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Biggest Loser, Unrealistic Expectations

Sunday, February 17, 2013

I'm watching last week's episode of Biggest Loser, and it's really disturbing to me to see the contestants being genuinely upset about 4- and 6-pound weight losses. I know that it is because it means a risk of falling below the yellow line and being out of the game...

... But what kind of signal are we sending to the rest of the country? That if you can't pull amazing numbers every week, you have failed? That your success is defined by the number on the scale? I don't like this message... and I don't like the standard that the show seems to set for the number of hours one should be spending in the gym. It's unrealistic!

And as usual, I really don't like all the game playing that goes on on the show. Up until this episode, there really hasn't been a lot of that. But this episode it hit hard! It's my least favorite part of the show and one of the reasons I didn't watch for several seasons.

At the same time, I know that the show gives inspiration to thousands, including me. And I was actually pleased to see that the show proved once again that participating in the temptations can completely backfire. So I'm not going to stop watching or anything... But I would love to see them address some of the unrealistic expectations that the show seems to set up.

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    I know what you mean about them getting upset about the "small" loses. It really is upsetting to see them so sad or even angry about losing "only" 4 pounds, or 7 pounds or something that gets them below the yellow or red line.
    I did hear, though it may be misinformation, that a week on the show is actually two or more weeks...
    1821 days ago
    I actually like the Diet, I have several BL books & cookbooks. The plan is a good one - but I NEVER watch the show. I'm put off by their voting people out like "Survivor," I think that sends the wrong message, too. And it seems to be more of a social show like "American Idol," where people like their favorite player and so much phony drama going around. And what's up with the eating challenges where they get points for overeating - what's up with that??? emoticon It makes no sense to me that anyone would risk their hard-earned weight loss for bonus points, and the peopel who DON'T binge are the ones at risk - STOOPID if you ask me.
    1853 days ago
    @ SCRIVENERKIM - Me too... but I certainly don't have the time to workout as much as they do! They spend HOURS in the gym every day!

    @TIBI183 - I agree, it's much more rewarding to know that I am learning to overcome setbacks and plateaus in a healthy way!

    @ DRPOOH63 - I don't even have TV so I watch it on Hulu. LOL

    @ THEBLOODRED - Thanks for the compliments!!!

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    1855 days ago
    Hey there Bug Faerie! I also watch a lot of Biggest Loser and it seriously motivates me. It sucks when they aren't happy about a huge weight loss like that, but I guess they are thinking of the game part of the show, and not the personal success. I hope you're doing good with your goals! You look amazing!! Love the hair too! :)
    1856 days ago
  • DRPOOH63
    I completely agree. I love watching for the inspiration but they never really talk about how much time they spend in the gym and what exactly they eat to maintain losses at that level. Just crazy. They have some great tips and it is fun to see them try different exercises. I DVR it so I can fast forward through the silly challenges because they really, really annoy me.
    1857 days ago
  • TIBI183
    I also watch The Biggest Loser, but I totally agree with you. I like how this show inspirates and motivates people and they do give some great tips. On the other hand, i always get upset when they started crying over a '6lbs weight loss' and their feeling like they have failed. Of course, I would love if I could loose weight that fast, but then would I really benefit from it? This journey is hard and it might look easy on this show (unless the trainers keep yelling at them lol), but I am glad that I learn it the hard way to eat and live healthier. I also learn to deal with setbacks while I am on this journey whereby the contestants have to learn that after they have lost the weight and return home to the normal routine.
    1857 days ago
    I get a lose of 1 to 2 lbs a week and would just love to get their 4 to 6 lbs! emoticon
    1857 days ago
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