I love the Biggest Loser. I've seen every season and some of them more than once. (I love watching them on my iPad while I work out on my treadmill). I find their stories to be touching and relatable, their experiences at the ranch encouraging and emotionally draining, and their final results to be inspirational and motivating.
There has been lots of discussion about the latest finale which aired last night. I've seen complaints that Rachel, the over all winner, lost too much and then I've heard disappointment that others didn't lose more. I think we need to realize that we are all on our own journey. Each one of us has different goals, different time frames, and different body types.
I've heard disappointment about the weight loss of Holley, Ruben and Hap. Over an approximate 7-8 month journey they lost 74, 85 and 87 respectively. Isn't that the healthy amount for losing weight during that time frame? But yet it wasn't enough.
Then I heard complaints about Rachel, the finale winner, who weighed in at 105lbs losing 155lbs and having a BMI of 18, that she looks anorexic and that the show should have more control over the contestants ending weight, ensuring that the contestants BMIs are in the healthy range, so it will have a better reflection on the shows credibility.
I too felt that Rachel looked too skinny but who am I, a complete stranger, to judge on what is healthy for her. Some will say, "Her BMI was 18, that its considered under weight!!!" I have heard over and over, and even from medical professionals, that the BMI is just a guideline.
Here is a personal situation to reflect that statement:
I have a sister who is only one year older than me. We are both 6'0" tall. We have COMPLETELY different body types. A good weight for her, when she is at her best, is 130-135lbs. My ideal weight when I looked stunning is 170. That would give her a BMI of 17.6 and me a BMI of 23.1
After having her three babies and just dealing with life and the ups and downs of weight my sister lost 90lbs last year. Having been heavy for 15 years prior, those who didn't know her before the weight gain freaked out. I'd have people call ME and tell me my sister was too thin, anorexic, needed to gain some weight back. The thing is they had never seen her at her best. They didn't know what her true body type was. Now, at 138 she is striking, fit, healthy and running half-marathons and doing triathlons. And her BMI is 18.7
We have to take these reality shows for what they truly are, Entertainment! Most of us here are here because we want to lose weight. We wouldn't want others, mostly strangers, to judge us by how fast or slow we're taking our weight off or tell us what our ideal weight should be. Thankfully there are guidelines, even the BMI chart, to help us set what is healthy for us.
Would Holley, Ruben and Hap look better with a few more pounds off? Yes, and healthier, hopefully they won't let their journey end and will reach the goals they have for themselves.
Would Rachel look better with an extra 5 or 10lbs added back on. Probably. More than likely that will happen now that the competition is over. She'll be able to find a weight that she'll be able to maintain.
Hopefully we can all develop a healthier perception of others weight, realizing that not every body is created equally. There are tall and short, small boned and large and each one of us has to find that healthy weight that can be lost safely and maintained over time. I think we need to realize that we are all on our own journey. Each one of us has different goals, different time frames, and different body types.