Do you guys watch The Biggest Loser? In case you didn’t know, it’s a reality show that brings 12 people to a weight loss ranch and puts them on a weight loss program. The contestants compete against one another to see who can lose the most weight.
I’ve watched a few episodes here and there and a few times I’ve even followed the show for an entire season. I admit it…I do watch some reality TV, like Extreme Makeover Home Edition, The Biggest Loser, and The Amazing Race. Most of the other ones aren’t really my style, although I did unfortunately get sucked into watching The Bachelor last season…(it won’t happen again). Anyway, I think the biggest loser is a good show. It’s good to see people whose are obese be empowered to do something about it. And I think putting the show on television helps people all over the country to believe in themselves and their ability to achieve their own weight loss goals.
That being said, let’s talk about the reality of the Biggest Loser. Most of the contestants, on average, weigh between 250-450 lbs., & not unlike the 60% of Americans who struggle with obesity, they have a lot of weight to lose. That similarity between the contestants weights and that of most Americans is about the only “reality” of The Biggest Loser. The contestants on The Biggest Loser are away from their families, their jobs, and all their home responsibilities while they are at the ranch. Unless I missed the episode where they clean the toilets, the only thing they do while on the show is workout, eat portion sized meals, learn about nutrition, and get some type of psychological coaching during their “off time”.
Let’s be honest about it, most of the people struggling with obesity in this country have jobs, homes, and a family that they must take care of. They don’t have time to work out for 4 hours a day like many of the contestants on the show do prior to the “weigh in”. They don’t have access to the best nutrition experts in the country, they don’t have a personal trainer living at their house & forcing them to get out of bed and get to the gym. The contestants on The Biggest Loser are isolated from everything in the world while they focus solely on weight loss. They are in their own little world, it’s not “reality” at all.
The reality is that if you aren’t on the show and you want to lose weight, you have to find a way to transform your entire lifestyle from unhealthy to healthy and manage all the other aspects of life at the same time. That is the real challenge that most people in America–and all over the globe–are facing.
It’s a big challenge, but I think The Biggest Loser is actually a part of helping people face that challenge. People can relate to the contestants and their struggles with obesity and it inspires them to achieve similar things. That’s why I like it. I love seeing people achieve their weight loss goals and inspiring others to do the same. If you have the time, check out this audition video for the biggest loser. It’s cute…you’ll laugh and you’ll be touched by this woman’s reason for wanting to be a member of the biggest loser cast.