Why do you suppose the contestants on The Biggest Loser who had been...

@sbeauty (5871)
United States
November 9, 2006 9:13am CST
...at home the whole time ended up losing more weight than the ones on the ranch? I'm thinking it had to do with the fact that muscle weighs more than fat, and the people at the ranch have been adding muscle right along.
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@shellyrios (1215)
• United States
9 Nov 06
I don't watch that program, but I agree with you. I think on the ranch they would be getting more strenous workouts which would build muscle quickly being that everything they probably did was more physical.......
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@sbeauty (5871)
• United States
9 Nov 06
Last night the new contestants did workouts with the old ones. They could keep up with the basic stuff, but when it got to weight training, they didn't stand a chance. Thanks for your answer!
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@caribe (2465)
• United States
16 Nov 06
Exercise - Exercising for weight loss
Yes, I agree with you totally that the diffence is that the ones at home haven't been building muscle. I do think it is a great twist to the show though. Because it gives a greater incentive for those who had to go home early in the game to continue to lose weight since there is the possibility they can get back in the game. I know that the ones at the ranch weren't too happy about that, but I thought it was a good thing.
@caraj444 (1080)
• Canada
14 Nov 06
thats a very goog point you have made, i also think it may have to do with those at home not being under the same amount of stress as those on the ranch because they can see their families and have support and they dont have the pressure of being eliminated from the show. when we are stressed we make more of the hormone cortisol (i belive this is the correct hormone one but not 100% but will check out and if wrong will post and revise) and because of history when we are stresed and release this hormone we will store more calories than when we dont because our brains do not necessarily differentiate between different types of stress all our brains think is stress so well hold more calories (in case were stressed about no food) well release more adrenaline so we can take flight if its a danderous situation and many other things, so they may not reach there maximum weight loss potential because of the stressful situation
@sbeauty (5871)
• United States
14 Nov 06
Personally I don't see how the contestants on the ranch can stand being isolated from their families so long. Especially the ones that have small children. I'm afraid I would get terribly homesick. I don't blame Bobby for wanting to go home.
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@KrauseHome (32376)
• United States
14 Nov 06
I can't see how they can stay away so long either. Must take a lot to go this far. I now I would not want to be away from my husband for that length of time.
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@cpamanda (694)
• United States
14 Nov 06
I think you have a good point and yes it is cortisol. Also, if you think about it, being home, not being at the ranch, might drive you work harder to loose weight. The unknown is a huge driving factor in people. The contestansts at the ranch can watch each other, but if you are home, isolated, you only know how hard you are working, not if you are measuring up to others.
@meeoww (1174)
• United States
14 Nov 06
I've only heard about the show. You mean that they didn't take that into account when figuring out who was the winner? Geez! You'd think that they'd do a body fat measurement, either electrical impedance, caliper measusrement, hydro-whatsitcalled submersion thingy! Oh my gosh that is so unfair. Yes, muscle weighs way more than fat! Oh, in that case, that show's a farce.
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@sbeauty (5871)
• United States
14 Nov 06
No one has won yet. They had originally kept 14 people on the ranch and sent the other 36 home. As the #s at the ranch dwindled because they send someone home each week, they brought back the two people who had lost the most weight at home to join the group. Although these two people had lost more weight, they can't begin to keep up physically with the group who has been working out with trainers. I think they wanted viewers to see the difference exercise and weight training can make and that just losing weight isn't enough to make a person really fit.
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@meeoww (1174)
• United States
14 Nov 06
Oh,ok. Well that's not so bad because the public needs to be educated on how the body handles weight loss/retention. But would be very interesting to see how they finish the show. I'll have to figure out when it's on, cuz I don't watch too much tv. Aloha!
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• United States
10 Nov 06
I think even though they may have lost more weight, they aren't in as good shape as the folks at the ranch.
@sbeauty (5871)
• United States
14 Nov 06
I agree. They couldn't begin to keep up with the old gang. Even Erik who couldn't do anything at the beginning is keeping right up now.
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@tmnjyk (3487)
• Canada
15 Nov 06
fat - fat
Yes! I believe so sbeauty:) I am even surprised that these 4 people even lose more than with those in the ranch, I asked my husband and that is actually his answer. Hmmm...also must something to do with the age too:) like what happen to the girl who has the biggest percentage of lose now:)+
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@KrauseHome (32376)
• United States
14 Nov 06
You are probably right... But then look at the one last week who lost a lot of weight... It is amazing even if they do not loose as much as the ones at home, what they do learn, and can accomplish. It is a Great show, and cannot wait to see what happens this week.
@Fishmomma (11466)
• United States
31 Dec 06
I believe the answer is a combination with muscle, age and how much weight you started at in the beginning. We could all see the people on the ranch did a lot of weight lifting, but its unlikely that people at home were regularly lifting weights. Its a lot easier to lose weight when you are young, so the youngest people may have had a lot easier time and didn't need to work as hard to get into shape. I would like to lose 20 pounds and know that is harder for me, than if I had 100 pounds or more to lose.
@isasice (2015)
• Iceland
14 Nov 06
It is very likely that the muscle gaining is the answer. It would be interestig to do a follow up on the same contestants and see who succeeded in keeping the weight off. My bet would be on the contestants who were on the ranch. What comes off fast usually comes back fast also. I'm still waiting for that secret pill that takes off all the extra weight and keeps it off lol.
@gabi1203 (578)
• Canada
14 Nov 06
I agree with you to!