Weight loss shows – what do you think?

Hope you have all had a good Easter. Mine was pretty uneventful. Still having to pull back on training so a bit frustrated but it’s all good.

Have you been watching The Biggest Loser Australia edition? Image

I have to say I am not too sure about it this time around. It seems to have been ramped up for ratings and become far more sensationalist and lots more shouting and storming out. Maybe I am becoming more sensitive to these things but I am starting to feel it is becoming much more of a ‘ratings’ issue than a let’s help people that are obese issue.

The first thing I didn’t like was that they brought in two extra teams and entitled them ‘The Heavy Weights’ proudly announcing that one of the ‘heavyweight contestants’ was the heaviest that they had ever had on ANY Biggest Loser show across the world. I mean it’s bad enough for someone to feel their weight is such an issue that they need to go on Biggest Loser but to then be labelled  a ‘heavyweight’ – I feel for the contestants although they don’t seem too fussed about it all.

Secondly watching the other night the heaviest guy was not in good books because he had only lost 13kg! in a week. My feeling is that anyone that has spiralled into obesity to lose any amount of weight is awesome, but to be made to feel bad because they apparently didn’t work hard enough and they only lost 13kg – is making me feel like switching off to the show.

For me it isn’t giving the right messages – maybe you disagree with me but I felt bad just for sitting and watching the show to be honest.  I understand they want to break the contestant down and build them up again and I am sure they are working to tried and tested methods but I guess the issue is they are working to a timeline – the show is only 10 weeks so they don’t have time to be nice and subtle about it.

I have been watching Extreme Makeover – Weightloss edition and quite like it. It’s set in the US and watches a person over a year and the trainer actually moves in with them for a month and helps and coaches them. Usually they stuff up in the next quarter when the trainer leaves but then you seen them coached back on track and the final reveal at the end of the year – for me this is a lot more encouraging and realistic for someones weight journey and a bit more inspiring for those that know they need to lose weight but need encouraging.

What do you think? Do you watch any of the weightloss shows on TV? Agree/disagree with what I have said? Feel free to comment.

Happy running!

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  1. I agree with regards to Biggest Looser this year – normally I love the series but I feel its much more about the ratings and the ‘drama’ of the show more than the fitness and healthy eating. I think the Extreme Makeover show is really good – demonstrates that it takes consistent effort over a long period of time to achieve weightloss and a healthy lifestyle. I dont think the environment of the Biggest Looser is the best way for the contestants to keep the weight off in the future.

    1. Hi Luisa thanks for your post – yes completely agree – I think BL is more a game show than a show that is concerned with helping the contestants long term – although in saying that I don’t know what goes on behind the scenes – they may well offer support after the show in which case that would be great of them.

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