Former Contestant, Pastor Ken Responds to the Metabolic Controversy
People have asked me recently, “If you had it to do all over again would you still go on Biggest Loser?” I stand and shout a very loud YES! Have I gained weight since the end of Season 11? Yes. Is my metabolism slower than it should be? I’m not sure, but I am finding out and will be posting the information in the next few weeks.
First, I must tell you that I do not blame my mom and dad for making me clean my plate as a kid. I don’t blame my wrestling experience where I was encouraged to eat and vomit to maintain my weight. I don’t blame my genetics, nor do I blame Biggest Loser.
I take responsibility for my health, my weight struggle and where I am today. No one held a gun to my head and forced me on the show. My mom never said, “You will finish those Hoho’s young man?” A major in fast Food was not a required activity during my college days. Krispy Kreme never said, “Sorry, sir, but we will NOT sell you one donut. You simply must buy a dozen.”
I ate and I enjoyed it. It became my lifestyle.
The Struggle is Real
Do I still struggle? Yes. Why? I struggle for a myriad of reasons. My body doesn’t cooperate. My knees, shoulders, back and hips hurt regularly. Why? Because for 48 years I abused this incredible gift God gave me. I hurt. I hurt less now than before I lost weight, but I still hurt. Other medical challenges exist, but I’m not going to use them as an excuse.
I still believe. I believe that people can become healthy. I believe people can change.
I did change.
My Actual Numbers: Honestly.
Is it hard to lose weight and keep it off? Yes. At my largest, I weighed 455 pounds; now I weigh around 280. That is more than I would like it to weigh, but does the fact that I’ve gained 60 pounds since my finale mean that I’ve failed? I refuse to feel like a failure because I’m not thin. I’m no longer a diabetic; and over the last five years I have not had one blood test that had any problems on it. Even my vitamin D levels have been perfect. My blood pressure is controlled with one prescription, whereas prior to Biggest Loser I was on three prescriptions for that, as well as seven other prescriptions.
I walk 3-6 miles, 6 days a week. I ride a spin bike regularly; and lift weights with a trainer 3 days a week. Am I a beach body? No, but I’m no longer the picture of unhealthy living as I was prior to my life change.
I feel pretty good about the numbers in my life.
My Metabolism is Damaged?
Am I upset that my metabolism might be impaired or damaged based on the study in the Obesity Journal? Upset? No. Concerned? A little. It explains a lot.
What am I upset about? Well, I am upset. I’m upset at how my other Biggest Loser Contestant family has been treated by many. I’m upset that some “fans” feel they have the right to be insulting, judgmental and condescending. I’m upset that anyone who is struggling with obesity has to be bullied, belittled, and humiliated because of his or her size.
I am also upset that as a result of this study I have had people asking me if they should give up on trying to lose weight. Absolutely not!
What Does this new Research Mean?
Let me just say it this way. Losing weight was hard. Keeping it off is even harder. But living life as a 455 pound diabetic with high blood pressure, asthma, and edema, THAT WAS HARD. My life then was not life - it was existence. I didn’t live; I watched others live.
I would do it all again in a minute. I will fight for my health. I will encourage others to fight for their own health. I will help the members of Fit.Church become all they can be by making healthy, methodical adjustments which will help them to change, live life more fully, and extend their lives so they can both enjoy what God has given them, and give back to others.
You see, I still believe.
Written by Pastor Ken, Founder of Fit.Church
This blog is in reference to the new study published in the Obesity Journal and this article posted by the New York Times.