At our last Paleo meet-up I was talking about the Biggest Loser, and one of the other members mentioned that I should look into the real story behind the Biggest Loser. I did, and it was pretty disappointing.
-The reason why they have such dramatic weight loss has a lot to do with water weight. For about 24 hours prior to the weigh in, contestants don't drink water, and do anything they can to sweat out water, and they avoid all salt (even when the doctors recommend an electrolyte solutions for their health). This is pushed by the trainers.
-Also, a week is not a week. Sometimes a week is 5 days. Sometimes a week is 12 days. Helps with the drama, I suppose.
-I question how healthy it is for their bodies that they go from being completely sedentary to working out 6 hours a day. According to one former contestant, there were injuries that occurred, and the trainers would make them push through them, despite doctors advice.
-At least the one contestant who spoke out (and I'm sure she is not alone), an eating disorder developed after leaving the ranch.
-And, as for the product placement (subway, lara bars, what have you), I was told that they just spit that stuff out once the cameras stop rolling.
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Now! On to HACKING! Because that is what the question was about.
I have often dreamed about a Paleo biggest loser sort of show. Where contestants aren't eliminated, but are put through a battery of medical tests initial (fitness, blood work, psychological/mood etc). Then are fed appropriately, get proper sleep, get outside a lot and soak up the sun, and are exercised similar to HGs. Walking, dancing, climbing, resting, playing. Taught how to shop, how to cook, how to avoid processed crap, how to live.
Then, show how they improve. Not only in health, but in mood and self esteem. Personally, I think you can get just as dramatic results with Paleo in that time period, though a lot of those dramatic results will be on touchy feely things like HAPPINESS. Which is not as sexy to the camera. But still inspiring!!!