The Biggest Loser is a show about losing weight. They have about 15-20 contestants per season and someone gets eliminated each week. But how good is it for the average Joe? We discuss the issue here.
The Biggest Loser has been around for some time now and it is really popular in America as there is an obesity crisis.
Each week there are weigh-ins and the bottom two with the lowest weigh-ins have the possibility of being eliminated. Thus this puts an unhealthy stress on the contestant to lose a certain amount to beat the others. This also reinforces the message of being skinny is ok, rather than being healthy and happy.
A lot of unhealthy practices are encouraged on this show such as a rapid weight loss of 70kg in a month.
Here the show is being criticised for making contestants work really hard without much food. They work out for about 5-8 hours a day. Some of the contestants work out so hard that they vomit blood or collapse. The trainers make them get back up and on their machine again. It has some unfair advantages such as a progress weight and a 2kg weight advantage. The trainers do a fine job by pushing them to their limits. But how hard could they go?
I don’t work out for that long period of time, at most I would do three hours. And I love my food way too much to follow the restricted 1000 calorie eating plan that they make the contestants follow.
It has some unfair advantages such as a progress weight and a 2kg weight advantage. The trainers do a fine job by pushing them to their limits. But how hard could they go?
According to the time spent observing the personal trainers at my gym, there is a fine line between going too hard and not going hard enough. Most of the trainers at my gym push their clients to achieve results and they don’t push too hard. Nor do they make their clients do the weigh-ins each week. At most, the personal trainer spends about an hour per day with the client.
They also do the eating challenge and the person that wins it wins immunity. So what do the contestants gain from this? Nothing, I think. I think most people would go back to their unhealthy eating practices in the first place as there is no write down of what you eat.
Most contestants after the show regain their weight. Their metabolism goes slower and the leptin goes down.
If you want to lose weight the dangerous way then go ahead and be on that show. Otherwise you should be happy and healthy as you are and do some exercise each day.