Former ‘Biggest Loser’ Contestant Slams Reality Show, Says She Was …

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‘Biggest Loser’ winner Kai Hibbard reveals shocking show secrets.

You’d have to be thick-skinned to go on a show like ‘The Biggest Loser’ in the first place, but for one former contestant, the fat-shaming was all too much. The show, in which obese contestants compete to lose the most weight, is “a fat-shaming disaster that I’m embarrassed to have participated in,” she told the New York Post.

“The whole f***king show is a fat-shaming disaster,” she told Page Six. “You just think you’re so lucky to be there that you don’t think to question or complain about anything.” Hibbard said she and other contestants were made to sing contracts giving away their rights to their storylines on the show and forbidding them to speak poorly of the NBC reality show.SHE had always struggled with her weight, but in January of 2006, Kai Hibbard was in real trouble: At just 26 years old, her 5-foot-6 frame carried 120kg. Hibbard says once contestants got to the ‘ranch’, where their rigorous exercise regime began, they were given a medical, then started working out immediately – from five to eight hours straight. The trainers, she said, “would say things to contestants like, ‘You’re going die before your children grow up.’ ‘You’re going to die, just like your mother.’ ‘We’ve picked out your fat-person coffin’ — that was in a text message.

One production assistant told a contestant to take up smoking because it would cut her appetite in half.” Hartsock wed Chris Siegfried in Palos Verdes, California, on Sunday, a rep for the couple told Us Weekly. Turns out what she was in for was five to six hour workouts while eating far fewer than 1,000 calories. “There was no easing into it,” Kai says. “That doesn’t make for good TV. They were also immediately forced into a workout regimen that could last up to 6 hours a day. “My feet were bleeding through my shoes for the first three weeks,” Hibbard claims. Hibbard claims her hair started to fall out and her period stopped. “I was only sleeping three hours a night.” To this day, her knees are still damaged and her “thyroid is now crap”. And according to Hibbard, trainers enjoyed seeing contestants collapse mentally and physically. “They’d get a sick pleasure out of it,” she said. “They’d say, ‘It’s because you’re fat.

Another contestant who spoke to The Post under anonymity told a similar story, adding that the trainers had little empathy, saying “Pain is just weakness leaving the body”. That contestant claims that by the end of the show she was running on 400 calories and eight to nine hour workouts each day. “Someone asked me where I was born, and I couldn’t remember. Attorneys for the Beastie Boys are asking a New York court to order the maker of Monster Energy drink to pay almost $2.5million in legal fees to cover their costs in a copyright violation case. Look at all the fat you have on you.’ And that was our fault, so this was our punishment.” She also alleges the few calories she was allowed to eat were not nutritious, because the show’s food sponsors are more interested in getting their brands on TV than in the contestants’ health. “Your grocery list is approved by your trainer,” she says. “My season had a lot of Franken-foods: I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter spray, Kraft fat-free cheese, Rockstar Energy Drinks, Jell-O.” Her health suffered thanks to the extreme workouts and restricted caloric intake. “My hair was falling out,” she says. “My period stopped.

The show rakes in about $100 million annually in ad sales, with ancillary products such as cookbooks, DVDs, protein powder, clothing, video games and branded weight-loss camps bringing in tens more millions of dollars per year. You will appear ungrateful if you don’t lose more weight before the season finale.’” When asked about Kai’s allegations, NBC told The Post, “Our contestants are closely monitored and medically supervised. Rachel’s emaciated appearance stirred rumors she was suffering from the eating disorders anorexia or bulimia, and drew alarmed reactions from both trainers Jillian Michaels and her colleague, Bob Harper.

She suspects her computer was bugged. “The camera light on my MacBook would sometimes come on when I hadn’t checked in,” she says. “It was like Big Brother was always watching you.” The sequestration lasts five days. Jillian later blamed Dolvett Quince (Frederickson’s trainer), for the anorexia controversy, saying he didn’t properly supervise Rachel to ensure she lost weight in a healthy manner. After an initial winnowing process, 14 of 50 finalists are taken to “the ranch,” where they live, work out and suffer in seclusion. (The remaining 36 are sent home to lose weight on their own, and return later in the season.) Those who remain, Hibbard says, are not allowed to call home. “You might give away show secrets,” she says. Frederickson’s super-skinny appearance caused outrage among “Biggest Loser” fans, who said selecting someone who looks unhealthy as the winner sends the wrong message. You’ll lose your last chance to save your life.’ ” “Safe weight loss is one to two pounds per week, and most people find that hard,” says Lynn Darby, a professor of exercise science at Bowling Green State University. “If you reduce your calories to less than 800-1,000 a day, your metabolism will shut down.

The first-ever Biggest Loser, Ryan Benson, went from 149kg to 94kg — but after the show, he said he was so malnourished he was urinating blood. “That’s a sign of kidney damage, if not failure,” Darby says. And 2014’s Biggest Loser, Rachel Frederickson, became the first winner to generate concern that she had lost too much weight, dropping 70kg in months. She appeared on the cover of People with the headline “Too Thin, Too Fast?” Frederickson (5-foot-4, 47kg) admitted to working out four times a day, and within one month of the finale had gained back nine kg. “Just calorie restriction in and of itself has to be supervised,” Darby says. “I mean, people die. It’s just not safe.” “One contestant had a torn calf muscle and bursitis in her knees,” Hibbard says. “The doctor told her, ‘You need to rest.’ She said, ‘Production told me I can’t rest.’ At one point after that, production ordered her to run, and she said, ‘I can’t.’ She was seriously injured.

When a bell went off, they had to run neck-and-neck like animals, picking up sacks filled with their lost weight on the way. “I walked,” she says. It was her minor form of protest. “They edited it to look like I was lazy,” she says, “but I wasn’t participating because it was humiliating.” When Hibbard got home, her best friend and boyfriend took her straight to the doctor. “She said I had such severe shin splints that she didn’t know how I was still walking,” Hibbard says. Yet she feels a responsibility as someone once held up as false inspiration. “If I’m going to walk around collecting accolades, I also have a responsibility [to tell the truth],” she says. “There’s a moral and ethical question here when you take people who are morbidly obese and work them out to the point where they vomit, all because it makes for good TV.”

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