Speculation is building up, saying that the airing of “The Biggest Loser Season 18” might be temporarily postponed and will be released on a much later date, following reports that participants of the show were drugged.
The speculation grew as a new study reveals that participants of the show’s season 8 had suffered an irreversible alteration on their metabolism. This means that for them to maintain their weight the time they exited the show, they had to consume several hundreds of calories below than those who hadn’t undergone the weight-loss program.
But since the study only covered a small sample size of about 14 participants from the show’s season 8, its results cannot be generalized or can be applied to the general public. The study, however, provided a useful insight on how a rigorous and abrupt weight-loss program could affect the person’s general health.
But only that, according to a report from the NY Post, it was revealed that participants of the show were drugged to hasten their weight-loss progression, much faster than it would under normal dieting and fitness regimen. This was found through an informant close to the show’s production team who leaked information to the NY Post.
Some of the show’s past participants also spoke openly about how the show went on behind the scene. Suzanne from season 2 shared how the so-called Dr. H treated people who passed out during the show.
“I went and told the sports medicine guy. The next day, Dr. H gave us some lame explanation of why they got added to our regimen and that it was up to us to take them . . . People chastise Bill Cosby for allegedly offering meds to women, but it’s acceptable to do to fat people to make them lose weight. I feel like we got raped, too,” Joelle Gwynn, from the show’s “Couples season” in 2008, told the NY Post.