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8 Lessons from ''The Biggest Loser''
Advice to Take Away from the Show
6/8/2012 8:54:22 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.
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
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.
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.
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.
(http://www.livescience.com/9820-biggest -loser-big-problems-health-experts.html Health experts, with their respective affiliations, are quoted here; don't take MY word for it)
2/22/2012 9:12:58 PM
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.
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 :)
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!
I am deeply disappointed to see an article praising "The Biggest Loser" on the SparkPeople website. In my opinion, that show encourages extremely unhealthy concepts in how to lose weight. Losing 100 pounds in 12 weeks equals an average 8 pounds lost a week. That is a ridiculously unhealthy rate of weight loss, impossible to maintain for long, and almost a guarantee to backfire and cause the person to relapse. I have read behind-the-scenes accounts of that show in which the participants admitted to doing some incredibly risky things to win weekly challenges. Is that the kind of model of weight management that we want the public at large to think is okay? Is that even remotely like the model of safe, sane, liveable, SLOW weight loss that Sparkpeople.com has as its in-house model? I think not. A great big thumbs-down on this article--this is the kind of writing that makes me wish there was a "do not like" button I could click. Meanwhile, I'll just go back to my Sparkpeople planners and set up another day of nice, healthy, successful SLOW weight loss like I've been doing ever since I got here.
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