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Contestant from 'The Biggest Loser' ends up heavier than when he started show at 32 stone

Published 03/05/2016 | 11:48

THE BIGGEST LOSER -- Episode 801 -- Pictured: (l-r) Antoine Dove, Sean Algaier; Alison Sweeney -- (Photo by: Chris Haston/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE BIGGEST LOSER -- Episode 801 -- Pictured: (l-r) Antoine Dove, Sean Algaier; Alison Sweeney -- (Photo by: Chris Haston/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)

A new study which revisited contestants from a series of popular lifestyle show The Biggest Loser found that just one has managed to keep the weight off in the aftermath of the programme.

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The research found that just one of the fourteen contestants who took part in the series maintained their weight loss since shedding the stones in 2009 and one is heavier than when he signed up to the programme.

The New York Times reports that Sean Algaier weighed 30 stone 10lb before taking part in the show and dropped to 20 stone 1lb after following the intensive programme. However, he now weighs two stone more than when he started.

Fellow contestant Daniel Cahill shed 17 stone throughout the programme and its aftermath and dropped to 13 stone 9lbs. However, he now weighs 20 stone 1lb.

THE BIGGEST LOSER -- Season 8 -- Pictured: Sean Algaier
THE BIGGEST LOSER -- Season 8 -- Pictured: Sean Algaier

The research conducted by metabolism expert Kevin Hall suggests that the contestant’ metabolisms were negatively impacted by the show.

The findings published in the journal Obesity found that the contestants had healthy metabolisms prior to the show, but now they have slowed dramatically.

Mr Cahill has to eat 800 calories a day less than the average man as anything more turns to fat.

Michael Schwartz, a professor of medicine at the University of Washington told the New York Times that the findings were significant.

“The key point is that you can be on TV, you can lose enormous amounts of weight, you can go on for six years, but you can’t get away from a basic biological reality,” he said.

“As long as you are below your initial weight, your body is going to try to get you back.”

THE BIGGEST LOSER -- Episode 801 -- Pictured: Sean Algaier
THE BIGGEST LOSER -- Episode 801 -- Pictured: Sean Algaier

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