Let me start off with this… I like that show, The Biggest Loser… and it can be very motivating and enlightening and tear-inducing… rinse, wash, repeat… but at the same time I also cannot stand that showThe Biggest Loser. Before I get a barrage of people hunting me down with torches and broken scales, let me explain myself with a list of reasons.
– Fat Chics Parading Around in Sports Bras at Weigh-Ins. I get it…. I do. The producers of the show want the audience to see the fat blobs around their stomachs, be disgusted by it, and then go eat a pound of Oreos so they can be on the show next season. It’s the circle of weight loss shows! I also understand it’s so that as they lose the weight, we can see the progress better than if they were sporting baggy T-shirts. I get it… but that doesn’t mean I have to like it. It’s like they’re saying… Well, hey… look at this heifer and her fat rolls… isn’t she disgusting?
– The fact that they exercise all dagnabbed day and eat like birds. In the real world, folks can’t do that… and won’t do that because it’s basically ridiculous and it’s like it’s replacing one obsession (food) for another (wanting the pounds on the scale to move downward so badly that all they think about is exercising). I’ve read they probably get at least 1500 calories a day… which is a normal number for someone trying to lose weight… but they also didn’t factor into the equation that they need more fuel for their body if they’re going to be working out that hard. You definitely can’t argue with the results… I see all the weight those obsessercizers (my shortened version of obsessive exercisers) lose, but come on that’s not a healthy nor realistic lifestyle.
– Dehydration technique. Y’all must have heard about the dehydration technique that this show uses before weigh ins. Basically they don’t drink water for hours before a weigh in and then wear special sweat-inducing clothing and saunas when they exercise. Translating to a bigger number on the scale because they’ve now lost about 6 pounds of water weight. Healthy!
– My biggest peeve is the fact that the contestants are made to feel down on themselves if they don’t lose a staggering amount of weight each week. There have been several times where a contestant will get on the scale and only lose 10 pounds in the space of one week, only to have let the team down because he/she didn’t lose enough to make them win the weigh in. And they literally get all depressed up there. I’m sorry I didn’t lose 25 pounds this week, fellas… I must have eaten one too many lettuce greens. So unhealthy. Our bodies are so unpredictable when it comes to hoarding water and hormones and any number of things that can determine what our weight on the scale will be. You can follow a strict menu/exercising regime and still come out having gained. I’ve had that happen so many times over the last however many years, I couldn’t even begin to count them all… and I can’t let it deter me because there will be one day when I step on that scale and this stubborn body of mine will give me what I want to see. It’s about the consistent persistence… and most of all… patience.
So, The Biggest Loser… Do me a favor… while you’re changing lives all over the country take into account that these are people you’re dealing with… not a group of cattle.
Question of the Day: Do you watch The Biggest Loser? Do you feel it is realistic and fair?