Earlier this month we took part in BBC2’s weight loss series, ‘What’s the Right Diet for You? A Horizon special.’
The three-part series explored how taking a personalised approach to weight loss and dieting can lead to long-term, sustainable results. To test this theory, the show used 75 overweight participants, who were all put on personalised diet plans based on their genetics, gut hormones and tendency to emotionally eat.
To help participants keep track and report their progress, they were each provided with a BC-731 body composition monitor. Over the three months, participants lost a combined weight of 103 stone, making positive changes to their health and wellbeing, and changing their lives for the better.
With filming finished, the challenge continues as the volunteers try to stay on track, persevering with their weight loss and aiming to achieve their individual goals. This week we caught up with some of the shows participants to find out more about them, how they’re getting on and whether they’re keeping up with their regular weigh-ins!
Starting Weight: 15 stone 9lbs / Current Weight: 12 stone 8lbs
Starting Body Fat Percentage: 38% / Current Body Fat Percentage: 31.9%
Starting Muscle Mass: 41% / Current Muscle Mass: 46%
Alison is a married mum of one who has struggled with her weight for around 15 years. The BBC2 experiment labelled her as an emotional eater, and as part of the show, and the diet and lifestyle changes prescribed she started attending a local Slimming World group.
Alongside changing her diet and making healthier food choices, Alison began using her Tanita monitor regularly. Seeing her weight and body fat percentage drop week on week encouraged Alison to stay dedicated to the program. Attending weekly meetings at Slimming World also helped Alison on the path to long term weight loss, helping her to address the reasons she was eating and make positive changes to help her towards weight loss goals.
Alison says, “Taking part in the series has not only changed my eating and exercise habits, but it has also impacted on my life in an incredibly positive way. I now cook from scratch regularly and try to avoid processed meals where possible. I am also far more active, trying to walk or take the stairs to make sure I’m moving. I still use my BC-731 on a regular basis to ensure I stay on track and headed in the right direction!”
Starting Weight: 18 stone 13lb / Current Weight: 17 stone
As a youngster, Peter was a talented rugby player who trained every day and could eat whatever he wanted without gaining weight. His life drastically changed after sustaining a severe injury, which forced him into early retirement a few years ago. After a string of failed diets, Peter reached crisis point in 2007 when his weight crept up to 20 stone.
The decision to take part in BBC2’s diet experiment was an easy one. Peter knew that something had to change and after being labelled by experts as a ‘feaster’, he began to understand the reasons why he overate. In Peter’s case, his gut hormones did not relay messages to his brain to say he was full resulting in him regularly eating too much and always feeling hungry. To combat this, Peter was advised to eat a high protein, low sugar diet which although hard at first, worked well for him.
Peter says, “Using the Tanita BC-731 on a regular basis helped me to see the changes in my body and what it is made up of. I feel a great sense of achievement when I see my body fat percentage decrease and my muscle mass and hydration levels increase. Using the BC-731 has really helped me to understand healthy weight loss and I must say, it has been an invaluable tool on my weight loss journey. It doesn’t stop there either, I’m determined to get fitter and have even started paying football with my son again!”
Starting Weight: 19 stone 5lbs / Current Weight: 15 stone 12lbs
Danielle has struggled with her weight since her teenage years. After participating in the BBC2 programme and being labelled a ‘constant craver’, Danielle has been following an intermittent fasting diet. For two days in the week Danielle restricts the amount of calories she consumes, sticking to approximately 500 calories a day. For the rest of the week, Danielle tries to make healthy food choices, trying not to overeat.
Danielle says, “Finding out I was a constant craver has really helped me to understand why I overeat and why so many of my weight loss efforts failed. I am finally having some success, have drastically reduced my portion sizes and am trying to make healthy food choices. I have always been fairly active, but since losing weight I am determined to exercise more and do cardio and weight-bearing exercises at least three times a week. Using the Tanita body composition monitor has also really helped me with my weight loss. I use the monitor almost daily and seeing how my body has changed really gives me a sense of achievement. It has also helped me set realistic targets which will benefit me in the long term. I am currently on mission to increase my muscle mass so that I am fitter and healthier for the future.”
ELINOR MARGARET ADAMSON
Starting Weight: 101.1 kilos / Current Weight: 82.1 kilos
Starting Body Fat Percentage: 46.8% / Current Body Fat Percentage: 41.7%
Elinor has struggled with her weight throughout her life. After taking part in the BBC2 programme she made major changes to her diet, eating fewer carbohydrates, consuming less alcohol and choosing low GI options. Alongside changing her diet Elinor has changed her exercise habits too, vowing to become more active and aiming to do 10,000 steps per day as well as regular workouts on the cross trainer.
Elinor says, “I found the BC-731 very useful. It was incredibly interesting to see how my body composition changed over time. Monitoring weight can be demoralising if you feel you have followed the rules but lost little or no weight – with the monitor even if I didn’t lose much weight! But I could see other measurements change towards the healthy range (visceral fat rating, water composition etc.), which was so uplifting.”