The Truth About “The Biggest Loser”- My interview with Season 3 runner-up Kai Hibbard

It is no secret that I absolutely LOATHE the dangerous game show called “The Biggest Loser”.  It is supposed to be a REALITY show but is actually a very dangerous game show that is teaching horrible habits and unhealthy behaviors all in the name of money.  Competitors are trying to be the last one standing (kind of funny since so many end up passing out throughout the course of their time on the show) and win the BIG MONEY for losing the most weight, or percentage of their weight. This is all done is a VERY short amount of time and using very unhealthy and unrealistic methods to get the job done.  I have had so many former contestants speak to me “off the record” about the terrible things that go on behind the scenes that you never see.  Most are too afraid to come on the show and be interviewed because of the contracts they have to sign swearing they will never talk about the behind the scenes aspect of the show that viewers do not see. The contracts are perpetual ad never expire. RED FLAG NUMBER ONE- If nothing dangerous is going on, then why do they need such a contract? However many former contestants who have tried to speak out are hit with scary letters from the big lawyers who represent the production team of the show and they back down.  Even if you take away the dangerous practices they are teaching contestants, there is simply no reality to the idea of coming home to the “real world” and being able to keep up the lifestyle they are teaching of 2-3 hour per day workouts, personal chefs, etc. This is why if you look up former contestants years later, MANY have regained most, if not ALL of the weight they lost. It is just like with any diet.  You have heard me preach time and time again that diets DO NOT WORK long term and they do not.  We need good healthy tools and lifestyle changes to get to and stay at a healthy weight.  This game show is NOT one of them. There are countless stories of young people watching this show and starving themselves and doing INSANE things to try and achieve the results they are seeing on TV.  For the most part, the only former contestants I see with super positive things to say about the experience are ones with a financial interest in doing so.  Ones who have tried to turn that appearance into a career.   Again- MOST not all.  I realize that some will say it was best thing they ever did regardless of motive and that is all well and good.  It does not, however change the fact that most of the stories are NOT GOOD.  And the longer you survive on the game show, the worse things seem to be. kaihibbard I was so excited to see that one contestant, the second place finisher from Season 3- Kai Hibbard was willing to come on my show totally on the record and tell her story.  I will leave things there and let you listen for yourself.  KUDOS to Kai for not being afraid of the big bad network and producers and living her truth!  Here is the link to her interivew which is in 4 parts and all four can be listened to on the Podomatic podcast channel AT THIS LINK XXOO Erin erinsignature


About Erin Akey

I am a formerly morbidly obese wife, mother, Christian, author, speaker, water fitness instructor, nutritionist, anti-obesity advocate, and Emerald Ambassador with Plexus Worldwide. I am passionate about helping people fight the disease of obesity and also preventing and addressing obesity in children. I believe we have so many amazing tools available to treat this disease and we all need to take advantage of the ones we feel are right for us. I am also passionate about women taking the time to care for their needs. We live in a world where so many of us spend all of our time taking care of others that we neglect ourselves. I am all about making God the center of everything and letting His will take control of our lives and watching the beautiful blessings come from that release of power! Live, Laugh, and LOVE every day! Be grateful and be humble and watch the world around you change!
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