Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Ugh...The Biggest Loser

I am not a fan of The Biggest Loser and I never have been.  After hearing so much about the finale that aired last night I felt like airing my 2 cents...whether anyone wants to hear it or not.

I am a reality tv junkie and I like so many ridiculous shows...sign me up for a Teen Mom 2 marathon or even Hardcore Pawn.  But...make me sit through an episode of The Biggest Loser? Yeah...no.  Although it could be entertaining I feel that the show as a whole is nothing but a fraud.  It portrays images of false hope and unrealistic expectations.  Can someone lose a massive amount of weight by exercising 8 hours a day and learning how to cook...sure!  But who can take off work and live at a ranch for months at a time without a steady paycheck for rent, bills and shopping (ha)?  Most likely not many of us.

Instead, how about a show where you take an average 9-5er and transform their lifestyle realistically while working and living their day to day life.  Seems more realistic for the average overweight tv watcher.  Am I alone on this?  At least if you watch a show like that you can incorporate their habits into your daily routine because it's more relateable.  Not so easy when the habit on the Biggest Loser is an 8 hour Tuesday workout session...am I right?

I would be a hypocrite if I said I wouldn't be the first one to sell out and volunteer for the show if the opportunity fell in my lap.  Hell yes I would run away from my daily life to the ranch and work my ass off for a chance to win $250,000.  Of course I would, who wouldn't?  Unfortunately Fortunately the chances of that happening are slim to none and I would never even audition for the show (insert poo emoji).

Could you imagine being on that show anyway? Think about the pressure you would have to maintain your image!  The public scrutiny that would occur if you didn't maintain a healthy weight and god forbid gained a few pounds.  I wouldn't be able to handle that...I couldn't live my life stressed about impressing other people all the time. No way.  I want to be able to eat donuts and cheeseburgers without worrying about looking bad in the public eye.  Of course...only a few donuts and cheeseburgers while working out 4-5x a week...ha I'm a mess.

Anyway, the point of this little point of view post is to discuss what happened last night  Basically the winner of the most recent season went from 260lbs to 105lbs losing over 59% of her body weight.  Who am I to say this is wrong or that she lost too much?  I'm not going to comment on that...however I will comment on the fact that it was most likely all lost in a unrealistic way and only to win the $250k prize money.  I'm sure that she would have been happy with a maintained 120lb frame but continued pushing herself in order to win.  Do what you want to win the money, but at least let it be known publicly that what you did is not recommended for the average watcher. Make a statement to let everyone know that it is not a healthy weight for a 5'4 frame and that viewers should not follow in your footsteps.

That's all I'm sayin'...


10 comments:

  1. I stopped watching TBL several years ago; I still enjoyed some aspects, but the contestants seemed to get more douchey every year & it always ended up being people I hated sho would win. After seeing all the hoopla that has happened in response to the most recent finale, I have no regrets skipping the show.

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    1. Yeah...it seems like a great concept for a reality show..but done in such a bs way!! It could be SO much better and more relatable if they just made some major changes.

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  2. Have you read this yet? So scary! http://www.bodylovewellness.com/2010/06/09/kai-hibbard-biggest-loser-finalist-part-1-of-3/

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    1. I do remember seeing that! I am so anti TBL that I was all over this.

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  3. Well said, I can't stand TBL as it gives off the wrong message to people aspiring to lose weight. Really poor taste in this years finale!

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  4. I've been aware of the show, but I had never watched until this year (I only watch tv while working out and previously I didn't have a way of watching current programming in my gym). I had NOT seen the article mentioned above ... interesting. I did a post on my blog about the season in general from a newbie with no knowledge of previous seasons ...

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  5. I seriously hate The Biggest Loser too. It really horrifies me that people at such high cardiac risk can be pushed so hard and that a network and producers are allowed to profit legally from it. It is just wrong on so many levels, and it is hardly inspiring either as it is way beyond the scope of any normal person to be able to push themselves (actually, they are being harassed by personal trainers) so relentlessly.

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    1. Totally agree. It's a quick fix to a long time weight problem. Totally not safe.

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