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8 Lessons from ''The Biggest Loser''

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    It's interesting how the author managed to pull out all the positives of the show while totally ignoring all the negatives. For instance, he never mentioned the injuries or trips to the emergency room for some contestants, the dehydration, the mental abuse the contestants are subject to from their "trainers/coaches," the fact that the contestants work out for 6 HOURS A DAY!!!, the total unreality of the show, the extra pressure on the individuals when they don't measure up to their expected losses, or when they are the ones who are responsible for their team's loss.

    WEIGHT LOSS IS NOT A COMPETITIVE SPORT!!! Each person loses at their own pace, and being overweight in the first place is stressful enough. It's no wonder there's at least one emotional breakdown per show - that's shown on TV to get the ratings up, of course. The contestants are subjected to humiliation time after time and made to feel like failures often - I'd never get on a scale in spandex in front of an audience of millions of people - even if I were guaranteed to win. - 7/31/2011 3:21:32 PM
  • An excellent article with many LESSONS to be learned. - 7/31/2011 2:41:30 PM
  • I watch all the weight loss shoes, (Too Fat For 15, Extreme Makeover, Biggest Loser, Heavy, etc.). And even though I might not try to lose as quickly as they do on most of these shows, they motivate me. I watch these people working out, making good food choices, and it inspires me to do the same! Right now I'm wishing there was another weight loss show on to fill in the gap before the Fall season starts, as Extreme Makeover just finished its first season. I also hope they renew that show, although I don't know how Chris, the trainer, managed to spend (live with) 90 days with each contestant, when there was 8 different contestants. Of course everyone does the best when Chris is with them, usually losing 100 lbs. in those first 90 days. I just don't know how Chris physically manages to do it--plus I see he & his wife just had a baby. I guess I am too worried about the logistics, and should concentrate more on the motivation these shows provide to me--and that is a big help for all of us--those of us trying to lose AND people like me who are struggling everyday with maintenance. - 7/31/2011 12:54:36 PM
  • I enjoyed this article. In particular, the following words really spoke to me today... "With every small step you take towards your goals, your confidence will build. With every goal you achieve, your self-esteem with sky-rocket. The key is to just start. It's always better to try—even if you mess up along the way — than to never try at all." - 7/31/2011 11:16:32 AM
  • I recently watched the similar show "Extreme Makeover: Weightloss Edition" and the trainer said that for the morbidly obese, the benefits of quick weight loss outweigh (sorry!) the risks. Does anyone know if that's true?

    Certainly I've always heard that for people who are just overweight, one to two pounds lost per week is appropriate - not 10 or 12! - 7/31/2011 10:10:53 AM
  • As some one else stated, I, too, watch this show while I work out. I find it very motivational that these contestants are trying to make major lifestyle changes! - 7/31/2011 8:52:37 AM
  • I've watched the show and while I don't think I would appreciate Bob or Jillian in my face I usually feel really inspired by the end - these people have made the commitment and it's great to see how they've pulled their life around. Consistency IS the key and once we get our head round the idea that we are the onesin control - we put the weight on over a period of time and we'll take the weight off over a period of time and once we get to goal weight - consistently maintain it. - 7/31/2011 8:29:05 AM
  • I've never watched the show and don't intend to-for the same reasons that one who have already posted stated.
    However, I really liked the article! Very realistic, and encouraging! I never thought of making up some challenges for myself, such as setting up bins and moving empty soda cans from one to the other! What a wonderful idea!
    Here in Florida it is so hot and muggy all summer long, most of my exercise has to be inside the house, so it can get boring. Thanks for the good article! - 7/31/2011 8:17:43 AM
  • The points of the article are great. I just wish it hadn't been linked to the show. Losing 100 pounds in 12 weeks is not healthy nor does it suggest that it will be lasting. That is a "quick fix" and those of us in the real world, who have to change our lifestyles won't, can't and shouldn't lose weight at that pace. - 7/31/2011 6:28:03 AM
  • Motivating article! Thank you. I needed a positive pick-me-up! - 7/31/2011 5:31:44 AM
  • This article was actually quite helpful for me!! - 4/15/2011 8:20:29 AM
  • good article! - 3/15/2011 1:48:11 PM
  • Very well written! I need to work on all your points in this article, except the doing it alone. Most of us at work are helping and supporting each other, with eating better and exercising. I'm printing this so I can keep re-reading it when I need to. - 2/15/2011 9:30:10 PM
  • I like the idea of the show. I think it is extremely motivating. I think that idea is if this person who is the oldest, heaviest, most unhealthy, etc contestant that they have ever had on the show can lose that much weight, whether it was a year or in this case 12's inspirational. I think, although it should not be the goal for people to lose 100+ lbs in 12 weeks, the idea is that your body can handle so much more than you think it can. I mean, look at athletes, when they work out, sometimes they do throw up, and they are conditioned to work. Now you take a person, who may have never worked out in their life and you throw them on a treadmill and make them go. Sure people are gonna throw up, but the key is KEEP GOING. That's the key - Don't give up. I think that it can be very motivating. - 2/15/2011 4:04:29 PM
  • Great article! Don't watch the show, don't like the show, I think watching people be over worked to the point of throwing up, passing out etc, is disgusting and abusive and only feeds into the wrong ideas that too many people feed into. I feel even though they come out of this "stronger" are they really? At what cost? Humiliation, don't find any value in this. To have trainers yelling at you would not motivate me ever! I think it is a very unhealthy way to approach weightloss, and maybe some good things have come out of it, but... when you compare the pros and cons, mmm not for me... I am so not a fan! - 2/15/2011 6:57:00 AM

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