Weight loss becomes their full time job. They are usually in a situation with little to no distraction. i.e. TBL(Biggest loser which is the only one I have seen). No family, no job, no other focus than weight.
One the weight is slightly exaggerated. Before the first weigh in they waterload and other things to get the starting weight as high as possible so there is a huge drop the first week. Then you get the normal water drop from a radical diet change and some of them lose in the 30-40 lbs range the first 7 days.
They are medically monitored - what you dont see on camera is that in the TBL gym there are WAY more trainers than the celebrity ones. There is a medical staff. Medical checks are frequent.
Calories are kept low. Very low. Well below the basal metabolic point.
Exercise is extreme. A full time job. Wake up. 2 hours of moderate cardio, small breakfast..short digestion, 90 minutes of high intensity circuit training. small break/fuel. 2 hours of medium intensity cardio with high intensity breaks. dinner. more low intensity cardio. 6+ hours a day for most of them. Sometimes more. Sometimes with multiple high intensity sessions. Burn 3000-4000+calories just in exercise each day.
Other things you dont see: Ice packs, massage, physical therapy treatments a full staff on hand to give you the remote hope that you can do that again the next day and the next day.
Out of curiosity I decided to try a "TBL workout schedule" with some modifications just for fun once. (Last year). I was in top physical shape STARTING my personal challenge. The most I could squeeze in was about 3-4 hours and I am a stay at home mom with kids in school. I got nothing else done because when I wasnt working out I was either fueling for my next workout or napping or changing. I had fun, but about 4-5 weeks in it got old. Boring. Very very hard to sustain on your own and I am someone who LOVES the gym. Most I ever managed to burn in a day was about 2000 calories (above BMR).
Last edited by runnergal; 03-31-2011 at 02:49 PM.
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"When I got too tired to run anymore I just pretended I wasnt tired and kept running anyway" - my daughter Age 7