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The Biggest Loser just makes you feel like a loser.

Wednesday, April 03, 2013

After quitting my job it has been a lot easier to focus on being healthy. Especially considering I worked at the mecca of fried food. Even our all vegetable salad was like 250 calories! YIKES.
I am eating healthy and working out which is awesome but I wanted something more.
I needed a little motivation.

I browsed spark but I was tired so I thought maybe I'll watch something motivational. I have seen the show "I used to be fat" on MTV which is ok, I already watched all the healthy documentaries on Netflix so even though I don't really agree with everything on it I turned on "The Biggest Loser"

I made it about 30 minutes into season 14 episode one and had to turn it off. I couldn't watch it anymore! I have never felt more frustrated in my life. All I could think is STOP STOP STOP YOU'RE GOING TO KILL YOURSELF!

On their first workout they were dropping like flies, passing out everywhere, puking, dry heaving, crying and when they stopped according to Jillian Michaels they were weak and awful and giving up.

I'm sure there are some aspects that are for TV and it's not all awful, but if we keep showing people the puke and the tears how are we going to motivate people. I don't know this may just be rambly and ranty but I just had to put that out there. I was very disappointed.
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PROVERBS31JULIA 4/4/2013 3:11PM

    I've watched at the show a few times when I've been at a friend's house, but it surely does NOT inspire me to rush out and subscribe to cable tv, just so I can have this combative, assaultive, demotivational show in my house! I'm more vicious to myself than Jillian is, so I don't need to pay to have more abuse. It does appear to be highly manipulative of our emotions and our struggles and those of the participants on the screen. And the premise is sort of de-motivational - why is there only ONE biggest loser who is the "winner" by losing the most weight? I believe ANY of the participants who lose weight after their stint with the show is over (or in spite of the show!!) is a WINNER and they ought to all have the great prizes and the mental positivity flowing their way. It's so heartbreaking to see those who have lost even only a few pounds and have them burst into tears because of Jillian's mocking and scolding of them. So I'm sorry, this show is a real bummer for me and I just basically avoid it like the plague. I can think of far more creative ways to waste my time then watching this show, and I'm much happier for it!!

Just my two pounds worth (not cents, because two cents doesn't make sense here!! hee hee!).
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CLPURNELL 4/3/2013 11:03PM

    I watch the show but I agree with you as well. The show is inspirational and motivational at times but it can be awful for somebody who is just starting out. First off like I said who will want to get off the couch when you see people falling out at the gym and puking everywhere. That scares the crap out of people and totally isn't necessary. I have lost 100 pounds and I have never puked or passed out. It doesn't have to be that way.

Second part I HATE. Now I don't use the word hate a lot it is not in my dictionary but I HATE the weigh ins. Because if somebody loses 3 pounds in a week they act like its the end of the world. So what that does to those that watch and try is say that there 3 pounds isn't good enough. Now the people here on spark for teh most part know better. if you lose a pound or two in a week that is amazing but the show sets such unrealistic goals that I know people at home try to hold them self too. So when they don't drop 8 pounds a week they feel like they will never get to where they want. I think that is an awful precedence to set so I agree with you. I enjoy the show but I think it sets really unrealistic goals on weight loss.

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PHEBESS 4/3/2013 8:55PM

    I feel the same way about that show!

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BEECHNUT13 4/3/2013 7:40PM

    I knew a girl who was on the Biggest Loser with her mom and had lost a lot of weight, and she was the most self-centered prat i had ever met in my life. She was disgusting.

Someone gave me a recommendation for a movie on Netflix, but now I can't remember what it is...

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SIMONEKP 4/3/2013 2:09PM

    You have to take with a huge grain of salt

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ATTACKFATCAT 4/3/2013 12:07PM

    I agree wholeheartedly. The first few episodes that are all about throwing up and crying and such are TERRIBLE. It drives me nuts to see everyone sitting around swathed in ice packs. And then they wonder why people get injured and stay that way for the rest of the season. The whole TV shock value thing is just getting old. So many shows do this, reality and scripted. It's like they think we all have the attention span of a gnat and unless they show blood, gore, or drama, we aren't going to stick around.

That being said, I watched the entirety of Season 14 and changed my opinion a bit on the show overall. I used to think it was extremely pointless. However, I do think it does have it's merits as a motivator IF you acknowledge that the show takes things to extreme. Like they work out 4-6 hours a day vs. Joe Schmo who has a full time job and regular everyday responsibilities. They are also on an extremely low calorie diet that is closely monitored. They are cocooned on the ranch with a fridge full of healthy food, trainers yelling at them 24/7, and no fast food or family function temptations. Of COURSE they are going to drop 10, 15 pounds in a week. If I had that luxury, I'd be dropping weight like crazy too. But people have to realize that we can't all expect to duplicate those results in our normal everyday lives.

I think the contestants can be role models. I love Danni because she's built kind of like me and her starting weight was similar to mine. I look up to her because she built a ton of muscle during the show. She didn't just drop a bunch of weight and look skinny and frail.

I think the show has so much untapped potential as a good healthy resource for all it's viewers. Instead of pushing sponsor products, show people the types of recipes the people on the ranch are cooking for themselves. Show the mental aspect of weight loss as well as the physical. Focus more on diet and nutrition. But we humans apparently love our trash TV, so sadly, unless that changes, I don't see BL changing much either.

Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition is a GREAT alternative. Chris Powell is very inspiring and positive. You can tell he really cares about the people on the show. He's had his own past struggles, so that really helps him empathize with what others are going through. I just wish it had more episodes. I think they are on Hulu Plus or ABC.

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CAGMUAHFO2 4/3/2013 11:38AM

    I couldnt agree more with you. I watched about 15 mins and I had to turn it too. I just can not watch it. It's the most un-motivational show in my opinion!!

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GINGERHAWK 4/3/2013 11:35AM

    I don't watch that show either - they seem to push everyone to the brink and it's tough to see. Glad to hear that you're better able to focus on a healthy lifestyle now that you left your old job behind. Keep pushing!

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CHODGES83 4/3/2013 11:34AM

    I have the same feelings for Biggest Loser as I have for most reality tv; it's unrealistic. Rest assured those people are being instructed to behave a certain way for the camera and there is medical staff on hand for when they really are about to die from pushing themselves much harder than necessary.

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EMMYLOU010409 4/3/2013 11:17AM

    The show is so unrealistic. They are secluded and workout 6 hours or so a day. No families, no work, no temptation, etc. If I had nothing to do but workout for 6 hours a day with a personal trainer, I could kick Jillian's butt.

But that doesn't prepare anyone for the real world. They have spouses and kids and life outside of the ranch.

In their defense, though, I'm pretty sure they always have medical staff on the sidelines. And they probably tell the contestants to go ahead and puke and cry as much as they want because it makes for good TV. It is reality TV, so the odds are the contestants get instructions.

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AEROGIRL1594 4/3/2013 11:11AM

    I agree with you, and it's not a healthy way for them to lose weight as they do it so fast. I love Jillian's workout videos, but I don't think I would enjoy being on the show for the fact that it really is so unhealthy. Hope all is well!
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Emma
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STELLASMYBEBE 4/3/2013 11:02AM

    I hate watching that show because I always compare myself to them. If I see someone roughly the same weight/height, I'm like, Do I look like that?!?! LOL! I guess that may be a good thing... Hmmm....

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