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The Biggest Loser & The Problem With Weight Loss Porn

Anyone who’s a participant of the Facebook page for BGG2WL knows that during The Biggest Loser’s most recent season, we hosted weekly chats discussing the ongoings of each episode. For me, this was my first season watching the show, and I didn’t even watch it from the start.

I’m not a big TV person. It’s just gotten lazy, to me. Everything is “unscripted reality,” which is really just code for “The network is too cheap to pay writers, so let’s just pay a few cameramen to take shifts following around really problem-prone people.”

Let’s not even talk about the “weight loss porn” that we keep seeing as of late. That’s right.. I said it – weight loss porn. It’s almost as if seeing people struggle with weight is being fetishized. Pornographic in nature, even.  Huge. Ruby (thanks, Felicia!). The Biggest Loser. Losing It. One Big Happy Family. Celebrity Fit Club. Whatever Crap Kirstie Alley Is Doing To Get Her Face On The TV Screen Again. For some reason, Americans love watching the overweight agonize over not being “one of the beautiful people,” and salivate at the thought of watching them sweat the pounds off to get there.

I’ve just never been that person. While I love to root for a good story just like anyone else… I’m just… always reminded that it’s TV – situations (and footage) are manipulated to present us what they want to present us.

Enter Kai Hibbard.

A contestant from the third season of The Biggest Loser (TBL), she recently appeared on practically every major venue speaking about the ills of the show that helped build her name.

(If you were advised to be wary of triggers, I would advise you to not read the following highlighted passages.)

Taken from her original interview with Golda Poretsky:

On the seclusion of the ranch:

“A lot of people don’t know that once we were actually on the ranch, it was 6 weeks before we were allowed to get mail from home and our mail was opened and censored.  And it was 8 weeks before we were allowed to speak to anybody on the phone and it was for 5 minutes at a time with a chaperone.”

On the meaning of a “week” on the Biggest Loser:

“It varied.  It went from 14 days and I believe that near the end we had one week that was 5 days.”

On being treated as “an expendable commodity”:

“We did one challenge in a stadium in California.  It was about 100 degrees that day and the challenge involved running up stairs and then doing the wave all the way around the stadium and then running down the stairs and back across the football field.  When we were done, we were obviously covered in sweat, we were all out of shape, and that was a really hard challenge in that heat. They brought us bottles of water that we had packed ourselves in the truck that had been sitting in the heat all day, and they broke out coolers for the trainers, the cameramen, the audio people, and for Caroline Rhea and they had cool water and we drank 90 degree water after we ran the challenge. . . . And actually one of the contestants, Eric, from New York (won my season) lost it at that point and screamed about how we weren’t animals and to please stop treating us like animals and they handled it the way they handled us always,

[they] quieted him down, and reminded him how lucky we were to be there, that it was saving his life.

On the way contestants (and viewers) are brainwashed into believing that fat people are subhuman:

“I believe that  . . . most of the contestants, felt like it was okay to treat us like we were subhuman when we were there, that the ends justify the means.  If they were going to make us thin, then it was totally worth it to humiliate us and treat us poorly all the way along.  I just don’t feel that way.”

Kai on The Biggest Loser’s diet and exercise program:

“Unfortunately, what they’re telling you the contestants are doing and what they actually have the contestants doing are two different things, at least as far as my season goes.  We were working out anywhere between 2 and 5 hours a day, and we were working out severely injured. There’s absolutely no reason to work a 270 pound girl out so hard that she pukes the first time you bring in a gym.  That was entirely for good tv.

There was a registered dietician that was supposed to be helping [the contestants at the ranch] as well . . . but every time she tried to give us advice . . . the crew or production would step in and tell us that we were not to listen to anybody except our trainers. And my trainer’s a nice person, but I have no idea what she had for a nutritional background at all.”

On how the trainers and producers overrode the show’s doctors:

“The doctor had taken our blood and tested us and sent us a solution, I don’t know exactly what it was but it was salty, so I’m assuming that our electrolytes were off.  And when the trainers found out we were taking it, they told us under no certain terms were we to be taking that, because it would make us retain water and gain weight on the scale and we’d have to go home.  The doctors had ordered us to take it and the trainers were like, ‘throw it out, right now.’  There was this interference between the people who were actually probably trying to get us healthy from the people who wanted a good television show.

On the show’s low-calorie diet and her subsequent eating disorder:

“I think when I was on the actual ranch we were eating between 1,000 and 1,200 calories a day, I’m not certain.  The thing is, it got worse when I got home. . . . I would get e-mails constantly from the producers: ‘what have you done today?’ ‘are you working out enough?’  It was just always, always, always.  At that point, [I had] all the pressure on me, and [I was] trying to do right by what I had been told is the best thing to ever happen to me. And they would tell you all the time, ’200,000 other fat girls were in line right behind you. How dare you waste this experience? How dare you let anybody down?’

So I got to a point where I was only eating about 1,000 calories a day and I was working out between 5 and 8 hours a day. . . .  And my hair started to fall out.  I was covered in bruises.  I had dark circles under my eyes.  Not to get too completely graphic, but my period stopped altogether and I was only sleeping 3 hours a night.  I tried to tell the T.V. show about it and I was told, ‘save it for the camera.’

“At that point, my boyfriend at the time, who’s now my husband, and my best friend and my family stepped in and they said, ‘Hey, crazy, you’re going to die if you keep this up.’  At that point was doing really fun things like not eating at all. . . my major food groups were water, black coffee and splenda.  I got to the point that when I was nervous or upset I was literally vomiting my food up. And at one point the scale stalled, I was stuck at 163, and my trainer and the producers all ordered me to take a free day. . . .  They said, ‘oh, you’re body needs to be shaken up.’  And I was so afraid of food at that point I went in [to the store], I bought a bag of snicker doodle cookies, and a quart of milk, and a box of ex lax and I ate them all together.  And I knew that I was in trouble. And it was at this point that I was like, ‘Hey, where are those doctors and that psychologist that are supposed to be following up and keeping an eye on me that I kept hearing about?’”

On how the contestants dehydrated themselves before weigh-ins:

I didn’t learn how to dehydrate until I got on the ranch. It was every week.  Every single week, this is what a weigh-in would look like: the real weigh-ins were at 10 o’clock in the morning and they were on a cattle scale at the ranch and they weren’t filmed. . . . Now, mind you, it was shot in Simi Valley, so it’s a desert, so it’s hot.  And on the morning of the weigh-in you would get up and you’d put on your underwear, your spandex shorts, and you’d put on sweatpants and then you’d put on a sports bra, a tank top, a long sleeve shirt, and your sweatshirt, a ball cap, and then you’d zip up your sweatshirt, you’d put your hood on and you’d go down to the gym.  [The gym] wasn’t a real gym, it was a temporary structure just for shooting and it didn’t have any air conditioning and you’d shut all the doors and all the windows in the gym.  Then you would work out for two, two and half hours (as long as you could stand it) without any water. (The boys would take water, rinse their mouth out, and spit it.  I couldn’t even do that — if I was going to put water in my mouth, I was going to drink it.)  Most, if not everybody, had cut their water about 24 hours beforehand, if not 24 hours then at least by 5 o’clock the afternoon before.  And then, you would drink coffee if you had anything the night before, because (a) it would clean your system out and (b) it would dehydrate you.

“So after you did the 2 hours of working out in full sweat, sweating off as much as you can, you would go back to the house, shower, blow dry your hair, and strip down to the lightest clothing you could find, which was usually spandex shorts and a sports bra.  Then you’d go downstairs and you’d weigh yourself in and the second you got off that scale you would chug water because you were so dehydrated.”

On her most painful weigh-in:

“The worst one I can remember is the very last one, before the final weigh-in, and it was down to five contestants left.  I remember being on the elliptical and being so exhausted and so ready to go home and so dehydrated that I burst into tears and I’m crying . . . and I’m still working out and it set off a chain reaction and every single person in the gym, all of the five contestants that were left, were crying.  And we were so brainwashed at that point that I remember saying out loud, ‘Well, at least we’re losing more water-weight by crying.’

On how the show is edited to make contestants look bad for refusing to work out with injuries:

“You really get brainwashed into thinking everything’s your fault, [that] you’re just not strong enough, you’re just not good enough. . . . For example, Heather, on my season, was told by the medical trainer, not one of the personal trainers, . . . ‘Here’s the deal, both your knees are messed up, and I believe you ripped your calf muscle.’  So he told the trainer that too but when you watch the show, Heather’s arguing with our trainer and saying, ‘Look, I can’t do it.’  And they made it look like it’s because she’s lazy and refuses to work out, when actually she’s been told by the doctors, ‘Do not run, do not do this, you cannot do this.’ And production and her personal trainer wanted her to do it anyway, just for the cameras.  And when she refused to do it for the cameras because it would have damaged her body even more (she ended up needing steroid shots in both knees while we were still there by the way) it was edited to make her look like she was lazy and disobedient, basically.  So then you’ve got the 22 million Americans that watch it thinking that you’re this horrible, lazy, ungrateful person.  And she literally got death threats on the NBC web site.  I just have people that tell me stuff like, I’m ugly when I cry, or I’m lazy.  She got death threats.

On the fantasy of being thin:

“They said that they were very surprised by me as a contestant because, if you watch from the beginning of the season to the end, my personality doesn’t change at all.  And my comment was, ‘Why would it?’  But I guess that 95% of the contestants start off one person and end up a different one at the end.  And it’s because they believe that being thin will make all my dreams come true. [But] your mortgage is the same if you weigh 144 or if you weigh 268.  You’re either happy with your life or you’re not.

I can recall an argument I got into with a friend of mine about shows like TBL.. with his argument going something like, “We need shows like this to show people what it looks like to work hard in the gym. You sweat, you grind, you burn, you get pissed, but you’re happy when you see the results.” Yeah, I hear you talkin’, but um… 17lbs in one “week?” What about ol’ dude that lost ~30lbs his first “week” there?

My complaint has always been that it sets an unrealistic expectation for what one can continue to expect throughout their weight loss journey. The average person – who probably (unfortunately) knows very little about how their body handles weight outside of what the commercials tell them – doesn’t recognize that “hard work cannot produce 11lb weekly weight loss” on a regular basis. What I can see happening (and admittedly, what has happened to me), is someone going to the gym, busting their tails, “only” losing 4lbs and thinking that “This is as hard as I can work, and I only lost 4lbs? Why can they lose 11lbs in a week, and I can’t? I can’t do this anymore!” and giving up. We all know that people will sometimes look for reasons to give up… and while it isn’t NBC’s responsibility to keep us motivated, a little integrity might be nice, here.

And since we’re talking about scales, I can fuss about the weigh-ins, as well. I just spent three months ramping up my weight lifting routine so that when I burn the rest of this fat, my skin will have an actual shape to cling to.. not just dangle and hang there. I know how many inches I’ve lost, and I know how much leaner my body has become. I also know that I actually gained weight during that time, too. If I were a scale freak, I might be bothered by this. TBL encourages weight lifting with the left hand, and breeds scale freaks with the right – your longevity on the show (and your chance at 250k) is wholly determined by what shows up on that scale. Replacing muscle with fat (replacing a pound of muscle with a pound of fat… is still replacing a pound with a pound)… means that you’re not losing. A scale freak’s nightmare.

I love the stories of people overcoming their struggles. I also love the fact that TBL shows people working as hard as they can, and the joy on their faces when they see how that hard work paid off. Despite how manipulated that footage or situation may be, the message that gets across is that “hard work produces results.” I can respect that. TBL has inspired countless “office competitions” where groups of co-workers host their own TBL competitions and support one another. We cannot deny the fact that one of the biggest examples of weight loss porn has done some good.

We also cannot deny the fact that TBL creates an environment where “normal” results are frowned upon, and now it seems like unhealthy methods of weight loss are being glorified on the low. The average American, approximately 20-30lbs overweight, is not going to lose 30lbs in one week without surgery. I’own care what you say. Two pounds in a week makes sense, but someone losing 2lbs on the ranch is ready to cry. The everyday TBL fan won’t always say to themselves, “Well, if I was on a ranch where all I did was workout and sleep, 2lbs would be a disappointment to me, too.” They’ll say, “2lbs? Gosh, he sucks.”

Nine times out of ten, if you lose a gang of weight quickly, it’s highly unlikely that you’ll keep it off. Why? Because you probably lost it by doing something you can’t maintain for the rest of your life. Living on a ranch where your only stress is losing weight – no bills to worry about, no kids to chase around, no boss to brown nose – is not a lifestyle change. It simply isn’t. And with as little as many of us know about our bodies and weight gain… we’re not focusing on that lifestyle part of this. We’re focusing on the “how can I lose 8lbs in a ‘week?'” part of this… as evidenced by the average supermarket magazine cover. Hibbard, herself, was quoted as saying the following:

“I actually put on about 31 pounds in two weeks. After my body had a chance to stabilize I spent all last year hovering between 159 and 175, I fight everyday to find some stability.”

In my mind, shows like this have some positive points… but they simply don’t outweigh the negative (no pun intended, I promise.) In an environment like the BGG2WL FB page, we can talk about the show without assigning those expectations of 8lbs in a “week” to ourselves. (Besides, there’s always someone ready and willing to jump in and announce how unrealistic the show is, anyhow.) Most of America doesn’t get to enjoy that kind of support system, online or not. Fetishizing unrealistic methods producing unrealistic results can only turn us into people who believe weight loss is unattainable… and that’s unfair to all of us.

All of this is to say, if you’re watching these kinds of shows for the occasional tidbit of information they share or the entertainment value (?), then by all means, enjoy yourself! But don’t hold these shows up to be some standard or model of success, because they simply don’t mirror our everyday lives in any capacity… and even if they did, there are anatomical (and, as outlined above, apparently ethical) reasons why the phrase “results may vary” rings true, here.

Look to yourself, your support system and your personal inspiration to guide you on your journey. Not a TV show that can be – and will be – manipulated for the sake of money. Your health deserves so much more than that.

By | 2017-06-10T11:20:59+00:00 January 26th, 2015|Health On The Small Screen, Running, The Op-Eds|79 Comments

About the Author:

The proud leader of the #bgg2wlarmy, Erika Nicole Kendall writes health, fitness, nutrition, body image and beauty, and more here at #bgg2wl. After losing over 150lbs, Kendall became a personal trainer certified in fitness nutrition, women's fitness, and weight loss from the National Academy of Sports Medicine, and crtified in sports nutrition by Precision Nutrition. She now lives in New York with her husband and children, and is working on her 6th and 7th certifications because lol why not.

79 Comments

  1. Curvy Jones July 6, 2010 at 11:19 AM - Reply

    Great post!!! I’ve never been a BL fan… the losses are just too unbelievable.

    I loved what she had to say about buying into the fairy tale: “Your mortgage is the same if you weigh 144 or if you weigh 268”

    • Erika July 6, 2010 at 12:37 PM - Reply

      I thought that was relatively poignant, too – we think our body image woes are so real… until the bills start rolling in. LOLOL “Real” is relative, LOL.

  2. BAnjeeB July 6, 2010 at 11:59 AM - Reply

    Several friends have actually auditioned for TBL and before I read Kai’s interview a little while ago I was supportive. I don’t watch the show, but it was something they wanted so I encouraged them. However after her interview, I fear for those who go on the show. Trading an unhealthy healthy way of living and eating for another unhealthy way of living and eating isn’t really progress in my book. Even if I am the lucky one to win the cash.

    • Erika July 6, 2010 at 12:38 PM - Reply

      Hey… at least now you have a little more insight on how to advise your friends in the future – send ’em here or to Golda’s original series (I know I took big chunks, but the interview in itself was very thorough and much longer) and let them decide for themselves. Nothing worse than making a decision with only half the information on hand. 🙁

    • Egean Ab Doc Collins October 9, 2011 at 12:05 PM - Reply

      Great article! I seen this on a link on facebook. You are doing a great job. Being in this field I already know this stuff was going on this and other shows. It’s all about TV not the person. Like one of your readers said “Swapping one unhealthy life style for another” Like you said. One of the biggest problems with these shows is making the audience feel this is the right way to do things or you are less human if you don’t. I”m posting this on my facebook page and now I’m a big fan of yours. “It works when you work it”

  3. Evelyn July 6, 2010 at 11:59 AM - Reply

    I am absolutely floored. I, like the majority of people who watch the show, had no idea these kinds of things were going on. I must admit, I have developed an “addiction” to “weight loss porn” (that’s one of the most hilarious/on the money things I’ve ever read, btw)since embarking on this journey… I get my fix from TBL, YouTube before-after videos, blogs, pictures, etc. However, I think I’m able to place things in appropriate “fantasy” and “reality” bins in my mind. While looking at other people’s success stories does serve as inspiration, I know that a steady focus on the truth is the only thing that’s going to make my fantasies real.

    For me, the truth is this: as exciting as these shows are, as great as it is to see someone’s entire weight loss journey neatly summed up in an hour or less, that has nothing to do with me and my journey. I might go to a ranch or fat farm or wherever and lose a ton of weight, but it will only come right back, because my battle isn’t “I’m distracted by life and all I need is to get away from it all for 3 months and I won’t have a weight problem anymore”. My battle is behavioral, my battle is with my choices, my battle is learning to cope with my day to day reality and somehow reframing that reality to exclude self-destructive behavior and include choices that are grounded in my long- term health, so no matter where I am, what my life situation is, what my support system looks like, I am healthy.

    I’ve come to a point where I feel like I’ll do literally anything if it will help me get to that frame of mind.

    • Erika July 7, 2010 at 12:26 PM - Reply

      I like your approach – being able to identify the reality of weight loss and prioritizing the pursuit of health over that which these shows highlight, which is “looking differently.” I’m almost positive I’m not the only person who could identify the number of high-powered girdles being rocked by both women AND men on the TBL finale.

      Don’t get that “anything” feeling, though, because I think that’s the point where so many of us start getting swindled. There’s nothing that can help you get to where you’re going other than moving your own two feet, mama. 🙂

    • CarlaAnn October 13, 2011 at 7:33 PM - Reply

      http://WWW.oa.org
      Check it out it’s what you described.
      Good Luck, many blessings!

  4. BrittanyLove July 6, 2010 at 12:55 PM - Reply

    Omg! This was such a great post. You pointed out so many things that really should be mentioned.Especailly when speaking about expectations. I have been that girl that thinks 2 pounds. Hell 4 pounds wasnt good enough in one week! We are brainwashed with all these weight loss ads and tabloid covers into believing that if you dont drop 14 pounds in 2 weeks then “you aint doing nothing”. Or if the baby weight isnt gone before we see a picture of the kid,then “you have done nothing”.

    Its all kind of sad because we dont start thinking like this as adults most of it starts in childhood.

    What are we pushing on our kids?

    *o and I love how you call it weight loss porn! roflmbo

    • Erika July 6, 2010 at 4:37 PM - Reply

      LOL I’m serious about that, though! It’s so gross – “Oooh, let’s watch these overweight people struggle to ‘become pretty'” WTF? Gross, dude.

      This is why I’m so anti-marketing ploys. Even reliable sources of assistance in losing weight are shrouded in “Lose 459874 pounds in ten minutes!” WTF? I’m over it. This interview was really just enough for me. Seriously, lol.

  5. Chelle July 6, 2010 at 1:06 PM - Reply

    I auditioned for this show in New York City a few years ago and I made it through 2 rounds of auditions. During the final call-back, I was told “I did not have enough drama”. I was this bubbly/happy person and the 4 people in the room with me all had sob stories. The stories passed around in that room were attempted suicide, life-threatening illnesses, lots of tears etc. I just thought it was strange that they would take mostly people like that over someone with personality, great looks, and, quick wit. I know it’s about what sells! It definitely was an experience I will never forget. I had “The look” but not enough “Drama” lol. I totally believe what Kai has said, BL is a machine used to sell dreams.

    I have learned that the best way to lose weight is with willpower, patience, life style change, and exercise. Several other things as well, but these help me through. I don’t see myself auditioning for a show like that again.

    • Erika July 6, 2010 at 4:38 PM - Reply

      I think it is SO telling that in a room full of suicidal and damaged individuals, you were told to go home. Thank you so much for sharing that with everyone – it’s important to hear. 🙂

  6. Trina July 6, 2010 at 1:31 PM - Reply

    I can’t watch that show because it’s so unrealistic. Like sure, if you take me out of my apartment to somewhere I can work out and eat right most of the day, sure I’d lose weight too–maybe not 30lbs ‘a week’, but I’m pretty sure it would drop because there would be no other distractions. That seems like it would set someone up for failure simply because in the real world, you work 8 hours a day and working out after that is not easy. I work 7 to 5 and the LAST thing I want to do when I get off is work out–I mean, I do, but it’s not easy. There are food temptations and friends and parties and lazy days.

    Like I want to see the stat of how many people on this show gained some or all of it back once they were back home.

    • Erika July 7, 2010 at 12:29 PM - Reply

      “That seems like it would set someone up for failure simply because in the real world, you work 8 hours a day and working out after that is not easy.”

      I agree, but if I think about it… that’s where the lifestyle coaching shouuuuuld come into play, here. Strangely enough, not as many people as I’dve expected have put the weight back on. (And really, I expected them all to do it.)

      Kudos to correcting yourself “The last thing I wanna do is workout – I mean, I do, but..” LOL! I hear you, though! After a day of working, dealing with clients, kids and puppies… I barely make it to the bed some nights. Sleepin’ on the floor and thanking heaven for soft carpet! LOL!

  7. Madame July 6, 2010 at 1:49 PM - Reply

    I’ve donned this genre of programming: thinnertainment. And, it’s proven to be very lucrative, hence a new show premiering every time we turn our heads. In a feat where actual success is a rarity to those who lead lives without public attention, the illusion/vision of such accomplishments, are blaring ones. I certainly hope the majority of viewers aren’t naive to the show’s operations and outcomes. However, as the TBL product line surpasses $100M annually, in revenue – I’m surely just preaching to the choir.

    P.S. My friend was baffled after the Kai story broke, that Jillian and Bob weren’t the contestant’s primary trainers (as it appears on the show). I’m like … girl, they have press to do and books and pills to sell, lol.

    • Erika July 7, 2010 at 12:36 PM - Reply

      I hear you – I was pretty shocked when I went to the “healthy” section of the store, and found TBL PRODUCTS? Seriously? Y’all are gon’ milk this for all it’s worth, huh? From my dialogue with visitors of the site, I’m led to believe that people really are pretty unaware of how manipulated the footage is. I can only shine a light on the stuff. I can’t make ’em look. You know?

      And LOL@ Jill and Bob being their trainers… every show needs a pair of figureheads, why not let it be them? *eyeroll*

  8. Michelle July 6, 2010 at 2:01 PM - Reply

    Excellent post! I agree!

    • Erika July 7, 2010 at 2:18 PM - Reply

      Thank you! And thanks for stopping by! 🙂

  9. kim July 6, 2010 at 5:56 PM - Reply

    This was season 1 so it’s been several years and i would just hope they have learned alot and grown since then, the show that is producers etc.

    • Erika July 6, 2010 at 6:52 PM - Reply

      Season 3, mama… not season 1.

  10. JoAnna July 6, 2010 at 8:38 PM - Reply

    Interesting post. I began watcing Biggest Loser when they introduced couples and had the two girlfriends from Detroit. I kept waiting for that one woman who wore a wig to snatch it off, hand it to someone, and lay ito her weightloss partner. After the two of them were dismissed, I lost interest. You just don’t lose weight that fast in the real world.

    I deal with family members who berate my mere 60+lbs weight loss. Funny how they’re mostly 3-4 sizes larger than me, doing that “I’m THICK, but I look GOOD!” It’s also funny how they’re “Fitness Trainers” yet still have tags on all their workout clothes, gear, etc, and just can’t walk the dogs with me (arthritis: athmospheric joint soreness, not enough time, you get too sweaty, etc), or go swimming. But they will deluge my phone and email with the latest gadget, or informercial DVD, or fat burner nonsense that will let me lose 6+lbs per week!

    I did laugh myself silly when one of my aunt and her husband took fat burner and Slim-Fast and had loose bowels and BAD gas for a week!! She had to take off from work because she couldn’t get out of the bathroom!

    My doctor tells me I’m steadily losing weight with each visit, and doing it the right way. I can’t afford anymore physical setbacks from joint injury by jumping into someone else’s exercise routine.

    You posted a pic of 50cents some weeks ago showing his extreme weight loss. Funny how no one wanted to really know how he lost his weight…

    • Erika July 7, 2010 at 10:18 AM - Reply

      You know, I’m tickled by “fitness trainers” – they go out of their way to sound “knowledgeable” about the latest fit fad… and not to be petty, but my question usually is, “Well, if it works so well, do YOU use it?” Ugh.

      And LMAO @ the Aunt and Uncle! Overdoing it on the laxatives, I suppose. That’s terrible. Even if you do cleanse your colon, that does nothing for the fat (or lack of muscle) the body is dealing with, though. Double sigh. Now you see why I’m so against misinformation? Jeez.

      As far as 50 goes… I think his results were so undesirable looking that while there were a few people who were “intrigued” by the fact that he WAS able to shrink, his appearance coupled with the sheer impossibility of the diet (purely liquid) made it kind of nutty.

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