actually possible to lose 33 lbs in two weeks even if you are totally working your booty off and eating low calories? I’m curious to see what her numbers look like at the next weigh-in, since we’ve only had the one weigh in since the initial weighing.

Am I just being cynical? Is this actually possible?

(Not curious about how healthy/unhealthy it is, just wondering if it’s actually possible)
  1689510
October 25, 2011 9:01 AM
Well it happens sometimes in just one week on the show Biggest Loser so it's entirely possible if she started out very large and over ate a lot before starting this challenge.
  11696269
October 25, 2011 9:03 AM
If it's possible....which I doubt....It can't be at all healthy!

I'll be interested to see what others think.
  10981065
October 25, 2011 9:04 AM
Your theory sounds likely....post us on her next loss.
October 25, 2011 9:04 AM
It does seem like a big stretch. I think it depends on how much she weighed to begin with. People who weigh more lose more at the start. However, it doesn't seem very healthy.
October 25, 2011 9:05 AM
Given her weight, this is impossible. You cannot lose 10% of your body weight in a week.
October 25, 2011 9:05 AM
Maybe, but should you? NOOOOOOOOO!!!!! Please love your body enough not to do this to it.
  9348250
October 25, 2011 9:05 AM
Yes, in that it's possible to lose 30 pounds in 2 weeks.
No, in that there's no rightly way she lost that much fat.
I'm guessing there was foul-play involved. She was probably severely dehydrated by the end, too.
October 25, 2011 9:05 AM
if you burn 105,000 calories in two weeks then yes. That breaks down to 7,500 calorie deficit a day. I am pretty sure she probably just worked out hard. Regardless of how she put the weight on she still had to lose it. Hard to believe they wouldn't check her body for added weight 9seriously who would go thru the trouble for $500?).

Morale of this story..burn more claories and eat healthier.
  10357231
October 25, 2011 9:05 AM
Yeah if you work out for 6 to 8 hrs a day for two weeks and weigh like 500 lbs and even then its hard to lose that much weight.
October 25, 2011 9:05 AM
Probably, if it involves decapitation or amputationlaugh .
  9963158
October 25, 2011 9:05 AM
Well she could have worked it in her favor for the initial weigh in by drinking a ton of water right before. But I have no idea if it still would show THAT MUCH. Holy shiznit! That's a lot weight to lose in two weeks.

I dunno. Are you sure it said 33 lbs and not 3 POINT 3 lbs?
  9983567
October 25, 2011 9:05 AM
QUOTE:

Well it happens sometimes in just one week on the show Biggest Loser so it's entirely possible if she started out very large and over ate a lot before starting this challenge.


That was my first thought, until I read that it was 19-20% of her total body weight. I have no idea. That's just crazy talk.
  10566910
October 25, 2011 9:05 AM
The only thing that I can think of is that she was obese and had a ton of water weight due to higher sodium intake. Cleaning up nutrition should do that, but thats a frightening amount of weight to lose in a 2 week period. Even when I had the flu, I have lost like 10lbs in a week. Thats scary, not like scary "great" like SCARY!
October 25, 2011 9:06 AM
Maybe she is doing the HCG thing. I have a feeling you are right about the pocket stuffing...lol
October 25, 2011 9:06 AM
Yes that is very possible. However most of this weight was most likely water weight and not actual fat loss.
  876312
October 25, 2011 9:06 AM
I reckon she must have loaded up on water before the initial weigh in! Even so, that' s still pretty major. If she is always at the gym, then this can't be a new habit, and she must have been taking care of herself for a while so no reason for a huge initial loss!
Whatever the reasons, it's certainly not healthy! How long does your competition last? There will be nothing left of her!
Edited by Lindsayrob On October 25, 2011 9:06 AM
October 25, 2011 9:07 AM
I thought i was doing well with 13lbs in 2 weeks. mind you, I am not at the gym for that amount of time each day! Doesn't sound at all healthy. Next time you see her, she may be being carted off to hospital if she carries on. I think she probably had a few burgers and fried breakfasts beforehand.
October 25, 2011 9:07 AM
QUOTE:

Maybe, but should you? NOOOOOOOOO!!!!! Please love your body enough not to do this to it.


Not planning on it :) I'm very happy with my 2ish pound a week loss.
  1689510
October 25, 2011 9:08 AM
I remember watchin that motorcycle show with the son and dad (american choppers? orange county?) anyway. Before they weighed in, the dad put some heavy parts in his pockets/pantlegs etc. And weighed probably 10-15lbs more.

Doesn't seem very possible to me.

If moneys the incentive, seems even less possible.
  11258693
October 25, 2011 9:08 AM
Sounds highly suspicious. If it were purely water weight that would equate to about 4 gallons of water. She probably weighted herself down on the initial weigh in and had a very full GI tract. Short of hemodialysis or a table saw accident involving both lower extremities at about mid thigh.... I don't think so.
  5786445
October 25, 2011 9:08 AM
Double post. But it still sounds and smells like BS
Edited by TDGee On October 25, 2011 9:09 AM
  5786445
October 25, 2011 9:10 AM
no possiblity she was wearing ankle weights at the weigh in is there?
October 25, 2011 9:10 AM
Not implying she's cheating or anything but... Is she wearing the same clothes? She may have loaded up before the first weigh in ion water and put on her heaviest clothes with maybe a few extra things tucked in.

Sounds awful like I'm really mean but I don't even think I've seen people on the biggest loser lose that much in two weeks and if someone is doing that much cardio then shouldn't they be only losing a few pounds anyway, or even gaining due to the muscle?

It just sounds very dubious to me.
  1530787
October 25, 2011 9:13 AM
These "Biggest Loser" contests done nonprofessionally seem like a lawsuit waiting to happen. Either someone yells "fraud" or someone dies from the unhealthy process.

$500 would not be enough for me to do this to my body.
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