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Don’t Give Up on Weight Loss Because of "Biggest Loser"

Tufts research doesn’t support surprising findings of slowed metabolism.

August 2016 — If you followed the headlines about a recent study of contestants in the "Biggest Loser" reality-TV show, you might be despairing about your own chances of maintaining a healthy weight. The study, published in the journal Obesity, tracked contestants appearing on the show’s eighth season, with 14 of the 16 willing to be re-measured six years later. On average, participants gained back more than two-thirds of the pounds they lost on the program’s extreme diet and exercise regimen; some are even heavier now than before.

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