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8 Lessons from ''The Biggest Loser''

Advice to Take Away from the Show


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  • "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.
  • 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)
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • One other thing I get from "The Biggest Loser" is to respect injuries without letting it stop you completely.
  • Gotta add my name to the chorus of Sparkpeople who no longer watch this show as it has become more and more sensationalized, espousing and modeling such unhealthy ways to lose weight.
  • After watching the show for the past few years, I joined the Biggest Loser website and lost 30 pounds through their exercise and diet ideas. The only thing that got me off the program was the cost.
  • 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 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.
  • i am not sure they must have more that exercise to lose that way we dont know all the true about this show .When they make the make over where the extr skin go when you loose pound.
  • I prefer 'Celebrity Fit Club' to 'Biggest Loser', honestly. Fit Club takes a more realistic approach and doesn't kick people off for losing the least amount of weight. It's a team effort and they're all working towards a CUMULATIVE weight loss goat at the end. And it's a healthy amount. They're not losing forty to fifty pounds in a week, which CAN'T be healthy. It's normal, average weight loss, like all the rest of us do.

    I just don't like the idea of weight loss being a competition against someone else and the possibility of being punished (by being kicked out) for not losing enough weight.
  • Don't like the show's premise, or the competitive element--as if weight loss, or health, was a race.
    I guess it is good to find good things in it, but the article is definitely the more worthwhile of the two.
  • Enjoyed the article for what it is just as I enjoy the show for what it is. Its a reality show and there are some parts of it that are real and some that are not. As far as contestants being treated badly..........helllooooooooo reality show!!! they signed up knowning the kinds of things that were going to happen...........I like to watch the show because there are some great tips on it that can be used in real life and because it reminds me that if that 400 lb guy can work-out with good Ole Jill for 4 hours then I can handle 30 minutes to an hour of her. It also reminds me that there are a lot of heavier people out there have experienced the same discouragement and low-points. Bottom line....its still tv and they wouldn't produce it if it didn't make money....take it for what it is.
  • I feel for these contestants and I know they work hard when they're there. That being said, I no longer allow this show in my house. Each year, I feel the producers are trying to one-up themselves and instead of just looking for people that need help, they are going for the record-breakers, like those that need to lose 400 lbs. I no longer feel this is sending a good message to my young daughters because it's unrealistic and unhealthy. If the execs hadn't gotten greedy they could still have had a good show without going so far off the deep end.
  • I never really gave much thought to what the people on the show actually go through. I usually just watched the weigh-ins to see the impressive number of lbs lost by each participant. But I've been working out with a personal trainer for about a year now and I can honestly say that I would NEVER let my trainer treat me the way I've seen these trainers treat the people they are "helping". One episode in particular, a very obese man fell off of some piece of cardio equipment and Bob put his foot on him and made some sarcastic comment. If this is helpful and motivating then I can safely say that I want none of that! I would however entertain being treated that way if 250K was being dangled in my face as a possible prize for losing the most weight. When I read this post about how motivating this show can be, I immediately thought of an article my trainer wrote about this show and giving a very different perspective about what these people go through. Link below:

    If you want true inspiration, you can find it here on SparkPeople by viewing the many success stories of the people who put in a lot more than 12 weeks to lose the weight but they have been successful at keeping the weight off and they didn't have to be put through excrutiating workouts all while being belittled by a trainer national TV. A trainer that while he may know a thing or two about training and getting fit, I highly doubt he knows anything about being morbidly obese and how difficult it has to be to even attempt to do those exercises.

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