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8 Lessons from ''The Biggest Loser''

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  • After reading a few of the comments about the show i must have missed something the couple i watched they took the contestants in a room full of food and said who ever eats the most get a reward and then showed them stuffing their faces hand fulls of junk food. the fighting among each other. and the hurtful things they say to each other. The disappointed look on the trainers when they did not have a big weight . they did not appear pleased that they had lost weight at all. it Discouraged me so that i would find my self stuffing my face some times after the show. i did not see any good hints on the show except maybe the few they had before a commercial. I did much better here on Spark. I wonder how many have regained all the weight after they won the money . one even said he did it for the cash and didn't really pay attention to what he was taught at the ranch and in real life who had 8 hours a day 7 days a week to be in the gym.
    - 6/8/2012 12:49:27 PM
    For those who have never watched more than a couple of episodes, you're missing a lot. Most of the show deals with the issues that got the contestants to this point in the first place and how to handle those issues. This last season the theme was "No Excuses" and the contestants chosen were a big bunch of whiners who, for the most part, learned how their attitudes were causing them to sabotage themselves.

    Not everyone maintains the weight loss, but that's true of every weight loss plan. TBL shows it can be done, and I've gotten a lot of good advice and inspiration from it. I'm losing slowly but I'm feeling healthier every day, and I take comfort in the fact that I would no longer qualify to be a contestant on the show. - 6/8/2012 11:37:33 AM
  • I've tried to watch that show a couple of times and it just seems to be people crying. Also I blame the show for a friend of mine boucing from fad diet to fad diet because she wants to lose all the weight NOW and can't get the idea that it takes time. - 6/8/2012 10:21:40 AM
  • ANNE007
    I admit I have never watched a full episode of this show, but from what little I've seen it does seem to sensationalize fat and fitness. I would think if I had as much weight to lose as some of those contestants and I was watching the show, it would make me feel as if I could not lose that kind of weight unless I was able to get on the show and have all the personal trainers, nutritionists, etc, that are provided. I think I would be de-motivated watching

    I do agree with the author of this article that there are some positive aspects we can take from the show, because after all, the formula is the same regardless of how much weight you have to lose. And I am not sure that the contestants are destined to gain the weight back just because of the way they lost it. True, they haven't had much time to integrate their new lifestyle, but if they are successful with that moving forward they should be able to maintain their weight and even lose, just like the rest of us.

    It's a strange reality show, though. Then again, there is a reason I don't care for reality shows at all...because they all seem strange to me :-) - 6/8/2012 10:21:07 AM
    I just watched HBO's special "Weight of the Nation" and they said that they hated TBL show due to it's unrealistic weight loss and excessive amounts of exercise. They said it's too hard to maintain that lifestyle and they will gain the weight back. Like all the other posters, 1-2 pounds per week is safest for keeping the weight off long-term. - 6/8/2012 10:01:19 AM
    Well, I hesitate to comment because I have never seen the show. However, the comment about losing 100 pounds in 12 weeks caught my eye. That works out to roughly 8 pounds a week, which seems a bit much to me. Someone commented that the time span is more like 4 months but even that works out to 5 pounds a week, another unrealistic amount per week. If the show motivates people, that's good. But unless you have a personal trainer the likes of Jillian M. and (whatever his name is), it sets alot of people up for failure. Been there, done that. I'll take the snail route. - 6/8/2012 8:54:22 AM
  • As I understand, the extreeme amount of exercise and weight loss makes these contestant's metabolism go pretty haywire, and it is nearly IMPOSSIBLE for them to keep the weight off.
    Please, let's just go slow and easy
    gest-loser-destroys-participants.html - 6/8/2012 8:44:11 AM
    I'm with the "haters" - there is nothing to let go about this issue - I am sorely disappointed that SPARK supports this pop culture piece of crap. TBL's methods of weight loss violate HEALTHY means of achieving a HEALTHY body. It is not the lifestyle change that's encouraged but crash craziness and dieting and beating your body up until you urinate blood. Yeah, thinness is worth that. And let's keep belittling and blaming people for their bodies. It's THEIR fault their genetic predispositions put them at risk for bigness. I know plenty of thin people who have the most unhealthy habits... but they're thin, so we're ok with that. Bullocks. Let's just keep shaming and blaming because that's a good thing... and let's embrace TBL because their medieval methods of weight loss work (whatev.). Thanks SPARK for ruining my opinion of your website. - 6/8/2012 8:22:45 AM
  • I, too, am disappointed the Spark has chosen TBL as an example. This is no reality show. These contestants have signed on to a game show. No one in the real world can exercise 6 hours a day, what with jobs and families and the responsibilities of life. It's just not possible.
    The massive weight loss is insustainable. Let's see them in a year!
    I feel shows like this set up us "real" people for failure. I've seen a few of the episodes, and was never impressed. It's entertainment, pure and simple. - 6/8/2012 8:06:26 AM
  • "i am not sure they must have more that exercise to lose that way we dont know all the true about this show "

    It appears they exercise 5-6 hours a day and eat VERY strictly monitored diets. - 6/8/2012 3:47:19 AM
  • "BTW, so many TBL 'haters' mentioned the unhealty weight loss in 12 weeks time....that's just the length of the season we see on TV..."

    Um, they also have had contestants drop THIRTY FOUR POUNDS in ONE WEEK.

    There is no way to view that as anything BUT unhealthy. - 6/8/2012 3:45:20 AM
  • This show has caused physical harm to contestants. Many contestants regain the weight (weakening, if not negating, one of your points). Health experts criticise it as being dangerous. Contestants "routinely drop double digits" in a week. You MUST know that 1-2 pounds/week is the recommended safe amount.

    I'm disappointed, and even disgusted, to see an article here praising ANYTHING from that garbage of a program.

    -loser-big-problems-health-experts.html Health experts, with their respective affiliations, are quoted here; don't take MY word for it) - 6/8/2012 3:43:59 AM
  • DRAGONFLY19681
    thank you so much for this article. i am in that spot right now. no patience in losing weight . want to see results quick. just want to go to bed one night and wake up thin the next. - 2/22/2012 9:12:58 PM
  • BTW, so many TBL 'haters' mentioned the unhealty weight loss in 12 weeks time....that's just the length of the season we see on TV...let's be more realistic and accept that the end weight loss results also include 4 months of returning to their own environments while the production team edit the show into bite size segments for our viewing...the finale isLIVE, AFTER those 4 additional months beyond the ranch. Let it go, please :) - 1/26/2012 10:45:22 PM
  • After reading the article and most of the comments, I'm thinking that many of TBL 'non'fans were probably never on sports teams where coaches push for optimal performance beyond perceived limitations.Where is the spirit of winning (especially when the enemy is obesity, health risks, and sedentary lifestyle?

    I avoided watching TBL for many seasons and my excuse was it was unrealistic, but truth is I feared watching the contestants would be like watching myself and what I should be doing to regain my life. But, now I watching it religiously, with my pompoms cheering on all the teams, saddened that anyone gets sent home, but then cheer proudly when the transformation is revealed. I dont care about the realistic-ness..the end result is motivating! I got the WII game and refused to workout with Jillian, but Bob (or even Dolvett) can yell at me anytime, if it's followed up with one of those huge hugs when I meet the weekly expectations! At any rate, the show is inspiring, and if it gets even one person off the couch, I say SUCCESS! The article reinforces the postives of the show....let's stick with that. Go TEAM! - 1/26/2012 10:39:58 PM

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