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8 Lessons from ''The Biggest Loser''

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I, too, am disappointed the Spark has chosen TBL as an example. This is no reality show. These contestants have signed on to a game show. No one in the real world can exercise 6 hours a day, what with jobs and families and the responsibilities of life. It's just not possible.
The massive weight loss is insustainable. Let's see them in a year!
I feel shows like this set up us "real" people for failure. I've seen a few of the episodes, and was never impressed. It's entertainment, pure and simple. Report
"i am not sure they must have more that exercise to lose that way we dont know all the true about this show "

It appears they exercise 5-6 hours a day and eat VERY strictly monitored diets. Report
"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. Report
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) Report
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. Report
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 :) Report
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! Report
One other thing I get from "The Biggest Loser" is to respect injuries without letting it stop you completely. Report
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. Report
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. Report
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. Report
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. Report
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. Report
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. Report
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. Report

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