Contestants on the show lose upwards of 10 pounds per week (in the very first week, some contestants have lost 20"30 pounds in that one week alone), whereas the established medical guidelines for safe weight loss are between 1 and 2 pounds per week.Other health writers take it even further, suggesting that everything from the shows dietary guidelines to workout routines are completely flawed.
In a June 2010 interview, Hibbard said, "I do still struggle [with an eating disorder]. The ranch is an equestrian estate in Simi Valley, California, northwest of Los Angeles.
Recent seasons have been filmed near Malibu Creek State Park.
The eventual winner of the $250,000 grand prize was Ryan, with a total weight loss of 122 pounds (37%).
Featured fourteen contestants divided into two teams based on gender.
Those sent home early compete for a smaller prize while those on the show compete for a larger prize and the title of "The Biggest Loser". Some episodes have been aired in a shortened one-hour format to accommodate The Voice and the State of the Union address.
Each episode features some, but not all, of the following activities (some contestants may not participate in an activity with physical requirements if placed on medical restrictions): |width=25%}} According to Live Science.com, "physicians and nutritionists worry the show's focus on competitive weight loss is, at best, counterproductive and, at worst, dangerous".
Because the show is a contest that involves eliminations from it, some contestants are encouraged to take risks that endanger their health. Benson, the winner of the program's first season, publicly admitted that "he dropped some of the weight by fasting and dehydrating himself to the point that he was urinating blood".
Also since the show Benson has regained all of his weight, but 10"12 lbs.
Kim Lyons joined the show, replacing Jillian Michaels as the Red Team trainer for only one season.