I always say, if I had my way there would just be one before and after show. I love seeing that part. But I absolutely hate the notion that it would EVER be a good idea to lose 30 pounds in one week or work out for 8 hours straight. Thank goodness they don’t tell us what these people eat because I guarantee you they are starving themselves. And probably taking a whole mess of supplements as well.
It is only a matter of time before The Biggest Loser kills one of its contestants. 400 pound people CAN work out but any sane doctor would recommend they start slow and build, not immediately run up a mountain. The amount of stress these people are putting on their hearts makes my heart ache sympathetically.
All the “healthy” weight loss advice tells you to lose a maximum of 2 pounds a week for optimum health and likelihood of keeping it off. Yet I cannot tell you how many posts I’ve read on a diet forum about what failures people think they are for ONLY losing 2 pounds in a week. I blame this on The Biggest Loser.
I’m really glad it inspires people. It has definitely inspired me from time to time. But it keeps getting more outrageous. They pretty much have to put up a fatter person every year to keep building momentum. Secretly, I bet the network execs know exactly what a media spectacle it would be if they did kill somebody. And I bet they wouldn’t mind that publicity one little bit.
I also hate (and secretly love) the humiliation of it. Would I stand up in front of the world in a sports bra even after losing almost 70 pounds? Oh hell no. You can keep your $250,000.
I like attaching weights to different body types. I see what a variation there is. I wonder if I’m really as fat as the person who weighs what I weigh and if I really looked like that when I was 287.
And from a pure entertainment point of view, it is horrible. I mean, who wants to watch a bunch of fat people cry, sweat, and tell the same insipid stories over and over again. Challenges are boring. Use of dramatic commercial breaks is over the top. Product placement is frightening. Ziplock is the secret to weight loss? Well hell, I wish someone had told me a year ago! Why do I watch TV again?