A fascinating recent study followed the contestants on NBC’s the Biggest Loser as they returned to regular life after Season 8. Over the next six years, all but one of the contestants regained weight. Researcher Kevin Hall discovered that their bodies fought back against the decreased calories and increased exercise by slowing their metabolic rates. The body has natural inclinations to protect itself from dramatic weight loss. Dr. Hall described this fight against instinct and nature as “like asking someone to hold their breath. You can do it for a little while. But it’s very difficult to do it for much longer than …a minute or two.”


Our own bodies fight against positive lifestyle changes. No wonder we struggle to eat fruits and vegetables, get the exercise we need, or even read the Bible. It can be even harder to break unhealthy habits: smoking, diet-coke addictions, or laziness. If our own bodies fight against us, what hope do we have? Luckily, we are not alone. First Corinthians 15:57 shouts,

But thank God! He gives us victory over sin and death through our Lord Jesus Christ.

And John 8:36 echoes,

…if the Son sets you free, you are truly free.

So don’t throw in the towel just yet. Don’t quit your diet or stop exercising. Instead, pray and ask for Holy Spirit empowering as you baby-step to victory. What roadblocks keep you from living a healthy lifestyle?


Ellen BenefieldEllen spent most of a decade as a missionary in a low-income neighborhood in Mazatlan, Mexico, Now she’s starting a new adventure in Central Illinois. God’s love and grace has guided her through all of life’s crazy ups and downs. She hopes to follow where the Holy Spirit leads and encourage others to do the same. She lives with her husband and three sons in Peoria, Illinois.