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!