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Northwest woman and former contestant on 'The Biggest Loser' reacts to new study

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Kai Hibbard (Photo: Facebook) Kai Hibbard (Photo: Facebook)
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It may look like a quick fix, but a new study reveals how people on the reality TV show "The Biggest Loser" are having a hard time keeping the weight off.

Fox 12 spoke with a Northwest woman who says the research validates what she's been saying over the last decade, after she too was on the show. 

"Actually, when I did hear about it, I did a little dance and said, 'Vindication!'" said former contestant Kai Hibbard, who spoke with Fox 12 from her home in Spokane.  

She says a new study confirms what she already knew about being on the TV show. 

"I believed I was being taught by the best medical experts in the world, the best trainers in the world, this was going to educate me and save my life," she said. "Instead, I was taught how to crash diet, dehydrate and overtrain."

For six years, the National Institutes of Health looked at 14 people after they competed on the show. All but one have regained most, if not all, of the weight lost on the show. Some are even heavier. 

The study revealed that metabolism plays a big role in weight gain. When the contestants were overweight, they had normal metabolisms for their size. But when they lost the weight, their metabolisms slowed radically, meaning their bodies were not burning enough calories to keep the weight off. 

"We are crash dieting and we are overtraining," Hibbard said. 
    
The 37-year-old woman was on "The Biggest Loser" show 10 years ago and lost 118 pounds. 

Today, she says she is doing well and urges others to look at what is both physically and psychologically healthy for themselves. 

"Since the show, mostly, I tell people not to look for a fix at all," she said. "Look for a way to love and care for your body." 

So the question you may be left wondering is what does that mean for you if you're trying to lose a few pounds?

Fox 12 spoke with a local endocrinologist at Providence, Dr. Elizabeth Stephens. She said the study may not apply to all people because it was only done on a small number of people who had undergone a dramatic weight change in a short amount of time.

Stephens said that people should not be discouraged from weight loss and that just losing five percent of your weight can be extremely beneficial. 

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