Y’all am I the only one in a bad place about the Biggest Loser Finale last night? That poor Rachel Fredrickson.
I think Bob and Jillian’s face summed it up perfectly when they saw her for the first time:
That’s a stank face and a half there. Shock, horror, disgust. Jillian even mouths, “Oh My God” and not in the good way.
I mean, sweet Jesus…look at this poor girl. Her eyes are sunken, her cheeks are hollow and she has no muscle. She’s all bone. It’s heart breaking.
For God’s sake – she’s so damn frail she fell up the stairs…
My heart breaks for this now underweight girl. Her BMI is now 18. She’s 5’4″ and 105lbs. You can’t tell me she looks healthy. Screw looking good – she looks sickly. She looks like she replaced one eating disorder for another. It really does break my heart.
As quickly as I want to say, “shame on Biggest Loser” I also realize something went terribly awry for Rachel when she got home. The trainers weren’t impressed. In fact, their look of horror and disgust and an overall “wtf” said what I think most of us were thinking.
Her TBL weigh ins weekly were good. She left the Semi Finale weighing 150. She lost about 7 pounds a week while she was at the ranch. In a world of nothing but diet and exercise and there being no real life to contend to that’s doable, I guess. No family or work distractions. You’re in the “cult mentality.” It’s crazy, but doable. This bitch went home and continued to lose about 4lbs a week for the next 3 months. That’s the insane part. The unhealthy part. I’m not being a hater, it’s straight up science – the thinner you are the harder it is to lose weight. The weight flies off of your when you initially change your lifestyle. The more to lose, the easier it is. She went home only 5lbs overweight. So, losing was bound to get harder. Especially pulling numbers like 4lbs a week. Hell – I RARELY lost 4lbs a week at my best.
Let’s do some math:
She’s 5’4″, 150lbs.
Her BMR is 1417 calories a day.
She lost an average of 4lbs a week when she got home.
She had to have cut/burn AT LEAST 2000 calories a day. A DAY. So, let’s say she ate 1417 calories a day and then burned her 2000…
She’d basically have to run a marathon a day – A DAY, PEOPLE – in about 4 hours while maintaining a 1400’ish calorie diet.
Oh – all in 12 weeks. You can’t tell me that’s healthy. I stand by my statement that she replaced one eating disorder with another.
Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy watching TBL for the fun of it; however, I also understand that it’s not realistic for anyone not living on a fat camp working out 8-10 hours a day, eating 800 calories. It’s not a good show for people that are easily influenced or have unrealistic goals. It’s a terrible example for children and doesn’t address the mental health aspect that often accompanies drastic weight loss. With all that being said, it probably wasn’t good for Rachel. She may have won the money, but I wonder how much counseling she needs.