Originally Posted by srissofredi
Anyone not suffering from a morbidly severe eating disorder could lose 48 lbs (and it was probably less than that given that he weight in full after a meal and with clothes) in 2 month given that kind of incentive. You don't even have to lose the entire weight, you could easily cut 10-15 lbs of that frame by dehydrating a day before the weight-ins. I would've taken that bet even money in a heart-beat even if I don't have $2 million.
The long and short of it is... yes, Matusow was an idiot for taking the bet. He apparently thought losing that much weight could even kill Forrest.
How feasible it all is really depends on the body composition of the person in question. For a guy like Matusow who's got plenty of fat on him it'd be one thing. Forrest on the other hand is apparently 5'11 and was in reasonable shape to start with so he might have been looking at needing to lose some muscle as well as fat before dehydrating. And dehydration can have severe consequences if you get it wrong...
However he did it, he certainly looked like a different person at the end:
Keep in mind too that the bet was going on during the WSOP
, so Forrest was going to be spending long hours doing nothing but sitting at a poker table.
So yeah, Matusow was stupid for thinking this was impossible. But on the other hand, it wasn't exactly an easy proposition for Forrest either.