Oddly this show has never appealed to me and doesn't now. I never found it inspirational in any way. I certainly found it unrealistic. I mean, sure, I could easily do better if I had 24-7 access to a personal trainer, chef, medical, etc. And had the extra benefit of "being on TV longer" or the possibility of "winning" some cash reward.
To quote Seinfeld, "not that there's anything wrong with it." Just not my cup of tea at all.
current weight: 187.2
Fitness Minutes: (20,640) Posts: 186 11/17/12 11:36 A
I think I innoculated myself against falling into the weight-loss-reality-show trap by watching home improvement reality shows. After trying (and failing) to create a new room in a weekend, it finally dawned on me that, not only is the host and the homeowner working on the project, they also have off-camera experts, producers, grunts and even the cameraman to provide extra hands. Same principal as the weight loss shows, only I have squeaky floors and imperfect paint jobs instead of injury and disappointment.
-Lora smoking quit date: 11/16/13
current weight: 170.0
Fitness Minutes: (20,640) Posts: 186 11/17/12 7:37 A
Thanks for the link, Lora. I do love watching this show, but I think I am realistic enough to notice that the results each week are insane and I even think that loosing so much weight a single week (a single week on the BL can be even up to two weeks) can promote an unhealthy relationship with your body. We learn from the beginning how to live and eat healthier while we have our normal daily routine with work and other chores, but those contestans will have to learn everything once they leave the ranch. I also read somewhere that most of them have regained weight. I'm sure that is due because they workout less than on the show but forget to lower their calorie intake at the same time. I also don't like that they taboo topics like loose skin on the show. It makes people seem like the contestants don't have to worry about excess skin and while at first they weigh in shirtless or in a sportsbra, later you only see them in long shirts. I guess this show can give you some great tipps and motivation but at the same time you have to be aware and be careful that you don't compare yourself and your results on the contestants.
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Fitness Minutes: (98,248) Posts: 977 11/17/12 7:05 A
I admit I never watched this show but I have watched the Food Network copycat and it struck me how impossible their weight loss goals and results seem. You can be intimidated or even discouraged when you watch and decide that you are a failure. Not true! This article reminds us of the differences between reality and reality television. www.sparkpeople.com/resource/motivat io n_articles.asp?id=1192
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