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The Magic Of Television

Friday, February 15, 2013

I started watching Biggest Loser. I should know better. When those folks hop up on the scale and get sad about their loss of four pounds in a week...I sit here with my jaw open. If I lost four pounds in a week...

1. I would know that it was probably all water.

2. If it wasn't all water it wouldn't be healthy for me to have lost four pounds. I would quickly have to check to make sure none of my arms or legs had dropped off.

3. It would not be a sustainable loss and would probably be back sooner rather than later.

4. I would throw a damned party! FOUR pounds in a week?! Are you kidding me?! If I could lose four pounds in a week, I'd reach my goal in less than five weeks! That would be like magic...BUT magic diets don't exist.

It's a stupid show. I really need to stop watching it.
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    BETHS60, that's true about the "ballast." I see video of their lives before, and I just watch, horrified as they eat some horrible gooey thing, or I watch them run on the treadmill for the first time, and then they puke...and I think, "Well, at least I don't puke when on treadmills."

    I can't remember the last time I drank a soda! Fried foods?! No way! The processed foods I do eat are organic, locally made, vegan, and probably sprinkled with pixie dust.

    So, you are right. If I had as many bad habits to shed as they have, I would probably be losing 4 pounds a week as well.

    1887 days ago
  • BETHS60
    I agree with you about the show, but I like to watch it too. (I have to do it when my husband isn't in the room, so I don't do it very often.) I think that if they can lose 4 pounds in a week, I ought to be able to lose 1. But most of the time I don't do 1/4 of what they do, so I adjust my expectations accordingly.

    I also don't have as far to go, and I don't have as much ballast to throw overboard. I don't eat processed foods. I don't eat a lot of fried foods. I never drink soft drinks. I eat lots of fruits and vegetables.

    So keep your arms and legs. Stick to your program. And watch Biggest Loser if you learn from it or are inspired by it, but stop if it makes you feel bad.
    1889 days ago
    MIDNIGHTER1, I did notice that there are "Biggest Loser" resorts. I always joke that I'm going to take a vacation away from my family, and I tell you, I find taking a couple of weeks getting yelled at in a Colorado resort pretty tempting!

    SUNKAT, I agree that they are losing weight as a job, but even with Jillian yelling in their face, sweat pouring off of them, and meals tailored to meet their needs, I can't believe that they are able to lose 19 pounds in a week! As I said in my blog, I'd be checking to make sure none of my limbs had fallen off!
    1889 days ago
    As unrealistic as the show seems , I see it with other eyes. I am not really interested in their weight loss journey,sounds weird. I see them they way I used to be,eating mindlessly,their family and the things they have not experianced( never been kissed,dating,not able to play with kids,etc,etc)
    The things that lead to their weight gain,which we all have in common in some way. The way they do it is not remotely the way a person who is at home can lose it. They workout long extensive hours,have special taylored diets and have gym access at a moments notice. Don't have to wait to use certain equipment and not work,family or real social issues we all have. It is like a vacation to work out.
    So take their story,not the way they do it. Take different types of exercises ,not the length of their workout. You are in the real world,where a week could lead to not losing a damn thing.But losing that pound a week is better for you.
    1889 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/17/2013 6:04:39 PM
    They are also all trying for some big bucks. Put that kind of incentive in front of me and I might get disappointed too in just a 4 pound weight loss. Plus they are all much heavier and have so much more weight to lose. When they get smaller, it will go slower.
    1890 days ago
    Of course, I'm totally going to watch it on hulu tonight! So GIRLGENERICA, if you are a hypocrite, so am I!
    1890 days ago
    I've had the same thoughts while watching the show... and actually haven't watched it for a couple years because it doesn't portray healthy weight loss, imho. Though I do love Jillian's DVDs and workouts, so hopefully that doesn't make me a hypocrite. :)
    1890 days ago
    For the short period of time I was using my Father-in-law's free YMCA membership, I would go with my husband there in the evenings sometimes, and I would see many people walking on the treadmill or the elliptical and watching The Biggest Loser on their machine's individual TV.

    A part of me when I saw that thought, "I should watch that right now, it would make me feel motivated to keep going." And then I had the same thought you had. The problem with this show is that it is devastating to the self-esteem of people who want to lose weight and keep it off healthily.

    For a while, before I started learning about the facts of weight loss, I would expect that I would get the same thing. It's harmful to people who watch and don't know any better. When they see someone on TV working out all the time, eating a strict diet, and losing four pounds a week, they look at themselves and feel like they're doing something wrong because THEY aren't losing four pounds a week.

    The harm in praising this image can be small or large. It will cause people to quit working because they believe they "can't" do it. It will cause people to hate themselves for not being good enough. It will cause people to lose faith that it's doable. This image twists reality to a fantasy world where everything is that easy, and the only reason you can't do it is that you have no self control. That is a good way to inspire some very unhealthy practices among those of us wishing to lose weight.

    Good for you for recognizing the ridiculousness of this show. You're doing just fine, and you seem to realize that. And so am I. We don't need to be sold a fairy tale when we can know that we are doing everything the right way, and that our bodies will be ultimately better for it. In the end truth wins.
    1891 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/16/2013 12:42:52 PM
    You just have to take those kind of shows at face value. I always try to bring away something from it (when I actually watch it) the weighted vest idea. They had an episode where they had to run around a track and pick up all the pounds they had lost that were spaced out on the track and then run to the next station, ect. and at the end they got to remove the weight and fly around that track. I love that idea...only with a modification - every pound I lose, I would weight the vest and wear it for my workouts, thereby tricking my body into working a little harder.
    I totally agree with your points.... except number 4, that would be kinda counter-productive to the weight loss but I sense the irony and find it humorous. Watch out for falling ha ha...
    1891 days ago
  • DS9KIE
    I agree with you
    1891 days ago
  • DRB13_1
    their JOB is weight loss! Hours and hours a day. emoticon
    No fast food restaurant for miles around!
    And did you notice they got to grocery shop with about $10 a day? Hmmm, WONDER if I could do that...
    emoticon Keep to your plan, it will happen! emoticon emoticon
    1891 days ago
    I agree! I get horribly frustrated with my 1 pound maximum loss for a week (because usually it isn't a pound) and then that show comes along and they can lose my year loss in 3 weeks! Beyond frustrating...I had to stop watching shows like that because it was simply killing my self esteem
    1891 days ago
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