Disclaimer: Marlarie is not a client of Pongo Power. Her inspiring story about weight loss led us to seek her out for an interview so that we can show everyone what hard work, perseverance, and moderation can achieve. We want the world to realize that they if we want real and lasting change, it is a choice. A challenge, yes- but a choice first.
The following is Malarie’s story, in her own words. Thank you for sharing, Maralie!
Love, Pongo Power
Recently, there was an article published that found that past contestants from The Biggest Loser had trouble maintaining their weight loss, because their biology won’t allow it. Their metabolism processes at a rate slower than a person at the same size who was never morbidly obese to begin with, the findings claim. It’s being touted all over the news and social media as the next big break in “understanding the obesity epidemic”.
To that I say: GARBAGE.
That study and its subsequent articles fail to mention contestants on The Biggest Loser workout for 8+ hours a day and have a diet regulated and monitored by specialists. The contestants are in a contest to lose weight and are encouraged to do it by any means possible, and as fast as possible. They are on a ranch specifically designed to broadcast tales of enormous weight loss for the hopeful viewing audience.
They are not living in a real life situation. It is contrived.
I’ll tell you what is real.
Slow change. Small change. Life change.
It’s choosing to go be active in your daily life. It’s choosing to have one glass of wine a week instead of every night. It’s choosing the salad bar once in a while. It’s making a point to go to the gym 3 or 4 times a week for an hour. It’s going for a walk instead of watching tv for 30 minutes. It’s being ok with having a brownie for dessert one night and not doing it the next. The Biggest Loser is not a role model, it’s a fad diet like any other.
When I was 22, a family friend “confronted” me about my size.
Our friend essentially had a one-woman intervention with me, about my health. Her overall message was: “I am worried about you and your health because I love you.” I was furious with her.
I tried to lose weight a few times throughout high school, but I was so misinformed on health/exercise/nutrition. I had no concept of calories in/out. No concept of moderation or portion control. I definitely thought I was just destined to be large and that it was “my genetics”. I also fell into the trappings of, “if you exercise more you will lose weight.” I did not take into account the exorbitant amount of calories I was eating every day.
It wasn’t until I spoke with people who went through similar massive weight losses and read about them that I began to learn all about meal tracking, Basal metabolic rate (BMR), and total daily energy expenditure (TDEE). I taught myself proper portion size, nutrition, and activity levels.
So, I started exercising because it was good for me, not because it was a punishment.
I LOOOOVE lifting and enjoy running. I workout around 5 days a week. More of my focus goes towards lifting. I have been comfortable with free weights for nearly 6 years, but I’ve been working towards increasing my lifts for the past two. I also run 2 to 4 miles at a time for the added health benefits.
I’ve learned that everybody is different.
Just because someone responds well to one diet, doesn’t mean that you will too. I had SO
many people worship at the feet of ‘keto’ and force it on me. I did lose weight, but I did not feel well in the process. Same with any “fad” diet or specific meal plan: you need to do what feels best to YOU and your body. Not someone else’s. I tried vegetarian, low-carb/keto and over restriction along the way. Moderation stuck. Moderation works.
I have lived through weight loss and maintenance. I have been at a healthy weight for over four years. Obesity is not hereditary or set in stone. It is, however, up to you whether or not you choose to change; and then whether or not you stick with it. It’s up to you to recognize a TV show is for entertainment, and not follow in its example.
Obesity is NOT a lifetime sentence.