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The Survivor first graced our screens in 2000, and the CBS show has been strong ever since. The competition series is actually a spin-off of a similar Swedish show called Expedition Robinson in which contestants are also struggling to survive in an isolated location while trying to outsmart each other until a winner is left.
Over Over the last few years, the fans of the series have had many questions about how the show really works, such as whether the participants secretly use real toilets (no), whether the producers control what they wear (yes), and whether the participants are ever alone (no chance.).
One of the most persistent questions is how long the competitors actually spend on the island.
In the American version of the show, the participants are a maximum of 39 days on the show (except the season Australian Outback which ran 42 days).
It can be a bit hardcore in the international versions of the show. The last season of Survivor Australia lasted 50 days, while this year's season of Survivor Greece lasted six months. 19459014 However, the format of the show tends to change from country to country, with the Greek version involving a public vote by the viewers, which explains the longer duration.
But even only 39 days as a castaway are associated with significant costs on the body. With limited access to food, participants lose some weight over the course of the season. Tina Wesson, a threefold player and winner of Survivor: Australian Outback lost 18 pounds during her time on Survivor: Blood vs. Water. Wesson spent 38 days in the match before she was voted in, and ranked 4th:
Holly Hoffman, who was on survivor: 4th, said Nicaragua told business Insider that she had lost 22 pounds during the season. She also said that she felt ill for a week when she came home. Hannah Shapiro, Second on the 33rd season of Survivor and contributor to Men's Health said Mic that she had left her 39 days in Fiji 20 pounds lighter with a new habit of brushing their teeth with bamboo.