The official UK website is available here, and promises results of a stone of weight loss in 6 weeks, or your money back. The program offers this guarantee because “few online weight loss systems in the world that subject themselves to rigorous research and The Biggest Loser Club is one of them.”
Biggest Loser Online membership
The biggest loser club is exclusively online, and provides many tools to aid with weight loss. There is a large focus upon documenting progress through various tracking tools. Exercise and daily food and calorie intake can be recorded in the online diaries to help calculate daily totals, and there is a facility to update the dieter’s current weight to take note of the weekly progress made.
The website also contains lots of meal plans and recipe suggestions, making it easy to stick to a strict shopping list, and helping to remove the temptation of buying high calorie foods and snacks.
There are lots of graphs and charts to show the user’s progress, and by quantifying weight loss in this way, it makes it easier to understand the significance of any weight that is lost. Measurements can also be added, so that users can track the total amount of centimetres that they have lost. There are also graphs for pounds lost, percentage bodyweight reduction, average weekly losses, “fat blobs lost” and trackers pushing you towards your next goal or milestone.
Diet Plans Available
There are three meal plans to choose from when joining the Biggest Loser Club. These are a meal replacement program, a simple weight loss program, and a vegetarian meal plan, all of which are described as nutritionally balanced, healthy meal plans.
Meal replacement program
The meal replacement program involves replacing two meals per day with Biggest Loser approved shakes, soups or meal replacement bars, and then eating a healthy and balanced dinner, as well as snacks throughout the day. This is supposed to help dieters break unhealthy and poor eating habits, by completely changing the way food is viewed by the dieter.
A starter pack is available for purchase, as are all of the meal replacement products individually, on the official website shop. Reviews state that the variety of flavours available does make this meal plan easier, but it still requires significant will power to follow properly. Reviews also suggest that this option can be expensive, especially if followed for a prolonged period of time.
Simple and vegetarian weight loss plans
The simple weight loss plan focuses more on healthy meals rather than meal replacements. The vegetarian meal plan has a similar focus, but excludes meat products.
There are no restrictions on what can be eaten, and no food groups are off limits, provided the dieter sticks within their daily calorie allowance. This calorie allowance will be determined when setting up membership, based upon personal questions about the dieter’s weight, height and weight loss goals. Obviously, the menu plans and recipes available do encourage users to make healthier food choices, so that they feel fuller for longer while still consuming the same number of calories per day.
The amount of calories that can be consumed per day will be adjusted as the diet continues to reflect the dieter’s current weight and total weight lost.
All About the Exercise?
Exercise is highly encouraged for members of the Biggest Loser Club. The website provides videos of over 500 different exercises to help educate members and encourage a variety of exercises. Sports and other physical activities outside of the gym are also encouraged.
As a part of the weight loss plan, an exercise plan for the week is provided, and users can choose from a gym-based exercise regime or a home-based exercise regime. For users who wish to focus on a home based regime, the website recommends the purchase of a set of dumbbells, but no other specialist equipment is required.
Cost of Biggest Loser Club Membership
The members-only website is not free, and requires a paid membership that can be paid for in several different ways.
Members can sign up for a month’s membership that can be renewed each month, or for longer packages that work out cheaper. It is also possible to pre-pay for a 3 month membership, or a one year membership package. These options work out cheapest in the long run, but may not be the right choice for all users of the diet. Users who wish to lose only a small amount of weight or who are unsure about the suitability of the program for them should probably opt for a shorter pay as you go package, even though this is slightly more expensive per month.
The cost of the program is forced higher if choosing the meal replacement meal plan, as the shakes, soups and meal replacement bars are not included in the cost of the membership. This can add up quickly, especially if dieters still need to purchase groceries for the rest of their family.
Our Verdict on Biggest Loser Club
It is clear from internet reviews and user success stories that significant weight loss is possible following the diets recommended by the biggest loser club. Fans of the TV show will be glad to know that contestants follow the same diet principles that are promoted on the website, and that the trainers from the UK show have a presence on the website in the exercise videos.
Whilst the meal replacement meal plan may not be for everyone, the choice between this and the simple weight loss program make the Biggest Loser Club a versatile and potentially long-term weight management aid.