There are a lot of fans of "The Biggest Loser." Some people are inspired by it.
I find it to be very unrealistic & unhealthy.
Oh, did I mention degrading? Come on! Have you see the women in sports bras? They could at least let them wear tank tops or T-shirts or something besides sports bras. They know they are overweight. We know they are overweight. Wearing an actual shirt won't change that. I would be really pissed off if I was one of those women & they said you are wearing this.
Continuing to exercise until you are physically ill to the point where you vomit is not just pushing yourself a little more. It's DANGEROUS. If you go to a gym & you read the little notes on the machines, it will say "STOP EXERCISING IF YOU FEEL FAINT, DIZZY OR NAUSEATED. I just don't agree with Jillian Michael's motto to not quit unless you faint, puke or die.
Speaking of Jillian Michaels, I do not like her training style. Maybe she cares about the contestants & wants the best for them but if a trainer treated me like that, they would be fired in a heartbeat. I want to be encouraged. I don't want to feel like a am being bullied into a healthier lifestyle. Maybe bullied isn't the right word but personally, when it comes to weight loss, tough love or whatever you want to call it isn't for some people.
Another thing. They teach people how to avoid temptation but they get punished for giving in. Nobody is going to perfect on this journey. There is a point where we give in. We can't punish ourselves. Isn't the point of a healthy lifestyle balance? They don't teach balance on the show.
Time. Most people cannot stop their lives & go live on a ranch & workout for 4, 5, 6, 7 hours at a time. Nobody should ever workout for that many hours at a time.
That's why I don't watch the biggest loser. I just find it to be very unrealistic & uninspiring. Weight loss is a slow process. People with normal metabolism will lose 1-2 lbs per week. Have you seen the weigh ins and how much people lose? It's gives people the idea that they can lose that much weight too if they just push themselves. *Some* people are overweight because they have an eating disorder. They are ill just like a person with Anorexia is ill but they don't address that on the show. The show shows that people just don't have knowledge about healthy eating. Well, Binge eating and compulsive eating are eating disorders & that should be discussed on the show more because a lot of people can probably relate to that.
If those reasons aren't enough to be turned off by the show,
they never address autoimmune or endocrine issues or issues that could make
weight loss more difficult. They just tell the contestants to try harder. I know that the contestants have to get an okay from a doctor but in my eyes, that doesn't make the show any better at all.
If you do get inspired by weight loss shows, try watching "The Revolution." That is much more realistic + if someone is struggling even by doing everything they are suppose to, they will address possible health conditions.
Weight loss is a slow process. Change should be done slowly, overtime. Not drastically. When you exercise, go at your pace. You can build on that & then do a little more & then a little more. If you didn't quit exercising until you fainted or puked, you probably would never want to exercise again. If you exercise until you died, you would never be able to exercise or reach your goals. It's okay to push yourself but don't push yourself so much you make yourself sick. Punishing yourself for giving into temptation won't help you with anything. You have to accept it, forgive yourself & move on.
Here's to a healthy, realistic journey!