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Thoughts on TV weight loss shows

Sunday, February 17, 2013

I just finished reading a spark article on the the Biggest Losers program and was shocked to read that the best losers typically lose more than 100 pounds by the end of a 12 week period! 100 pounds!!!! I will be so pleased if I can accomplish that in 1 year!

I don't live in the states so have only seen a few episodes when visiting family, but frankly, it is such an unrealistic picture of what most people can accomplish. There is a show here in The Netherlands where they follow people for 1 year and then each show is an hour long program devoted to watching that person's journey from start to finish. And while I HATE the title of the show (Obese), it is realistic and very motivating. It shows normal people changing their lifestyle in their home environment as they work, take care of children, go to school, etc. And they do start with a coach from the show in the beginning, but then continue on at their neighborhood gym. They have a nutrition coach and a food plan to follow that is tailored to their food preferences. At the end of 1 year, most have lost a tremendous amount of weight, but it is a realistic amount.

I don't know. On the one hand, TV weight loss programs have shown me tips on exercise and diet and it is motivating to see someone turn their life around. But it also sometimes makes me feel frustrated as of course I can't lose 10-15 pounds in a week or pull giant tires across the beach! My poor knees would never forgive me!

And so I will plod on, walking outside, going on the treadmill at the gym, lifting my light weights (recently had hand surgery), watching what I eat and make healthy food choices day in and day out. Baby steps on this journey...It is a steady path and I am proud of the weight I have lost so far. I am not going to let myself get discouraged by miracle weight loss stories.

Sometimes, I just wish they would follow a person like me, who doesn't have a personal coach or a dietitian, who has physical issues that prevent her from doing certain exercises, who needs to work and clean house and take care of family even as she tries to lose weight and regain her health.
Now that is a program I would watch!
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ICANDI4U 2/21/2013 1:59AM

    Slow and steady is the way to go. Too much too may gain it all back and more.
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LOLABLACK69 2/18/2013 4:27AM

    I agree with you when it comes to programs like those. It seems so unrealistic to me. And unhealthy to loose so much weight in so little time. I've seen few of those shows, and in the end people always got at least part of that weight back... So I don't believe it pays off in the end. Anyway, I like your program so much better, and hope you'll follow it as you planned! emoticon
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NANNABLACK 2/17/2013 9:53AM


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    My dear - your eloquently stated goals in this paragraph:

... I will plod on, walking outside, going on the treadmill at the gym, lifting my light weights (recently had hand surgery), watching what I eat and make healthy food choices day in and day out. Baby steps on this journey...It is a steady path and I am proud of the weight I have lost so far. I am not going to let myself get discouraged by miracle weight loss stories. ...

Will get you where you want to be!


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MELMOMOF4 2/17/2013 9:25AM

    I do love the show. but I don't let it stop me seeing them lose so much weight in a week. it just makes me more motivated cause I know if they can do it so can i

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LEPETITCHIHUA 2/17/2013 9:19AM

    I love the show. The contestants have sooooo much courage to get threw it. They should be praised not put down. They reach their goals and that is awesome and extremely positive!

The determination they have....awesome!

I would never be a contestant cause I like it easy! So one pound lost a week is perfect for me. But please...... a little respect for those contestants!

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NUTRON3 2/17/2013 7:22AM

    The people lose weight so fast, thier skin just hangs

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BEFIT016 2/17/2013 6:57AM

    I could lose weight, too, if you stick me on a ranch with nothing to do all day except have my personal trainer push me, someone else does the cooking. But that's just not realistic AT ALL! I live in the US & I don't/won't watch those shows because it's not how real, every day people live. And Jillian--I don't know...She's a bit 'over-bearing', to say the least, a bully, to say the worst.

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JILLIEWILLIE1 2/17/2013 5:30AM

    It is not realistic for a person that works, has a family and doesn't have a team of doctors, coaches and producers along with cameras watching every move. But we can still do it. Just not as fast! emoticon

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ROSAMARCELLE 2/17/2013 4:51AM

    You are right to have doubts about the Biggest Loser. I have watched the UK version myself and the point is those people have daily coaching sessions, very punishing - and from what I have seen - potentially dangerous exercise routines and a dietician on top to help them through the weeks of the programme they are staying at the house. They have no contact with family members or outside distractions. This is not real life at all and we can't begin to do it while living normal family and working lives. I am exactly the same as yourself. It is hardwork and doesn't help that I don't really enjoy working out and exercise. I am forcing myself to do it because I feel so bad about my weight, the affect it is having on my mobility, and I am frankly scared of having a stroke and being crippled. With the diet, I have managed to stay off the sweet triggers for long enough now not to crave them so much. All the experts say that you shouldn't lose weight too quickly and that it isn't sustainable. You are doing it the right way and you will get there if you stay motivated and determined. Nothing has got to stand in your way and if you do have a slip up you just have to get up again and carry on.
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DAMSON50 2/17/2013 4:09AM

    I agree with you. I'm sure there are things you can learn from these shows but it's just not how real people live their lives. And all the aggressive 'motivation' techniques leave me completely cold. I couldn't bear it. It's the little things you do every day as part of your normal life, that pay off in the long term.

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