Earlier this year, the New York Times published a six-year follow-up study to the popular reality television program, The Biggest Loser, showing that many of the contestants gained back some if not all of the weight lost during the program. The results were not surprising to those who have long studied what happens to the body and the brain after substantial weight loss.
It’s a common downfall. Most weight loss programs, including The Biggest Loser, focus on short-term, dramatic results and end up ignoring the incredibly complex biology of weight loss. The result? Most participants gain back the weight.
Weight loss is hard. Maintaining weight loss is even harder. While many chalk their lack of long-term success to a failure of willpower, the underlying causes are not that simple. When you lose a substantial amount of weight, your body starts working against your progress in ways that can be very difficult to overcome without the right support.
Of Arivale’s first 1,000 Pioneers (what we call our program participants), over half had a baseline BMI that would be considered overweight or obese. Not only was weight loss one of the top three reasons people joined our program—it’s also often the most important thing someone can do to optimize their wellness.
Over the course of our first year, Arivale helped people with weight loss goals make great progress—and we want to tailor the program to their weight loss goals even further.
This is why Arivale is launching a weight loss track for our baseline wellness program—rooted in our systems approach to wellness and the biology of sustainable weight loss.
Arivale’s new weight loss program takes all the components of our wellness program and combines it with a clinically-based lifestyle change strategies built around sustainable weight loss. In other words, the systems approach to wellness remains much the same; however, the coaching model is much more geared to a weight loss goal. It will be an intense experience, and is only recommended for those who are ready to make a significant commitment to making the behavioral changes required for both losing weight, and then maintaining it over time.
How is Arivale different from other weight loss programs out there?
In the simplest terms possible, Arivale focuses on the long-term rather than the short-term. If you’re looking to lose 10 pounds before a big event, this is not for you. Arivale is ideal for those looking to make significant lifestyle changes to improve their weight and wellness in a sustainable, long-term way.
Arivale also sets itself apart by taking into account what is happening in your brain and in your body during a weight loss journey. Diet changes are a huge component of weight loss; however, once the weight is lost, maintaining it becomes a whole other battle. We’ll be anticipating the biological hurdles to weight loss maintenance and our coaching team will be ready with clinically-based strategies to help participants overcome these obstacles.
Arivale also takes into account your unique genetic makeup, using hundreds of genes from your whole genome sequence to understand your potential risk for obesity while consuming certain diets—as well as your potential genetic propensity for craving sweets and having a high Body Mass Index.
“What works for your body, your genetics—that doesn’t lie. It’s been transformational for me.”
Heather, Arivale Pioneer
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Your odds of losing and maintaining weight are better with behavioral support. While many weight loss programs offer group support, Arivale utilizes completely personal, one-on-one coaching. Throughout the course of the year (and beyond!), each participant will work with a dedicated Arivale Coach—all of whom are Registered Dietitian Nutritionists, Certified Nutritionists, or Registered Nurses.
Interested in learning more about this new program track? Visit our website to see the program details and introductory pricing.