Pros & Cons of Weight Loss Challenges

From the Show: Train Your Body
Summary: Is your work place conducting a weight loss challenge, trying to be like the biggest loser? Learn why this approach might backfire.
Air Date: 4/28/15
Duration: 10
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: Brian Parr, PhD
Brian Parr 2013Brian Parr, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Exercise and Sports Science at the University of South Carolina Aiken where he teaches undergraduate courses in exercise physiology, research methods, nutrition, and health behaviors. He also conducts research in physical activity and weight control. Dr. Parr is an ACSM member and an ACSM Certified Clinical Exercise Physiologist. Dr. Parr writes a weekly Health & Fitness column for a local newspaper and is a regular contributor to magazines, websites, and professional publications.
Pros & Cons of Weight Loss Challenges
Is your work place conducting a weight loss challenge? Are they trying to be like the biggest loser?

You may think this is a great way to get motivated. But, could it lead to unachievable goals and ultimately de-motivate people?

To lose weight and keep it off, you must keep things in perspective. You did not gain the weight quickly, and you should not plan to lose it quickly.

While the promise of quick weight loss is enticing, dieters who lose weight quickly on a severe diet inevitably regain the weight.

Whether you're losing weight for a competition, or you need to "make weight" for an event, you must consider how you're going to lose that weight AND keep it off. 

Brian Parr, PhD, discusses quick weight loss and its lasting (or rather, non-lasting) effects.