The Biggest Loser Is Coming Back to TV—and It's Going to Be Totally Different
Rather than focusing only on the number on the scale, the show will prioritize overall health and wellness.
The Biggest Loser became one of the most successful weight-loss shows of all time since first airing in 2004. After a whopping 17 seasons, the show took a three-year hiatus, but it's now set to return to USA Network in 2020 with a 10-episode season.
For those familiar with the show, the new season is expected to be quite different than what you've seen before. Rather than highlighting only how much weight contestants can lose, the revamped Biggest Loser will focus on overall health and wellness, USA & SyFy Networks President, Chris McCumber told People.
"We're re-imagining The Biggest Loser for today's audiences, providing a new holistic, 360-degree look at wellness, while retaining the franchise's competition format and legendary jaw-dropping moments," McCumber said in a statement. "USA's recent reboot of Temptation Island brought both new and younger viewers to the network, and we're excited to add another big, buzzy show to our growing unscripted lineup."
As of now, not a lot of details about the show have been released, but one thing's for sure: OG trainers Bob Harper and Jillian Michaels are not expected to return. Instead, the revival will feature a "dynamic new team of experts determined to dramatically improve America's lifespans and waistlines," according to People. Participants will also be paired with chefs and life coaches as they work toward establishing a healthy lifestyle. (Related: How Jen Widerstrom from 'The Biggest Loser' Crushes Her Goals)
Throughout its 12-year run on NBC, The Biggest Loser saw its fair share of controversy. In 2016, The New York Times published a long-term study of 14 Season 8 contestants, which showed that extreme weight loss, when done in such a short amount of time, could be too good to be true in the long run.
Researchers found that six years after being on the show, 13 out of 14 contestants regained weight, and four weighed even more than they did before participating in the Biggest Loser.
Why? Turns out, it was all about metabolism. The contestants' resting metabolism (how many calories they burned while at rest) was normal before starting the show, but it had slowed significantly by the end, according to the Times. This meant their bodies weren't burning enough calories to maintain their smaller size, which led to their eventual weight gain. (Related: How to Increase Your Metabolism By Boosting Your Mood)
Now that The Biggest Loser is shifting its focus to a more holistically healthy weight-loss experience, there's a chance this type of relapse can be prevented. Only time will tell—the show will air 10 episodes on USA sometime in 2020, according to People. Until then, stay tuned.