I was fascinated to read Barry Sears online review of the dietary strategies used by the biggest loser and some of the real secrets of their success.
1) Screening: the luxury of a tv programme is that you dont have to take all comers: poor knees, bad heart, bit of diabetes, theres probably no chance that you will be on the biggest loser
2) Choosing the motivated. One of the make or break skills (is that the right word?) is motivation. Apparently the 1st show in 2005 had 225,000 applications. You should be able to find 10 or so ” specially motivated” people.
3) You get Paid………
4) an isolated environment away from white bread and sweets…
5) you get a camera put on you ( the effect can be magical)
6) you basically get a Zone diet: “According to the speaker, the real secret is that they are fed a Zonelike Diet with 45 percent of the calories coming carbohydrates (primarily non-starchy vegetables and fruits) with a very limited amount of whole grains, 30 percent of the calories from low-fat protein, and 25 percent from good fats, such as olive oil or nuts. The typical calorie intake for the females is 1,200 to 1,600 and for the males about 1,800-2,400. The typical 300-pound contestant will consume about 1,750 calories per day. Finally, you spread the balanced calories over three meals and two snacks during the day.”