Big Winners, Gym Germs and Health Summaries

Biggest Losers maintain the loss, gyms breed bacteria, and health books shorten up.

Weight Winners
With the crazy-drastic weight-loss that occurs on shows such as The Biggest Loser, viewers wonder how contestants do in the real world.

You know, when they go back to having full-time jobs, kids, real-world responsibilities and no dedicated personal trainersalmost 24/7. People magazinefollowed up with some of the contestants to see how they fared in the real world. Eleven of the contestants share what they’ve learned since the show and show off their slimmer physiques.

Keeping it off.

Germs Be Gone
Staph infections, which once mainly affected hospital patients, are becoming creepily more common, and antibiotic-resistant MRSA strains have been invading public domains, such as gyms.


But before you start freaking out and using the bad bacteria as an excuse to avoid the gym, you should know that there are a few simple things you can do to avoid the creepy critters. And most of them you should do anyway, such as wiping down exercise equipment, wearing flip-flops in showers and avoiding communal mats at the gym. So stop making out with the elliptical, no matter how much you love it.

Don’t be buggin’.

Healthy Cliffs Notes
Don’t have time to read as much as you like? A new website now delivers summaries of health books so you can speed read your way through knowledge. The site publishes summaries of books on health, fitness, andnutrition, available for free after registration.


Don’t stop reading whole books or anything, but if you’re a knowledge seeker, this could be cool. And don’t forget about our kick-ass FitLit section either. I mean, did you read Jenn’s Sexual Health and Fitness summary?

Start skimming.


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  1. Lori says:

    Thanks for sharing the article about the Biggest Loser. I love that show! Yes, they are in an enclosed environment with trainers and controlled food, but it proves that weight loss can happen WITHOUT surgery.

    I’ve found I have to completely ignore all germ information. I take normal precautions and then ignore the media. It can be so consuming and evolve into an obession for me. I hate being like that and I find ignoring it helps. Germs have always been there and I have made it so far. 🙂

  2. GroundedFitness says:

    the biggest loser thing was interesting. its obvious a lot of them gained some weight back, but thats normal with such a drastic loss. whats important is they stick with it. talk about dedication.

    Kelly Turner

  3. Erica says:

    That stuff about the staph infections is so scary! I am also creeped out by the number of germs that are probably hanging out on our gym mats! I try to remember to spray mine down before I teach but often forget ;(!

  4. M says:

    Germs smerms! 🙂 Bring it!No j/k…yes it is actually kind of nasty when you think about it!

  5. Danica says:

    I love the biggest loser! 🙂 Such a great show and so motivating!

  6. Steve Stenzel says:

    Stupid germs.

    And I saw that thing about the Biggest Loser. Most did OK. They all gained a little, but they still look good!

  7. fatfighter says:

    It is interesting to see how the Biggest Loser contestants are doing after the show. I just interviewed last season’s winner, Ali Vincent, on my blog and she talks about how she still struggles but knows that SHE was the one who changed her life, not the show.