Thank you for the excellent article and for putting it all in perspective. It has taken me 18 months to lose 65 pounds, but it was a slow and steady change in lifestyle - not all exercise, not all dieting (read: deprivation), not all weighing in. Today, I instinctively know portion size and approximate caloric content, distances relative to steps walked, how to accept setbacks, how to celebrate special events with loved ones, and how to recognize my achievements. The Biggest Loser has some awesome exercise music, however!
I love watching the show. However I think it is just one more reality show,that does get out of hand. If you don't lose the weight they want you to they kind of look down on you. To me,it's one day,one pound at a time. I am glad I read the article though. It makes you use your head. There is more to life than being the biggest looser and the money. It's about YOUR life and YOUR health.
8/3/2013 10:12:37 PM
I went to open casting for this show. They stated their that even the TV show makes it seem like one weeks, it's really (3 weeks - I think). As for putting their lives on hold, at the casting the workers stated that if you do stay the entire time and are the winner - total time on the ranch in 6 months. I went a few years ago and haven't recently watched it like I use to. Every one was shocked about the 6 months, but they stated the weigh ins do take longer than one week - even though it doesn't look like it. Also, I think they said something about getting $200 per week you are there.
I am sooooooo glad that I read this article. As much as I love watching the show, I can find it down right discouraging at times. In 2 weeks I am down 6 pound since rededicating my life to getting healthy and I wanted to lose more considering that I started out @381 pounds and am now 373! I would get so up set when I would attempt to do some of the excercises from the show on my own and could have caused myself some serious injuries. I was persistent in my attempts to try this (walking backwards with feet and hands) and just could not do it and whyyyyyyyy could I not do it ?????? Because I was not yet fit enough to do it. I will make that one of my goals though I will not allow that to determine just how healthy I am. There were times when I had a "go hard or go home" mentality at the gym and would be in serious pain for 3 to 4 days and suffice it to say, I became discouraged from excercising and went from 3times a week to 3 times in a month. I am sooooo glad to be back on track and rooted in reality. I will succeed at this and am off to a wonderful start--calorie tracking,walking program and resistance training. As I get stronger, more will come but right now I am loving the restart of my new journey.
I think it's the dumbest show ever, and it's downright dangerous. First, the whole concept of voting people off is idiotic in this context; each of the contestants needs to finish the program, unless health problems forbid it. In the end, they could still award a prize to the biggest loser; voting people off is not necessary. Second, people who watch this will totally get the wrong idea, and they might try some of the stuff they saw on TV without a doctor's or trainer's advice, possibly hurting themselves. I really like this article. Finally, someone voices their criticism. All of these are valid points.
I used to love watching this show mostly for entertainment but also it was somewhat motivational, but as the seasons have continued I find myself upset by how the contestants are treated and how they treat each other. Now I watch it like you look at a car wreck on the highway. I think its days are numbered and we will be better off when it is off the air.
I was never a follower of the Biggest Loser, but my husband and I have started watching the show on Netflix, starting with season 1 last month. I've actually found it motivating. I think about those people when I don't feel like working out. I think about them when I'm working out, and sometimes it does help me to push a little harder, because I think, "if that person could do it, I could too." I think about how much they are able to accomplish in a short amount of time. I do understand that it's 'only TV', but I find the people's stories and how hard they work, and their transformations very inspiring. They may not have all of the pressures, stresses, and temptations of 'real life' while they are on the show. But, they do face some of those things - and I find it helpful how they are able to overcome. The house they live in is full of beautiful displays of HORRIBLE food that change on a regular basis. And being away from your family for such a long time can be a huge stress in and of itself. It would make me want to gobble down a cupcake or two in a weak moment.
TBL should have a disclaimer "for entertainment viewing only". It is just that: a production , a show...a reality show. I love watching, I take the good points and leave the craziness right on the TV screen...I have watched for a few seasons and cant name one winner, cant tell you what occurred week to week, but watch it just the same...just as I watch survivor (every season and MIGHT be able to name 5 winners), Amazing race (ditto), etc, etc, etc. With that said, it is a motivating show and I will continue to tune in as long as I have weight to loss...lol!
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