By Jimmy Young
Upon reflecting on why people do not follow through on big decisions or life choices they make, I have discovered that it comes down to 'The Biggest Loser Effect'.
If you have been living under a rock for the last decade, The Biggest Loser is a reality-TV show where overweight contestants train, diet and get help to shed the kilos.
You know what is surprising though? Many winners of the Biggest Loser in America put back on significant weight.
First season winner Ryan Benson started The Biggest Loser at 149 kg, and won the show with a weight of 94 kg. His last known weight was 136 kg.
Third Season Winner Erik Chopin started The Biggest Loser at 185 kg and won the show with a crazy weight of 87 kg. He then ballooned to 166 kg, then came down again to 111 kg.
These are people who saw the benefits of their decisions and hard work, but still were unable to maintain their 'winning' weight. According to the Myspace blogs of Ryan Benson and Season 3 winner Kai Hibbard, both dehydrated themselves in the sauna and ate and drank as little as possible in the week before the final weigh-in.
The Biggest Loser happens in a controlled environment with no connection to the real world.
In the real world, people who work out six hours a day for weight loss are not inspirational, they are obsessive-compulsive.
Contestants are not taught to exercise or how to eat well in a way that fits into real life. Once the show is over, they go back to their 9-to-5 lives, which do not include controlled diet and exercise.
The Biggest Loser Effect happens when decisions do not last in the real-world. It happens when you have not let the decision travel from your mind to the everyday decisions that you make.
Decisions and life changes can only work if you plan for living them every day, asking questions like:
"How am I going to make this decision today?"
"What can I do to make this change stick?"
"What can I avoid doing so this choice lasts?"
If you wake up in the morning and decide you want to quit drinking or smoking, you have not magically changed your behaviour. It is the decisions you make after that which changes your behaviour.
If you decide to start eating healthier, but do not live out that choice when you decide what to eat or what to buy then what good has it achieved?
Decisions that last are the ones that are made every day. Decisions that do not last, never make it to the everyday aspect of life.
It does not have to be like that. Make your decisions count, live your choices every single day and kill The Biggest Loser Effect. •