Hey guys, I have mainly been lurking and am a little confused, so I need your input on this because I think I must have missed it: how long does the whole weight loss process really take? I was under the impression these people where well into their fourth month, but NBC says this was week 11. Then I guess they are sent home after week 12, but for how long exactly ? I understand the final is in 4 weeks, but I have trouble understanding real time since the show has been going on for a while and these episodes were shot a while ago. Am I right that they generally do 12 weeks at the farm, then 12 at home for a total of about 6 months (or 24 weeks)?
Admittedly their weight loss is pretty impressive, both in the farm and at home. Naturally, NBC says that these results are not typical and any commercial spin-offs promise a safe weight loss of 1-2 pounds a week. However, these people have been losing much much more which makes me assume that there are two standards when it comes to working out, right? I also suspect that even those who are sent home must be somehow monitored by the show, seeing that all of them are more or less at goal weight after six months for the final reunion. However, given all the stress, the voting out which must be disappointing for some, and the character/disposition of some players, one would expect some of them to binge. That they don't must be indicative of some sort of intervention on the part of the show.
Thanks for any input, and I apologize if these questions have been asked and answered before. I love reading your posts, they are immensely intelligent and interesting.