SLOW AND STEADY WINS THE RACE; BE THE TORTOISE, NOT THE HARE!
1-2 lbs per week of weight loss should be your goal. Lose more than that, and you’ll likely be starving yourself, burning up muscle. But you need muscle (ladies, you, too – don’t worry – you won’t get “bulky” if you weight train) to burn calories. If you lose muscle, once you stop starving yourself (you can’t keep that up forever), you’ll rebound and gain even more fat.
“…the winner of the program’s first season, Ryan C. Benson, who lost 122 of his 330-pound starting weight…. is now back above 300 pounds … he publicly admitted that he dropped some of the weight by fasting and dehydrating himself to the point that he was urinating blood….
Nutritionists and physiologists not affiliated with “The Biggest Loser” express doubt about the program’s regimen of severe caloric restriction and up to six hours a day of strenuous exercise, which cause contestants to sometimes lose more than 15 pounds a week…. On the first episode of the current season, two contestants were sent to the hospital, one by airlift after collapsing from heat stroke during a one-mile race….
Medical professionals generally advise against losing more than about two pounds a week. Rapid weight loss can cause many medical problems, including a weakening of the heart muscle, irregular heartbeat and dangerous reductions in potassium and electrolytes.