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1/3/13 4:49 P

I find competitive wt loss shows annoying. Does it really matter if a person looses 11 lbs or 12 lbs? They are both winners to me. The one show I did watch was Ruby. It showed some of the temptations, struggles, and victories. The show isn't on anymore but she started in excess of 400 lbs and had finally reach 300 lbs. They were getting into psychological stuff and touching nerves Ruby didn't really need to go back to, so I don't know if she continued on her wt loss quest or if she has regained some or all. I wish they'd bring back simple exercise shows instead of all of the shopping shows.

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1/3/13 3:36 P

I agree I think the best thing to take away from these shows is that it shows people it can be done. Especially anyone who only needs to lose 40 pounds or even less, if someone can work there way through losing over 100 pounds then your 20 pounds doesn't seem so impossible. Doesn't make it easier, but it helped me feel like I could do it. It also gave me a taste of "You can't even work out for 45 minutes when they're doing it for over 2 or 3?" Even if they're not always healthy in their practices, it does show you what's possible when someone goes 110% which I know I'm guilty of not doing all the time. I also think the show can help people who are losing weight feel they are not alone, not as well as this site or other support systems, but that it reminds us we aren't alone in our struggles and that we can all accomplish what we put our minds to.

1/3/13 3:28 P


A major contributor to weight loss was to get rid of the Cable Box emoticon . Sure, we had withdrawals, but after a few weeks, we don't miss it.

FEDGIRL4 Posts: 2,168
1/3/13 3:01 P

I think the only positive side or bright spot for these shows is to tell people that it can be done.

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1/3/13 2:20 P

I'm honestly not a big fan of shows like that. They don't really present a realistic picture of what can be accomplished for people, and they don't show you all the boring, hard work these people are doing behind the scenes, just the dramatic breakdowns and screaming. When someone is upset because they *only* lost 5 lbs in one week? That's insane. Not to mention the stuff they do is often dangerous! They undereat and overwork, and have constant medical attention because it's so dangerous!

DIDS70 Posts: 5,368
1/3/13 1:02 P

i watch the ones you listed, but take them with a large grain of salt. I don't think the way these people are losing weight is healthy. From past members blogs, they spend at least 6 hours in the gym. They have someone to cook for them. and the weighins do not happen every week. sometimes they go several weeks without weighing in.

The only other ones I can think of were The Jamie Oliver Revolution (which is geared more toward obese children in schools) and the celebrity fit club.

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1/2/13 8:31 P

I love weight loss television shows like The Biggest Loser and Extreme Makeover Weight Loss Edition. Can anyone recommend other similar shows?

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