The truth behind Channel 4 Super Slimmers: Did they really keep the weight off ?’

Something that has been playing on my mind is the programme Super Slimmers: Did they really keep the weight off that was on channel 4 last week. How does this impact people losing weight?

It was a documentary that looked into the latest theory claiming that your body can try and sabotage your attempts to diet. They focused on Six super-slimmers whom has followed a a diet plan ranging from Slimming World to LighterLife to even Rosemary Conley.

The documentary was aired on 14th February and has had people talking since including many ready to chuck the towel in on their diets including myself.

Social media platforms went wild and many people changed their attitudes many wanting to give up what they were doing. Many people used this show as an excuse to quit and give up. It been upsetting to see.

After the programme had finishing, it really got me thinking as I have previously lost 4 stone few years ago in which I gained plus more so I could relate. Would I lose 5 stone then to regain? Would I end up back to square one? Why did I put the weight back on originally and how can I stop it happening again?


T is nobody but myself can stop me regaining. I have learnt there is a big difference between diets and healthy lifestyle change – that is what people need to realise especially after this programme.

I noticed that in total Slimming World and Weight Watchers were given approximately 10 minutes air time while they focused more upon the ‘crash and fast’ diet plans the remaining of the programme. Why? They didn’t show how many thousands have successful lost weight and kept it off for a long period.

The similarity that everyone had in the programme was that they blamed their weight gain on bad food choices and eating too much, leading diet experts have revealed these are not necessarily the causes.

Channel 4 talked about LighterLife plan where you drink 4 milkshakes per day, where Leroy Wilson had lost massive 20 stone in several months. This worked out an average of 10lbs a week. He then regained 8 stone after losing his focus and falling back into old ways.

The programme advised that 5 out of 6 slimmers had put the weight on and if not put more weight than what they originally lost after being on a diet.

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I recognised Danny Cahill from America Biggest loser programme season 8 when he came first place. He was a huge inspiration and he did amazingly well. Danny had gained 100 Of 239 Lbs since he left the programme – this was only in 7 months. He blamed his yo-yo dieting for the effects that it had on him as well as his health.

The programme showed us a study in which Kevin Hall, A National Institutes of Health researcher named , found that the resting metabolism is really what backfires after such a rigorous amount of dieting and exercising on the programme. He said this was what was happening to Danny.

Kevin advised that metabolisms become slower after you lose weight. Metabolism which determines how many calories one burns while at rest.

Channel 4 also met with professionals, scientists and doctors whom all advised the same thing that while weight loss diets work, but they’re not sustainable in the long run.

Dr Thomas Barber, Coventry Human Metabolism Research Unit at the University Hospital, said diets didn’t work in the long run and backed the programmes message up.

He said: “When you lose weight, your appetite enhances to replenish depleted fat stores – and it’s down to the hormone leptin.”

Professor Traci Mann, of The Health and Eating Lab at the University of Minnesota, then went onto agree. She says that results programme that no matter how much weight you lose, and how rapidly it happens, the body will respond to regain the weight that you’ve lost.

The message they are sending out is bad, as it implied that are diets are waste of time/useless and that everyone would only put weight back on. I have to disagree!

Although I agree that fast diets are bad and not great, as they don’t help you to understand anything nor learn about the foods you eat. I understand where they are coming from but they didn’t show or put any evidence forward to prove their points. They just took the people that failed.

After doing some research of my own alot of health websites including the NHS advise that fab diets are not the way forward and that gradual slow lifestyle changes are OK. Studies showed that your more likely to last and keep the weight off if you last longer on plan, in other words losing weight slowly. Fab diets you are more likely to revert back to old ways.

The way in which Channel 4 delivered the message was not great, the real story of the show was about crash and fast diets not healthy lifestyle changes like slimming world.

I believe the show could have tackled the issue better rather than put people off ‘dieting’ especially when obesity is at its highest. It was wrong to give the message that diets do not work and even if your successful you will fail in the long run.

Weight obesity being one of the biggest killers- why would channel four do a documentary on this? How would that help people out whom are struggling with their weight? If people take the message given from this show then they will remain overweight for their entire lives which could lead to weight-related health issues such as diabetes.

Public health England says on their website that ‘Obesity is associated with a range of health problems including type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer. The resulting NHS costs attributable to overweight and obesity are projected to reach £9.7 billion by 2050, with wider costs to society estimated to reach £49.9 billion per year (Foresight 2007). These factors combine to make the prevention of obesity a major public health challenge.’

If you are just starting out, this will be the best journey you’ll go on. Believe in the real the research and believe in yourself. Don’t listen to everything you see on TV these days.


I am going to get to my dream weight and keep it off. I am going to enjoy my new lifestyle change and have a healthier life in the long run. You can too! The one message I would send out is say you will, you can and its possible. You can do whatever you put your mind too. It wont happen over night but you will get to your goal…


Let me know your views if you watched it. Have you watched or seen anything similar? Have you tried a fab diet previously? Which one?

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  1. I watched the show and it made me SO angry! I agree with you, if anything, it would put people off bothering to try and lose weight which to me is so daft. I also hate that they group diet programmes like WW, Slimming World and Rosemary Connolly with crash diets when they couldn’t be more different!

    I had been obese my whole life, steadily putting on stone after stone through my childhood, teens and twentys until I decided to join Weight Watchers just after my 30th birthday. I lost 9 stone and now, five years later, I am still at goal! I don’t care about statistics, or stupid science experiments anyone can do it if they have the right mentality!

  2. … sorry it posted before I’d finished!

    It’s not easy, and I’d never claim that it is! But I no longer have to point count, I apply the life lessons that i’ve learnt and that’s how I’ve stayed at goal! I indulge a little, I make sure I exercise and I’m sensible about it!

    Best of luck with your journey … I’m out the other side and can honestly say it’s the best thing i’ve ever done, losing weight changed my life!

  3. I didn’t see the programme but what you said above strikes a chord with me. I’m doing it the slow, balanced, planned way and – well, here’s hoping!
    If you go on diets, the implication is that ultimately you will go back off them again but a healthy lifestyle (including food choices) is for life and that’s how it should be. Short term fixes don’t work!

  4. Just got round to writing this up for our blog. The work that Ray Cronise is doing based on Eat To Live (which will be published fully this year in Our Broken Plate) seems much more sustainable than all the pills the ‘experts’ seem to be recommending.

    Eat Whole Foods, Walk More

    good luck with your journey,
    Rich (@NLi10)

  5. There is a lot of truth in what they say in the programme. And studies have shown that it applies to ALL diets, inducing 5:2, calories counting, slimming world, weight watchers. There is not one slimmer of the year of either of these that hasn’t regained weight after 5 years.

    Have a look at this TED talk by Sandra Aamodt, the science is right and weight loss usually leads to weight gain.

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