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Shows and Documentaries I REALLY RECOMMEND watching! (Lifestyle Changes, Weight Loss etc)

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Hey everyone!!

I'm back to talk about shows and documentaries I've watched the really inspired me to get back in the saddle and not only lose weight but become healthier!!

1. Biggest Loser-

I got introduced to the show by my friend SINGAWOLFSONG aka Linda back in 2006ish. There's a lot of things I like about the show such as getting to know the show's contestants and seeing their journey progress as the show goes on. There are also things I do not like about the show as well, such as some of the contestants being more concerned about the game than the actual weight loss journey and not focusing on how they got to be so big. Which brings me to the season I absolutely despise, season 13. Season 13 was the worst season ever, the contestants were always in such huge drama and the most vindictive contestant I have ever seen was there. I only saw the first three episodes of that season but I refuse to watch the rest of it to this day because it was so awful and not inspiring!! I recommend watching all of the seasons expect 13 to get inspired! emoticon

Where to watch it- If you have a Hulu account you can watch from season 7 and above I believe. If you don't you can watch the current season. It USED to be on Netflix that featured the show since its FIRST season but it's not on there anymore! emoticon And of course it's on NBC every week now on Mondays(?)

2. Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition

Instead of having a ton of people fight for one title, each show focuses on one person that goes through a year of transformation to change their life!
I really like this show as well, I think it's really real you see the person's struggles and achievements. Also the show shows the few that didn't make their goals and it makes you realize it's not always just about the diet and exercise, it may also be some other issues you have to face.The only thing I really don't like about the show is the fact you don't know the folks as well but it's not a huge deal. It's still a good show! emoticon

Where to watch it- You can watch it on Hulu for sure, not exactly sure if you can watch it on Netflix. It's on ABC but not sure of the scheduling time. emoticon

3. I Used to Be Fat

I was bored on Hulu one day when I came across this show. I know my younger sister mentioned it to me once so I started to watch it. If you were big throughout childhood and adolescence I really recommend it. The show is about young people making a goal to become a completely different person by the end of summer or start of college. They have trainers and have to be on a strict diet but you see their challenges and struggles throughout the episodes. There was one episode that really hit home for me. The girl was extremely determined to lose weight but her mom seemed to be sabotaging her journey and her excuse was because of the younger siblings.

Where to watch- It's is on Hulu but it links you back to MTV when you want to watch it.

4. Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution

This is not a weight loss show but a good watch. Jamie Oliver is a chef from England and he is passionate about educating people the importance to know what is in food. The first season he traveled to the United States to one of the most obese cities in the nation to help them. The second season he went to L.A and was met with a lot more difficulties compared to the prior season. This show really makes you think about what is in our food. I didn't know that chocolate milk has much sugar as regular soda!

Where to watch- It was on Hulu but is no longer on there. I'm going to see if it is on Netflix.

Now onto the documentaries!!!

1. Supersize Me

I have mixed feelings about this documentary. It is about a guy who decides to go on a 30 day McDonald's diet and live a sedetary lifestyle "like most Americans" He gains weight but had a hard time getting it off. It's interesting to watch but I know that if I was eating Mickey D's all the time I'd get tired of it. lol

Where to watch- It's on both Hulu and Netflix

2. Fat Head

I saw this on my recommendations on Netflix, a man named Tom saw Supersize Me and took it as a dare so he decided to do the same thing Morgan Spurlock did but he wanted to prove that you could LOSE weight while eating fast food. It really shows you that it does depend on your choices you make and talk about what really is making you overweight. Another one to make you think about what you are putting in your body.

Where to watch- Both on Hulu and Netflix

3. Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead

Another recommendation from Netflix, it's about a man named Joe Cross who was fat, sick, and nearly dead (hence the title lol) so he decided to go the United States to encounter what made him overweight in the first place for 60 days going on a raw fruit and vegetable diet by juicing. During his journey he mets another man who is going through the same struggles he was. It's a journey type documentary but it is very interesting to watch.

Where to watch- Hulu and Netflix

4. Food Matters

I watched it and it made total sense to me. It talks about how we need to really need to look what's in foods. It gets into a lot of detail about it! It even features Joe Cross from the previous documentary! WATCH IT!!!!!!!

Where to watch- Netflix

Thanks for taking the time to read all of this. More than anything watch the documentaries, the shows are more for inspiration!!

Have a wonderful day!

Please leave comments below! Did you watch any of the above before? What did you think? Do you have a documentary or show to recommend? Let me know!!


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    Great list!! :) Thanks for the suggestions
    1349 days ago
    I loved "Forks Over Knives" and also "Vegucated" (It streams on netflix)
    1350 days ago
    You mentioned some of my favorite shows and films.
    I was already animal-free when I saw Forks Over Knives, but it is another great doc that after watching it, pretty much everyone comes away with a desire to change their relationship with food.
    1350 days ago
    4. is called Hungry for Change actually. It's really good! I've been plugging it all over sparkpeople. It was really inspiring for me.

    Here's a couple more:

    Food Inc. sobering look into the food industry of this country

    Food Matters similar to Hungry for Change. talks a lot about real food and super foods. I got really motivated by it.

    Farmaggedon: shows the importance of knowing and supporting your local farmers and the evils of the USDA.

    One that I didnt like is Vegucated. Supposedly touting a healthy lifestyle through veganism but i got turned off when oreos were on the ok to eat list.

    Also a blog that I love is Lots of great information including how to ease yourself (or your family) into the clean eating lifestyle. Plus lots of great recipes. I use tons of them all the time.
    1351 days ago
    Thanks for sharing!
    1351 days ago
    Thanks for the suggestions.
    1351 days ago
    Thanks for the recommendations. I have been putting off watching Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead for some reason. I know a few people that started juicing after watching it.
    1351 days ago
  • HEIDIJO150
    I absolutely love Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition. That show is awesome and I think gives a more realistic picture of what normal people go through to lose weight. I like it more than the biggest loser because the people are staying at home losing weight and not secluded at a ranch where they are away from a lot of the stresses of every day life. It seems like a more realistic approach and more inspiring, at least for me it was.
    1351 days ago
    All great shows!
    1351 days ago
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