Disadvantages of watching The Biggest Loser

Disadvantages of watching <em>The Biggest Loser</em>

Here are a few things to think about after watching The Biggest Loser:

The Biggest loser is not the real world

In reality, you probably:

  • Can’t quit your job to start exercising full-time.
  • Can’t seclude yourself from distractions (phone, computer, TV, etc.).
  • Don’t have America holding you accountable for your weight loss.
  • Don’t have cars, money, and other prizes to compete for.
  • Don’t have a full-time personal trainer telling you what to do (nor have the money for one).
  • Aren’t receiving daily food advice and having someone grocery shop for you.

Losing 10 lbs a week is not realistic

It’s common for a contestant on The Biggest Loser to lose 10+ lbs per week. This is not common however in the real world. Realistically, it’s not even possible unless you’re doing something drastic (and probably unsafe).

Losing 1 or 2lbs is not a failure

After watching The Biggest Loser, you might view a 1 or 2 lb weight loss (safe and recommended amount of weekly weight loss) as a failure and give up exercising and trying to lose weight.

It’s hard to stay motivated to continue exercising if you don’t see progress on the scale, but it’s especially hard if you’re comparing yourself to contestants on The Biggest Loser.

Weight loss is not a competition

Weight loss is a journey; it’s not a race or competition and there is no finish line. The only way to achieve permanent weight loss is to make small and gradual changes to your lifestyle, one at a time.

High intensity exercise is not the only way to lose weight

Watching The Biggest Loser may lead you to believe that running and extreme high intensity exercises are the only way to lose weight. In reality,

  • This type of exercise puts the contestants at a high risk for injury (due to their weight, medical conditions, and previously sedentary lifestyle).
  • The clips of contestants sprinting probably last 20-30 seconds (although the TV clip may lead you to believe they were sprinting for 30 minutes).
  • You can walk to lose weight.

Personal trainers are not mean and intimidating

Watching the show may lead you to believe that all trainers are like Jillian Michaels and Bob Harper. You might feel intimidated or scared to hire a trainer, especially if you’ve never worked with one. In reality, Jillian and Bob are TV personalities.

Recommended products are paid advertisements

Products that the trainers on the show recommend (examples: Brita water and Wrigley’s sugar-free gum) are paid endorsements.

While I agree that water is healthy and chewing gum is a good idea to get through cravings, the product recommendations are blatant advertisements.

While there are disadvantages to watching The Biggest Loser, there are also advantages to watching the show.

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