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2/21/11 12:01 P

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I watch it all the time. It hasn't really motivated me as much as I would like it to.

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2/21/11 10:50 A

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I love watching the Biggest Loser. It doesn't normally motivate me though I am enjoying watching the girl that has lost so much weight this time.

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2/20/11 4:06 A

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Don't think we have a series running here at the present time...
I do like it....don't actually watch much TV these days....

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2/18/11 11:31 P

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I used to watch it but dont anymore. I dont think its a healthy way to lose weight. Pushing yourself to hard sometimes is not a good thing. But to each there own.

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I don't watch it.

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Yes. It makes me think.

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I do watch it and I love it. It does encourage me, if they can lose the weight then so can I - even if they way they do it is not realistic. Also, it seems the majority of the contestants keep most of the weight off - so they must be doing something right

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We watch a lot of reruns of Bones, and other CSI type shows because that is what we get in English, not spanish. Quite happy with that but when I get back to Canada I like to catch up on all the shows of parents with multiples. I am addicted to those. Go figure!

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2/18/11 7:17 P

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nope

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2/18/11 7:13 P

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I do - but I have to DVR it so I can fast-forward Allison's number obsession, and some of the wahwahwah.

I think it's unrealistic. I also hate the gameplay. My hubby and I were talking about how OUR show would be, if we could make one - where you'd not vote people off (hello, these are people with obvious esteem issues, and now we're saying, go away, you're not worthy??). It would be more about the nutrition and working out information. And we wouldn't WANT the huge number losses. Etc.

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2/18/11 5:03 P

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I don't watch it because I just can't relate to it. I sympathize with the participants, and I feel they are really in need of help to lose weight as they appear to be morbidly obese. They need to work hard and lose weight faster to save their lives.
If I had to follow that program, I would be so rebellious I would probably gain weight!

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Not at longer do I watch when it first came out I did but I've heard so many bad things about the show from those who were on it and its just like any other reality show emoticon

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2/18/11 3:41 P

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I do watch a little of it, but usually fall asleep.
The show has changed a lot over the years- in the past I was motivated, but no more.
It's so unrealistic.

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I watch it and have for several seasons. It motivates/inspires me and I like seeing how the contestants progress. I also like Bob and Jillian telling it like it is. It's not realistic to expect to lose 20 lbs like they do in a weeks time, but if you've been eating out of control and all of a sudden your eating 1200-1500 calories a day without junk food and sodas to drink and working out with the intensity they are it might be possible. I don't like the game play, never have.

There are several folks here who talk about a chef cooking for them on the show. The shows producers and the trainers have said over the years that is not true. The contestants are required to make all of their own meals with the foods in the fully stocked kitchen. The only time a Chef cooks for them is if they win a competition and that is the prize. The Red team this season while at the Biggest Loser Resort had all their meals cooked for them by the staff there, but that's the first time that has happened and only lasted the 4 weeks they were there.

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2/18/11 2:35 P

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No, I haven't watched it at all.

I wonder if it teaches them how to maintain a healthy lifestyle. I worry that once it is over they will start gaining it back.

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2/18/11 2:23 P

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No, I don't watch it.

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Yes, I watch it.

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2/18/11 1:58 P

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I used to love the Biggest Loser and watch it every week - ever since season 2. Not always a huge fan of the "gameplay aspect" of the show. It motivates me but at the same time I also know that the expectations they have for the contestants are not realistic expecations for the average person. However, I love seeing the before and afters at the end of the season and when you see someone have their "aha" or lightbulb moment it makes me feel good for them and helps my lightbulb moment stays turned on. :)

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I watch the Biggest Loser every once in a while. Yes, it motivates me.

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I watch Biggest Loser and get motivated by the program,. I understand I cannot get nor expect the same results in such a short period of time but I do get the message about exercise combined with food and mental attitude.

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I have mixed feelings about The Biggest Loser. If it encourages people to choose a healthy lifestyle, I can appreciate that. But the extreme nature of the show makes me fear that it projects an unhealthy image of weight-loss and exercise that could do more harm than good. I haven't really been able to watch the show since I read this interview with Kai Hibbard, who was a finalist in season 3.

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I have been watching it faithfully since 2002 and have found that it has motivated me as well as encouraged me when i need it.
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2/18/11 12:45 P

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one week on the show...is not one week in real life...

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I love the Biggest Loser! It does motivate me, although I know losing the amounts they do as fast as they do is unrealistic. I love to see how they change their bodies and also how their lives change. I wasn't wild about last season though but this season is better.

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I do not watch the show but have watched a couple of episodes in the past. I feel their methods are somewhat unorthodox and unrealistic. I have always been taught that the proper and most healthy way to lose the pounds is to make lifestyle changes and let the pounds come off slowly. That way, your emotional and logical frame of mind is re-learning and losing bad habits and ideas and your body is working in sync with the mind. As someone mentioned earlier, the general population does not have a chef or personal trainer by your side 24/7 to keep you on track. What happens when you come to the end of the line and you are on your own. If you haven't changed your thoughts, your actions (and body weight) will reflect that.

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No way. Early on, I watched the first few seasons, and thought it was inspiring. Then it was on long enough to find out people were (of course) gaining the weight back. There is no quick fix, and this is just one more unrealistic approach to weight loss.

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I've seen it a time or two but I'm not a regular watcher, I like A &E's new one ("Heavy") better because it doesn't have so much of the game-show element which puts me off of "Slowest Loser." But it shares some of the same faults - gives the impression of fast loss and spends a month (full-time) in a secluded place with nothing to do but lose weight. How many people have that kind of time to devote to exercise with nothing else getting in the way?

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Nope, don't watch it. It isn't realistic!!! And just all around wrong approach to weight loss for anyone.

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No--I think those poor souls are doomed to regain. The intensity and DIET can't be maintained. Lifestyle has to change. My heart goes out to them in their desperation.

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Yes I watch it quite often.

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I DVR it and watch it from my treadmill. It motivates me to work harder. I figure that if people who are twice my size can work twice as hard, I can push myself a little harder.

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never watched it

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I stopped watching a couple years ago. Not many people can devote eight or more hours a day to exercise.

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Yes, I watch it, but wish they would return to more time working out and less time doing therapy. Also, I liked it better when the contestants started out at lower weights than now. I saw an interview with Dr. Huizinga once in which he said he started this show to prove that even people in very poor condition could train like athletes and stay athletic after the show. On some of the reunion shows, it looks like a large proportion maintain the weight loss, and become motivators in their families and communities, and that was part of his idea as well. I get tired of the therapy bits. Jillian is not a trained therapist, but her mother is. Maybe she gets advice from mom.

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I watch it and yes, I find it motivating. I like to see people really putting effort into something so hard. Plus it is hard for me to eat junk food while watching the show for two hours - it just seems wrong!

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I watch the re-runs but rarely get to watch them each season.


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No, I got hooked on the first reality show and never care to watch another one. They are just not for me.

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i will watch it once in a while...my biggest problem with it is that it isn't real-time...the huge losses we see are not one week...and that's bad for many who want and need to lose...it doesn't really happen like that...

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I do watch it every season. I have seen many changes over the years. It used to be just about placing people on a ranch, teaching them lifestyle changes, how to eat better, what type of foods to eat and exercising. People didn't play the "game" as much, they were there to get healthy and lose weight. Plus, it is a little over the top how big the contestants are getting. I remember the first season, the biggest person was like 225lbs or something. Now, you don't find anyone near that weight. It has to be HUGE people, but they aren't the only ones that need help. IN any event, I don't ;like all the advertising on it, I do love Bob and Jillian and will be sad to see them go. I think Jillian is tired of the bs of the show and the dramatization and I think that is why she is leaving after this season. I do watch it to get recipe ideas, workout ideas but the fact that someone gets to only think about weight loss and has the advantages that most of us do not makes me realize it isn't reality. I do think they push them too hard, they only show certain things, they show us the weigh ins based on how the show is going to go not the order that they weigh in. And I find that the game playing has become more of the focus of the contestants than the actual wanting to lose weight and get healthy. If I was on there, I would stay under the radar, forget the game play and lose the weight.

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I do watch it. It gives me ideas for exercises.. both conventional and non. I love the group this season!

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No! I don't watch any reality tv.

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don't watch (that show or anything else if I can help it!)
- in general tv is unhealthy for me!

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Don't watch it.

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I do watch The biggest Loser Australia, but realise it is not very realistic. They do worry me sometimes how hard they push the contestants. I watch it because sometimes you can pick up hints that might work for you

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We watch it. But one must remember that we see only what the producers/editors etc want us to see and some is scripted. For many overweight people it might just provide the motivation they need.

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Nahh, you're not cold hearted, Amy. They do cry a lot! The show used to be on a night that my late husband wasn't home, but without fail, he'd walk in the house just before it ended and he'd catch somebody crying and just shake his head. He was a suck-it-up guy. It appears that the trainers (Jillian and ?? can't remember his name.. LOL) not only train bodies but are therapists, hmm?

While I do watch parts of it (as I said below, via DVR and fast forwarding a lot), I have always been bothered by the way the show, like so many reality programs, pit people against each other. It is a game and somebody will win lots of money, but I don't like the way they make teams work together, become a cohesive unit, and them BAM... make them do something to break the bond. It would make me cry also to hurt a friend as this show requires.

Oh well, we live in the real world and as you pointed out, nobody's cooking for us nor do we (at least I don't) have a personal trainer.

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Watch it on occasion -- used to watch it more but they started losing me when they did more and more "product placement" AND it turned into alot of "counseling" -- Jillian pushing people til they tell some dark deep secret and they cry... Too much drama for me and not enough of actually showing what they DO to lose the weight (besides the pushing them so hard they throw up part).... I'd love to see more of the cooking/meals/logging food etc....


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I watched it the first few seasons... I use to like it. This will sound cold hearted (and I am a counselor....but...) I can't take the crying and sob stories anymore. It isn't that I have no empathy- I have alot but it has become the focus of the show. And I also have come to realize that it is totally unrealistic, yes they are losing weight and getting very fit but who gets to have a trainer, a huge gym, some one cooking for them, etc... and NO other responsibilty but to lose weight? No one- just reality TV people. So I guess I got tired of it.

But I do understand the attraction as I did really like it and watched it religiously when it first came out.

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I think I watched a few episodes over the seasons. cant seem to get to wrapped in it. I will never work out quiet like that nor have the opp. too. Its a great motivator for some that is for sure.

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2/18/11 5:55 A

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Yep, I DVR the program and watch it the next day so I can skip most of it, especially commercials, and watch only that which interests me. Gigantic weight loss so quickly is for them, not for me. I can't imagine eating 1200 calories a day and also working out for 6 to 8 hours. Losing weight slowly doesn't hurt like it does on that show!

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its not broadcasted over here, but we have similar programs but they are not realistic.

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I tape it and only "allow" myself to watch it while I exercise. It is a good motivator, even though I don't do all the things they do...

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No, I don't really watch "reality" tv. Although the concept of this show seems to have more merit than the usual nonsense. I like the idea of a tv show trying to motivate people in a positive manner (if THEY can do it, YOU can do it). That's a rare thing.

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2/18/11 1:20 A

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LOVE LOVE LOVE the show.


But this is still JUST television and JUST a reality (or unreality) show - for our entertainment and to sell us products that are sponsoring the show.

Also, the trainer tips are basic training advice - nice to see for those of us that haven't spent much time researching on there own. Those people should join SPARK, much more helpful



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Nope, don't watch it. It isn't realistic and leads people to have unrealistic expectations.

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I have seen it, it has motivated me, but realistically, I have issues with it. Losing that fast ... I dunno if I would learn enough skills to keep it off after the show once real life hits me. Working out for 8 hours a day then going back to normal life ... wow!

I think that it is a big motivator though!

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I don't watch it.

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I've watched it a couple of times. It depresses me too.



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I'm a fan of the show. It does motivate me to eat better and exercise more if for no other reason than I don't want to end up as big as the contestants on the show.

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I always watch Biggest Loser! I love the show! It motivates me to want to stay on track and work out.

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No, it is depressing....

If you always do what you've always done,
You'll always be who you've always been!!!!!!

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I LOVE the Biggest Loser...however I do realize that its not very realistic. Most people in the real world don't have the time to work out 8+ hours @ day with someone making your meals. I do however get motivation to workout harder and longer from watching the show. I also love the trainer tips they give you before commericals.

I get discouraged from watching the show as well...I feel like I am trying my hardest to lose the weight and its just not coming off. Watching the people on the show drop 5-20lbs in ONE week tends to get me depressed. However I try to focus on making "a lifestyle" change that will stay with me so I don't gain the weight back. I want to do this right!

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I've seen it but I'm not a regular watcher of the show. I think they push them too hard and my fear is that they will end up with an injury from it. I guess I'm a wimp!? emoticon

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Nope I don't.

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I don't watch it.

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I watch "The Biggest Loser" on TV and it does motivate me. It mostly encourages me that I should push myself harder with exercise.

Do you watch "The Biggest Loser" on TV and does it motivate you or discourage you?

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