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6 ''Biggest Loser'' Lessons to Unlearn

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  • We stopped watching that “ show” years ago.
    It’s a contest. It’s not real, it’s staged and one trainer was so tough I was turned off. So we turned it off.
  • We stopped watching that “ show” years ago.
    It’s a contest. It’s not real, it’s staged and one trainer was so tough I was turned off. So we turned it off.
  • We stopped watching that “ show” years ago.
    It’s a contest. It’s not real, it’s staged and one trainer was so tough I was turned off. So we turned it off.
  • Wishing more people would understand these things.
  • Thanks for this. The Biggest Loser is very unrealistic.
  • Reality tv? Not in the least!
  • It was because of the Biggest Loser show, that I really got encouraged to lose weight. The season of "no excuses" I really took it to heart. If they can do it, so can I. After reading this article I now no why they lost the weight and why I didn't lose what I want to, how fast I wanted to and now how hard it is to maintain.
  • #7. They usually gain all the weight back when they can no longer keep up with the program.
  • I knew this show was unrealistic from the get-go, and have watched only part of one episode. It's impossible for anyone not on game show or filthy rich to put their lives on hold for weeks. Does the show ever do follow up with any of the contestants? I wonder how many have fallen back into old habits without someone in their face 24/7?

    Bah humbug. Even Oprah, who once had a personal trainer and chef at home on staff, has now opted for Weight Watchers, one of the "slow and steady wins the race" programs.
  • I initially was a fan of this show, until I started looking more into it and seeing the affect on the individual's family as well as themselves. In more opinion, losing weight that fast, to that extreme is not healthy nor for most it is not long lasting.
  • I don't watch the show at all because I feel it is very abusive. Those so called trainers use very demeaning words to the contestants. I don't think God wants us to talk to one another in such a demeaning way.
  • One thing BL does not say is the contestants aren't really weighed in each week - it's more like every two to three weeks, but they illude that these contestants are losing in excess of over 150-200 lbs in approx 4 months! I don't that is humanly possible. Not to mention that they are competing for a huge amount of money and fame. The show Extreme Weightloss is far more realistic and true transformation.
  • Does anyone think that it is realistic though? It is a reality show. I think taking it as anything more than that does it a disservice. Beyond that though it can be entertaining and inspirational. Whether they are secluded or not people do get healthy there. to see the season where a 523 pound man lost 1/2 of his weight was inspirational. They don't all keep it off, but neither do people who follow traditional plans including Spark people. My advice take it for what it is, entertainment but there is inspiration to be had. Don't close your mind to that.
  • Glad to read this. Totally agree and personally find the show distasteful. I think it should also be said that the participants are specially chosen, partly due to their body composition and likelyhood to quickly loose fat w this type of method. Not all methods work for everyone .

  • I agree with NancyAnne. I think it sets a bad and unrealistic example of how to approach weight loss and gain a healthy lifestyle.

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